Wow. Never did I expect to receive so many comments from people all over the world. I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly happy all of your comments about Fez made me. I read each of them out loud to my friend Nina and then we high-fived. Your comments have been thoughtful and moving and inspiring and believe me when I say that I know how lucky I am to be here in this glorious city. I am so grateful to all of you and I am thrilled to take you on this grand adventure with me. So here we go again. I feel as if I’ve gotten into the rhythm of life in the medina and I don’t get so overwhelmed by things like a maze of alleyways or donkey shit. I have been fortunate to travel the world and as I’m sure you know (or can imagine), it’s way better to get the low down through a local. That’s when the magic happens, and a lot of magic has happened since I’ve been here. Nina took me to her friend Adil’s shop in Fez Jdid (near the old Jewish quarter) to look for textiles and we spent the entire morning there shopping and ogling over rugs, poufs, jewelry, slippers, etc. Afterwards we went to eat street food which consisted of fava bean soup with salt, olive oil, cumin, and cayenne pepper. It was the heartiest soup I’ve ever had, and definitely one of the best that’s ever made it’s way into my mouth. I’ve also been introduced to Yunis, another one of Nina’s friends who is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. I unearthed some very old textiles at his shop and later on went to his friends house to watch them play drums. Total experience. Noura, who is Nina’s housekeeper has been cooking up a storm everyday – fish, beets, rice, pasta, potatoes, fava bean soup, artichoke hearts, lentils, the list goes on. It’s been a dream. And I just got back from the hammam where I was scrubbed from head to toe with rhassoul, a super creamy soap made from various oils. Amazing. Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon!
This is the joint where we ate fava bean soup. It’s a common dish here but this guy is known for his. There’s a tiny communal table that seats about 6 people and he serves you soup from those gigantic pots.