Sunday, August 12, 2012

Back in Morocco!

After 2 weeks of traipsing through the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, Justin and I are back safe and sound in home sweet Tiflet. It was a wonderful trip, with so many things to do and experience! But by the end we were happy to return to Morocco and get back to our lives here.

We're now back into the Ramadan routine, fasting during the days and breaking the fast with our host family or friends in the evening (if you missed it, you can read more about Ramadan in my post here). Ramadan continues for another 7 or 8 days (depending on the moon) and then concludes on a holiday called "Eid al-Fitr" (literally means Festivity after Completing the Fast). I don't know too much yet about the traditions associated with this holiday in Morocco, but I'm sure I will be reporting more soon!

More to come over the next week (a big day is coming up on Thursday, blog post forthcoming) but for now, enjoy some of my favorite photos from our trip! To see my full album, you can click here - It's a public album on Facebook, so as long as you have an account, you should be able to view it.

"I Amsterdam" sign in front of the Rijksmuseum, in Amsterdam, of course!
View of the Anne Frank House and an Amsterdam canal
from the tower of Westerkirk (translated "Western Church").
The beautiful Tuschinksi Theater in Amsterdam.
The House of Bols experience in Amsterdam, where we learned
how smell affects taste - really beautifully designed!
In Kinderdijk, with the largest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands.
Portrait of a beautiful windmill!
At Aalsmeer, the largest flower auction in the world, 
where over 80% of the world's flowers come from!
Justin tries to model a famous MC Escher work at the museum in Den Haag.
Smiling on a boat cruise in Prague.
Breathtaking stained glass windows 
at the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle.
Inside the church at the Vysehrad National Monument in Prague. 
Beautiful art nouveau designs.
Prague by night!

The famous Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, an old mining town. 
Estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, 
whose bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations 
and furnishings for the chapel. Creepy but beautiful!
In a prison in Terezin, which was used as a holding camp/ghetto for Jews 
during World War II before they were sent to concentration camps. 
This says something like "Work will make you free."
Amazing Dutch cuisine! Here are meat dumplings with cabbage and beets.
More Dutch cuisine - beef goulash (so good!) and more dumplings.
The beautiful Karlstejn castle, outside of Prague.
A band playing at Konopiste Castle, also outside of Prague.
Lots of hunted animals on the walls behind them, which filled the castle!
The beautiful Spanish Synagogue in Prague.