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Fulbright Scholarships

MOROCCO | Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Views [533]

 After class on Wednesday, we met up with Nisrine and followed her through the quiet residential area to the office for the Fulbright group. As we were walking in, someone behind us recognized Nisrine and told her (and, by extension, us) to go in, ... Read more >

Tags: fulbright, research, strikes, teaching, university


Another Time, Another Town, Another Everything

MOROCCO | Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Views [460]

The Moroccan consensus on Rabat, at least among people of our age, tends to be that it is a boring city. From the ftour on the beach: Fati (who has lived her entire life in Rabat): “What do you think of Rabat?” Us: “It's nice.... Read more >

Tags: film, school, taxi, transportation, travel


Waiting for the King

MOROCCO | Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Views [367]

 As politics class was ending, it became increasingly difficult to ignore the noises outside. I've gotten relatively used to the occasional honking. And by “occasional honking' I mean “occasionally there will be a solid minute of honking.... Read more >

Tags: absuridsm, cars, king, music, queen, waiting


Poli Sci Paper and Procrastination

MOROCCO | Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Views [2061]

 On the syllabus for poli sci, there was a 8-10 page paper that counted for 20% of our grade. The good news is that by the time the teacher got around to describing it, the paper had dropped down from 8-10 pages to only 5. The bad news is that by ... Read more >

Tags: notebook, papers, pens, presentation, school


Djellabah Shopping Part Two: The Vengeance

MOROCCO | Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | Views [451]

 On Saturday, we arranged to meet at 1:00 for more shopping. Nathan did not come with us, despite the fact that his plan for the day was also to do some miscellaneous shopping. Just not djellabas. Megan had talked with Nisrine, who had given ... Read more >

Tags: djellabah, pockets, spice, tea, turtles


With Clothes or Without?

MOROCCO | Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | Views [1246]

 After ftour on Friday, we met at Marina Bay because really, where else would we go? We initially got two tables, but when none of us ordered food, they took one of them away. The restaurant was still pretty non-crowded (it's never been as crowded ... Read more >

Tags: beach, bets, carnival, casbah, marina bay, moroccan


Ftur in a House

MOROCCO | Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | Views [366]

 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 [310]

 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 [245]

 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 [260]

 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 [325]

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 [1358]

 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


Saturday

MOROCCO | Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | Views [278]

 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 [263]

 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 [556]

 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 [443]

 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 [333]

 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 [302]

 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 [529]

 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 [251]

 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


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