On my recent trip to the USA, the first since I moved to Morocco, I found there were a few things that I already missed about Morocco.
Aside from my husband and my cats, these are things that I have grown very fond of very quickly and they don’t exist or are not prevalent in the USA.
1. Bidet-While it took me a long time to adapt to this strange bathroom fixture, I find that it is difficult to live without now. When visiting Italy, I used it to hold my cosmetic case for many years. After moving there, I learned to use it for its intended function, and find it efficient and necessary.
The countries that use bidets include South Korea, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Lebanon, India, and Pakistan. Installation is mandatory in Spain, Portugal, and Italy and has been since 1975. I really missed the convenience of this bathroom equipment.
If you’ve never used a bidet, read here to find out how. Additionally, you can use a bidet for handwashing items, washing a small pet, washing your feet, giving yourself a pedicure and all kinds of other tasks.
2. The sea-I’ve never lived in this close proximity to the sea before and it is intoxicating. While visiting my parents, I was beside the lake and while lovely, it’s not the same. I enjoy watching the ships pass through the Strait of Gibraltar and dreaming of the places they’ve been and are going. The cool salty breezes through my windows make me feel like I’m on permanent vacation.
3. Simple, fresh food-Everyday we shop in one of the fresh markets or from some of the farmers who bring their crops into the city to sell. We eat simple grilled fish and poultry and snack on fresh fruits. I ate out a lot in the States and the menus are complicated. There are many ingredients included in recipes and a lot of processed food. We ate at home, bought bagged lettuce, and packaged vegetables in the market. They looked beautiful but didn’t taste the same.
4. Walking-I don’t have a car but public transportation is available when I need it. When I go out my apartment door, I can walk to the café’s, grocery store, market, restaurants, pharmacy, bakery and just about anything that you can think of. I spent a lot of time in the USA in the car just to pick up something at the grocery or go out for something to eat.
5. Café culture-I love going out for a tea or coffee and sitting there for hours with a book or my computer writing. With the exception of a few places like Starbucks and some independently owned coffee shops, that is not acceptable or welcome in the USA.
6. The Call to Prayer-I do not practice religion, but the Call to Prayer, similar to the chiming of the church bells is a welcome and anticipated sound throughout the day. It gives me time to pause and reflect on how lucky I am and adds some consistency and regularity to my day.