We are traveling today and are on our way to Marrakesh. It is a 6½ hour drive so we start early.
The Ramadan workday starts at 9:00 – 9:30 and ends around 3:00 – 3:30. A normal workday is 9:00 – 12:00 then 3:00- to 6:00 as they go home for lunch and a nap. Bosses are more lenient during Ramadan especially on hard jobs because they know that it is difficult to work when you are hungry and thirsty. Omar and I saw a man on a motorcycle yelling at a man in a car. It was about an hour before he could eat. I told Omar about the word, “hangry” which is being angry because you’re hungry. The fast ends around 6:50 – 6:55pm. A cannon announces the end. They refer to it as breakfast since they are breaking the fast which confuses the rest of us.
They have a breakfast which consists of milk and dates and honey cakes and juice. Harira is lentil soup. This light breakfast is later followed with a big dinner and then a meal is eaten again at 4:00am before the sun rises. Iftar is the official name of the “dinner break fast”.
We non-Muslims are on a force fast and are sharing in their discomfort. No restaurants are open during the day. We found a McDonalds. Now THAT is a happy meal.
We tried to find a laundry service, but they were closed. So after three tries, we took our stinking laundry back to the hotel. Omar came up with a plan. He asked our driver to find a place the next day and bring it back to us. I hope that he or his wife didn’t just do it.
After dark, we go out as a group to the Old Medina to have dinner. Things are hopping after the sun goes down and the fast is over. We all celebrate!!