1. Iran I Am Expressions

    I Am Expressions   My training for Peace Corps Iran was held in a small town south of Tehran.  This was in 1973. I remember some of those days very well.  Other days I remember only being less than well, spending a lot of time on squat toilets.  Some things I don’t need to remember. Some memories just reappear in the oddest ways. One of the training exercises was to test our level of Farsi Language learning.  I think it was also a test to help us discover for ourselves if the Peace Corps exp...

  2. Morocco Spice Rack

    I met my husband while serving in the Peace Corps.  This poem is a celebration of the blending of our cultures and the wonderful diversity it brought to our lives.   Spice Rack   America’s melting pot implies mélange. Spice rack conjures up complexity: The tongue distinguishing textures And tastes – sweet, savory, Pleasantly piquant.                                         We were raised differently-- You: Moroccan, Arabic-speaking, Moslem; Me: American, English-speaking, Catholic, But food...

  3. Tunisia Kindergarten, Hammam-Zriba

    Taken in 1968, the photo shows opening day, waiting for President Habib Bourguiba, at a kindergarten I designed in Hammam-Zriba, a village near Zagouan.  Subsequently I became a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Tunis, helping to establish the first professional degree program for architects in Tunisia.

  4. Morocco Cookbook

    A culinary record of recipes tested and digested au Maroc from the summer of '82 to the close of service in '83!

  5. Morocco Moore Cooking With Joy

      Perhaps good food and Peace Corps seem antithetical, but in Morocco, a cultural crossroads, it was everywhere.  Whether fruit, vegetables or a plucked chicken from the market, most things were fresh and seasonally available in towns such as Taza or Essaouira.  And lacking such distractions as a telephone or TV, we had an incentive to imitate Julia Child's joie de la cuisine.   Those of us who were teachers in Morocco had the summer months off to work on special projects. My friend Joy and I...

  6. Morocco Goat in an argan tree

    During my first year of teaching English in the provincial capital of Taza, I met my husband at the marche in Fez.  He was working for a French oil company and during my second year of service, he was transferred to the region of Essaouira. We conducted a long-distance romance which included visits back and forth.  When I visited him in the south, I saw goats like this one climbing in the argan trees to eat the nutty, olive-size fruit.  

  7. Morocco Sahara

    A camel trek in Merzuga in the south of Morocco. 

  8. Morocco Through the Field

    Visiting my friend's site and talking a walk through the fields at sunset.

  9. Morocco Strawberry Boy

    A small boy buying strawberries at a small market in Marrakech.

  10. Morocco Kite Surfing

    Kite surfing tournament in Essaouria, Morocco

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.