April 5th, 2020

Morocco posts

The Stillness : in Morocco (2)

The Stillness
in Morocco
by Shannon Amaadar




(23 March 2020)
The government has now implemented a full quarantine. Repatriation flights have been cancelled and all transportation between cities has been stopped. People are being pulled over and asked to show their permission slips through closed car windows.

This was taken from my walk yesterday.
"This is from my walk yesterday."

Over the weekend, protests erupted in the northern cities. Crowds of people filled the streets marching against what they view as a government overstepping their bounds, inching towards utilitarianism.

They don’t think about how close they are to Spain, and how easily they could be spreading this virus.

In the past few months, the borders with the Spanish cities have been closed to curb bootlegging and illegal migration. This is just another measure by the government to make life difficult for the people in these cities.

This has forced the government to enact stricter laws with regards to the quarantine measures. Anyone caught disobeying, caught out in the street with no reason, opening shops and selling without a special permit, or spreading misinformation, will spend up to 3 months in jail and pay a fine.

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For me it’s life as usual or at least usual for the last week. I work mostly online anyway it’s just that now I’m on the couch and supplying my own coffee.

I’m not incredibly worried. The government here is making a lot of effort to contain the spread. I feel inconvenienced more than anything.

I’m using this new found time to try to relax a little and reflect. The constant running from place to place before all of this created a lot of anxiety. I’m beginning to loosen up again.

Until a new anxiety fills the space.

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Right now, I’m looking out my window at empty streets. Stray dogs and cats are becoming braver, taking back more and more territory from us. I have some relaxing music playing on the YouTube. The kind of music you hear playing in a small cafe as you lean back and sip a latte. It helps.

I’m thinking about what I want to make for lunch, and what I should accomplish today. I have a lesson with my students from the UK this afternoon. I also have to create more online teaching resources and upload them to my website.

I keep busy.

The government says the quarantine will be in effect until April 20th. Almost a month.

How different things will be by then.


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Links:
Instagram: @s_amaadar
FB page: Meet Me In Morocco
Teachers Resources: Kings English School
Shannon Amaadar
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The Stillness : in Morocco (3)

The Stillness
in Morocco
by Shannon Amaadar


(04 April 2020 - Quarantine diary)
The days are slipping into each other. After more than 2 weeks in the house, I’m beginning to slide into a routine. Not a good one, but it calms the anxious thoughts. It adds some certainty to the uncertain time we're facing.

Wake up, eat breakfast. Then it’s time for my online course, so I feel that I’m accomplishing something. Next it’s time to watch some videos about how other countries are dealing with the pandemic and answer some messages I’ve been ignoring.

Now it’s time for the day’s big event. I get showered and dressed and make out the list of things that I need at the shop. It’s a short walk, but it refreshes my mind and reminds me that the world is still out there.

Often, when I return to the building complex, I sit in the community playground. The kids have all gone, but I can hear their mothers through the kitchen windows cooking lunch and gossiping.



I see the same men walk past me every day. They walk past me slowly, as thankful to feel the sun as I am, even for just a moment. Five minutes later they return, bag in hand. It seems the neighbours have their routine as well, as if we are all living the same day over and over again.



I think about how things were, and the invitations I turned down. How many times I didn’t go to the beach, or the new cafe I didn’t have time to try.

I wait for something different, something new, but it’s Groundhog Day. What day is it? What month are we in? 30 days has September, April, June, and November...

Is it time to go home? What will we do tomorrow? I think a trip to the zoo is in order, something to break the routine. Yes, let’s take a vacation; we all could use a day out.

What time is it? 8am, check Facebook then time for breakfast. Next is my online course, I want to feel like I’m accomplishing something. I wonder what America is doing about the pandemic now? What time is it? I should get in the shower.

Links:
Instagram: @s_amaadar
FB page: Meet Me In Morocco
Teachers Resources: Kings English School
Shannon Amaadar