A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of by Suzanna Clarke

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By Suzanna Clarke

The Medina -- the outdated urban -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled urban on the earth. inside of this bright Moroccan group, web cafes and cellphones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, thousand-year-old sewer platforms, and Arab-style homes, lovely with complex, if frequently shabby, mosaic paintings.
While touring in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are encouraged to shop for a dilapidated, centuries-old riad in Fez with the purpose of restoring it to its unique attractiveness, utilizing purely conventional craftsmen and hand-crafted fabrics. So starts off a amazing experience that's bewildering, now and then hilarious, and eventually immensely lucrative.
A apartment in Fez chronicles their meticulous recovery, however it is usually a trip into Moroccan customs and lore and a window into the lives of its humans as friendships blossom. while the riad is ultimately back to its former glory, Suzanna unearths she has not only restored an outdated apartment, but additionally her soul.

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You were analyzing my ability to quickly assess someone’s character,’’ Seth stated with a smile. ’’ ‘‘You were very close,’’ Hannah replied. ‘‘But don’t get too confident. Quite frankly, these three weren’t that hard to figure out. Your hardest work assessing character hasn’t even begun. ’’ THE CHALLENGE Hannah explained that the office was broken into four equal teams, and Seth was inheriting the ‘‘misfit’’ team. C01 02/05/2011 14:19:13 26 Page 26 ENGAGED LEADERSHIP ‘‘The office is driven by numbers, and the managers compete with each other for bragging rights in each area we measure,’’ Hannah explained.

Seth asked. ‘‘The hours. Before I got promoted, I looked at how management came in at 8 and left at 5. When I got promoted, I assumed I would do the same. And before Hannah arrived, I did. Although sometimes I leave at 5 if my son has a baseball game, I’m normally here much later. My wife doesn’t like how much I’m working, but I love the opportunity to learn from Hannah, and my team’s results have been improving. ’’ After they ordered their lunch, Seth continued his questioning. ‘‘Aaron, you seem to enjoy the fact that Hannah has become a part of the team.

You’ll wish you hadn’t made that deal. Quite frankly, I’m glad you did though because it means I don’t have to take on any of that team. ’’ ‘‘I’m willing to take on the challenge. ’’ ‘‘If it were me,’’ Jill responded, ‘‘I wouldn’t rock the boat too much. Anything you do that’s drastic will cause problems, and it’s just not worth the C01 02/05/2011 14:19:13 32 Page 32 ENGAGED LEADERSHIP hassle. Tell them they need to start coming to work, and follow the procedures for discipline if they don’t. That’s about all you can do.

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