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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

Isle de Goree: Boring/Academic Side that Nisrine Needs to Write About

SENEGAL | Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 | Views [339]

 The bus took us to the ferry landing. Before I left the bus, I just stared out the window and thought “really? I need to walk through all these people with my bulging bag (we left one bag at the hotel, so we were all carrying everything we ... Read more >

Tags: lectures, money, ocean, slaves, tea

Another Day Another Destiny

SENEGAL | Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | Views [300]

 The next day was slightly better. Assuming you define “better” as “easier to stay awake” or “shorter.” For a definition that doesn't include either of those, it was about the same. Breakfast was the same as ... Read more >

Tags: fish, lecture, religion

Lectures and Meals on 3.5 Hours of Sleep

SENEGAL | Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | Views [265]

There are breakfasts that are worth getting up early for. There are breakfasts that would have been worth getting up at 7 for. This was not one of them. The best thing I can say about it is that the caffeine in the coffee seemed to be real. It ... Read more >

Tags: embassy, food, lectures

Glance Back at Rabat

MOROCCO | Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | Views [290]

 Before the airport in Dakar, I had a pretty quiet Sunday. (I'd seen the schedule for Dakar. I was taking advantage of quietness when I could.) I did go out to accompany Abir while she sold textbooks. Or tried to. She went down a street, asking ... Read more >

Tags: airplane, airport, diseases, mothers

First Sights in Dakar

SENEGAL | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | Views [410]

 One of the first rules of going to a place like Senegal is to keep an open mind. Senegal is a “least developed country,” and constant wishful reminisces to how things are in the United States or Morocco will just lead to disappointment ... Read more >

Tags: airplane, airport, dakar, water

From the Ocean to Agdal: A Free Day in Rabat

MOROCCO | Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | Views [338]

 On Friday, Cynthia mentioned that her host sister had a surfing lesson at 11:00, so she was going to the beach, and invited other people to come too. So anyone else who was interested and particularly good at finding a small group of Americans ... Read more >

Tags: food, group, ocean

We'll Prove it with Reference to our Last Seminar

MOROCCO | Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | Views [337]

My host mother seems determined to make sure I learn “hamka,” the Darija word for “crazy.” She uses it nearly as much as she uses “Le bas?” and she asks me that every time I see her. It would be a fair trade, since ... Read more >

Tags: arabic, couscous, debate, endings, school

Food, Food, Henna, Food, Tea, Food

MOROCCO | Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | Views [533]

I've now been in Morocco long enough that I'm forming definite preferences about food beyond “I like this, I don't like that.” One of these preferences is for their fried bread (I believe it's called “rif”) over the more bread-... Read more >

Tags: bear, food, henna, tea

Pre-Debate Preparation

MOROCCO | Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | Views [255]

Classes on Thursday went well, though our lit professor spent about half the time talking about the reading we'd done for Wednesday. We only had the one presentation in politics, as was sane. But, before we could start our lunch, a woman from a Moroccan ... Read more >

Tags: cafe, debate, walking

Empty Karaoke

MOROCCO | Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | Views [1256]

On Wednesday, we didn't have politics class, going instead to the Center of African Studies. We got a short tour of the building, then sat down in a conference room. The building wasn't that interesting. There were pictures of Mohammed V right ... Read more >

Tags: boat, karaoke, school

A Change is Gonna Come

MOROCCO | Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | Views [254]

On Tuesday, I saw a car enter the Mdina the same way that I had just left it. So although the two-way road was nice, it was far from necessary, as any car that isn't overly concerned about pedestrians can just push its way through the crowd. (Said ... Read more >

Tags: dance, music, theater

Unofficial Outing

MOROCCO | Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | Views [317]

On Monday, we had more classes. There was some confusion about what we were supposed to read for literature, since we were on week two of the class, but there was one poem left in the “week one” packet, and we hadn't yet finished the story ... Read more >

Tags: arabic, boat, cafe, food, toothpaste

Fezzes are Cool*

MOROCCO | Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | Views [457]

Our tour of Fez skipped right over the “ville nouvelle,” because it had only been built in 1913 and consequently had no history, at least not according to the tour guide. As we drove past, he gave us a brief description: “It's like ... Read more >

Tags: animals, fabric, fes, shopping, tour

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

MOROCCO | Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | Views [254]

Breakfast was a buffet at the hotel. It was my kind of breakfast buffet, by which I mean the ration of bread to meat was at least 3:1. Their bread was pretty global- they had croissants, breads with glaze that I recognized seeing in the Mdnina in Rabat, ... Read more >

Tags: food

The Turkish Bath (in Fes)

MOROCCO | Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | Views [377]

The zeroeth room of the Hammam is just like any changing room in the U.S., with one notable exception: you don't exactly change in there. You take off all of your clothing except your underwear and, at the end of your visit, you put on all new clothing.... Read more >

Tags: hammam, moroccan customs

Journey to Fes

MOROCCO | Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | Views [290]

Without needing to go to Casablanca for vaccination, my morning (and most of the afternoon) was nice and quiet. I ate a nice breakfast with my host mother and Saida, gave her my laundry so it would be done when I got back at the end of the weekend ... Read more >

Tags: arabic, classmates, food

Can't Get Lost if I Don't Know Where to Go

MOROCCO | Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | Views [314]

I'd figured that my host father had simply been one day off in terms of when he needed to pick us up. But the next day, he was waiting for Erika and I. He motioned for us to go ahead, and followed us at some distance, watching.   At times ... Read more >

Tags: food, lost, mdina, school

Just Another Day

MOROCCO | Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | Views [343]

We arrived at the center on Wednesday a little nervous about what to expect. Everyone who was taking the politics class was nervous about not having quite finished the reading, or maybe finished but not read it as thoroughly and with as much focus ... Read more >

Tags: exploring, food, school

Just Hanging Out, Hanging Out, Hanging Out with my Family

MOROCCO | Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | Views [347]

The shower is the first thing that I look at and think “I need to put up with this for seven weeks?” Take a typical half-bath, maybe a little wider than normal and with a decent window sill. Shrink the sink so that you can move it into ... Read more >

Tags: arabic, food, host family, house

School then Work and then Life

MOROCCO | Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | Views [278]

During breakfast Monday morning, someone made the comment that she was excited for classes to start. By the end of the day, I certainly agreed. My host family and Rabat were both so unfamiliar, I wanted something that I could understand again. And ... Read more >

Tags: arabic, literature, school

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