Mahmood’s from Morocco. He grew up near Casablanca. Below he talks about his childhood.
My Childhood in Morocco
Bread with olive oil and mint tea, the standard and traditional Moroccan breakfast. of course not every day, but this meal is like a must for a Moroccan to enjoy breakfast.
It was travelling to Asilah (Morocco) and swimming in its ocean. I still enjoying it to this day.
In the beginning it was just the 3 of us, my father, son and holy mom. My sister was born when I was 7 – and then there were 4 of us.
Just the local Moroccan “Darija” (a local version of Arabic) and a little Standard Arabic from school and cartoons. At the time, French used to be taught at 3rd grade, when i was 10 years old.
This might sound funny but i used to dream of becoming a train driver as I loved trains so much. Ambitious huh ? At a certain phase of my childhood I also wanted to become a footballer (soccer player).
Big flies, darkness. And for some unknown reason it would scare me so much when someone knocked on our door from the outside!
Mostly hide-and-seek and football, also Super Nintendo if that counts – and some other traditional games like police and thieves, racing…etc.
Lots of TV shows that I used to come running home from school to watch at the time – mainly cartoons : Captain Tsubasa, Tsurikichi Sanpei, Tiger Mask, Mowgli. I believe these were my main favourite cartoon shows. I also have beautiful memories with Dragon Ball, for real acting shows I remember that used to love “V: The visitors” and “The girl from tomorrow”.
Often I would go to bed between 9 and 10 pm, no internet no smart phones, no Play Station. No kid shows after 7 pm, so nothing to stay awake for.
If I may, I’d say 25% similarity. I know I’m different – everybody who knows me knows that! I’m not praising myself, I know I’m not a genius, but you don’t have to be genius to be different, besides…I didn’t really chose to be this way, it’s just the way I am…
Turkey, Canada, Germany, England
Yes but only inside Morocco, I’ve been to many cities up to 2017 : Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Amerzegan, Marrakesh, Rabat, Larrache, Tangier, Tetouan…but most of my travels were between Casablanca and Asilah.