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Trip: Arabic and French in Morocco and Senegal

There are [65] stories from my trip: Arabic and French in Morocco and Senegal

Ftur in a House

MOROCCO | Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | Views [347]

 On Thursday, we were invited (several days in advance) to join Oussama at his house for Ftour. We told our host families we would be going out that night and waited around at the IES Center until 7. Fatima did come by to lock up, but this time ... Read more >

Tags: books, food, gnomes, presentations

Fondation Orient-Occident (re)Visited

MOROCCO | Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | Views [288]

 On Wednesday, I tried to go to lit class at 10:45. Normally by then, Natasha and Cynthia's poli sci professor is long gone, so it's just the two of them talking about Tumblr and other things they've found on the Internet. On Wednesday, however, ... Read more >

Tags: field trip, immigration, sewing, teaching

And Now the Test

MOROCCO | Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | Views [222]

 There's a saying that I've heard several times- “Life is a hard a teacher. She always gives the test first and the lesson afterwards.” That's how I've felt about Darija class. First we go home to our host families, and only later learn ... Read more >

Tags: arabic, marina bay, test

You Talk About Your Politics and I Wonder if You Could be One of Them

MOROCCO | Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | Views [245]

 On Wednesday, we had about half an hour to eat lunch because at 1:00 we needed to go visit the Moroccan parliament as a field trip for poli sci. I've clearly gotten accustomed to my longer lunches, because despite half an hour being plenty of time ... Read more >

Tags: clocks, mosaics, parliament, pictures

Ftur on the Beach

MOROCCO | Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | Views [293]

Remember back to our very first night in Rabat? When we went to the restaurant and danced, and there were other Moroccans more or less our age, and we exchanged contact information? Well, we finally got around to finding a day that worked both parties.... Read more >

Tags: beach, food, moroccans, music, singing

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

MOROCCO | Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | Views [1338]

 At 9:00, Natasha, Erika, Cynthia, and I met at the boat. Megan and Nathan were doing things with their host families. We hung around for a bit deciding what to do, then decided to go to Marina Bay. Just like every other day.   We were ... Read more >

Tags: catcalls, hebrew, rugs, shopping, teapots, tiles


MOROCCO | Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | Views [260]

 Whereas Friday was full of Americans, Saturday was not. I was running out shampoo and conditioner, so I decided that I should go get some more. Since shopping by myself in the Mdina was still a frightening prospect (so much noise and so many ... Read more >

Tags: catcalls, males, russian, solo

The Fourth of July*

MOROCCO | Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | Views [239]

 Cynthia's host mom had agreed to take as djellaba-shopping, so at 2:30 we all met and went out. We were led through the Mdina and past several shops that looked like they sold fine djellabas to the one particular one her host mom was looking for.... Read more >

Tags: fourth of july, juice, marina bay, sweet

Optometrist in Rabat

MOROCCO | Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | Views [535]

 Even before I left for Morocco, my glasses were having the occasional problems. Like it would be raining, I'd come inside, go to dry my glasses, and the right lens would pop out. It would pop back in easily, but, in retrospect, was the kind of ... Read more >

Tags: glasses

Midterms and Commercials

MOROCCO | Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | Views [414]

 At the beginning of lit class, our professor handed out the sheet that had the questions for our midterm. There were four of them, each of which should be answered in “a small paragraph,” and each of them essentially asked “do ... Read more >

Tags: commercials, food, lion, midterm, school, water

Chocolate for Dinner

MOROCCO | Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | Views [308]

 On Wednesday, we handed in our papers for the Dakar trip. They were due to our two non-Arabic teachers. Our lit professor was delighted when Megan turned hers in and shocked when the rest of us also handed in our papers. Last year, the students ... Read more >

Tags: cafe, food, iftar, midterm, school

Our Daughters Will Never be Free

MOROCCO | Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | Views [283]

 On Tuesday, someone from a women's human rights NGO based in Morocco came to talk to us. She was originally American, though she'd lived in Morocco for the past 20 years. (“I came over a lot like you guys, for a study abroad. And essentially ... Read more >

Tags: ngo, women

Something Next to Normal Would be OK

MOROCCO | Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | Views [503]

 I was right. After a week of Senegalese accents, the politics class was much easier. I say that with the knowledge that I don't need to present this week- we get Friday off to “celebrate the 4 th of July.” So I don't need to worry ... Read more >

Tags: books, food, fourth of july, school

Back in Morocco

MOROCCO | Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | Views [240]

 We got back from the airport at about the time my family was preparing for lunch. Which was very nice, since that had been much of what I'd been dreaming about for the last two or three days in Senegal. Cynthia's family had told her that when she ... Read more >

Tags: beach, food, modern art

Ramadan and Korean Dramas

MOROCCO | Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | Views [1753]

 I've been meaning to write about the aspects of Islam I have casually seen in Morocco (particularly my host family) for some time now. The beginning of Ramadan seems like an appropriate time to get around to it.  One of the earlier Arabic ... Read more >

Tags: food, islam, ramadan

Looking Back at Senegal

SENEGAL | Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | Views [364]

 The saying “it's the journey and not the destination that matters” does not apply to airplane travel.  First of all, airplane trips are all about the destination. You constantly need to present your boarding pass to prove that ... Read more >

Tags: french, airplane, airport, culture, interesting

Last Day in Dakar

SENEGAL | Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | Views [389] | Comments [1]

 Our final lecture in Senegal was so hard to listen to. To begin with, the speaker was quiet. And there was construction going on outside. It was the same building we'd been in for the last two lectures, but suddenly, there was construction. And ... Read more >

Tags: haggling, lecture, monty python, shopping


SENEGAL | Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 | Views [268]

 After catching the ferry back from Goree (it was much less crowded this time. I also got to sit upstairs close to the edge of the boat. The breeze was so refreshing, and the sun wasn't in my eyes.) we checked in to the hotel. We had five minutes, ... Read more >

Tags: accents, electricity, lectures, migration, money, monkey

The Rest of (our Visit to) Goree

SENEGAL | Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 | Views [262]

 The tour began by leading us past several artists and shops selling bracelets and necklaces. One of them recognized having talked to Natasha on the ferry and tried to sell her a necklace right there. After we repeated “we don't have time.... Read more >

Tags: cora, dancing, goats, haggling, shopping


SENEGAL | Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 | Views [305]

 The “hotel” we were staying in at Goree was called “L'auberge la Maison du Marin de Goree.” “Auberge” means “inn,” “hostel,” or something between the two. That's a very quick description ... Read more >

Tags: bissap, food, hotel, showers

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