Morocco

January 3, 2013

Hellos and Goodbyes: Final Post

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Today I am leaving for Kenya on a three week interim trip entitled Religion, Society, and Change in East Africa. This means that, for the third time in about a year–and the fourth time overall–I will be returning to the African continent. Each time, I have experienced something entirely different from the last, and I […]

December 2, 2012

Research, Awkward Questions, and Interviews

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It is two weeks into my three-week Independent Study Project, and I am more interested in my subject than ever. Honestly, I have met and interviewed some fascinating people this week. So, I have already written a fair amount on the subject of my project with my last post (the narrative of sub-Saharan Christians in […]

November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Abroad

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So first, today marks my 21st birthday! It’s tough to be away from home, but my roommates and friends have been great here, and I’m really enjoying myself. This weekend also marks the end of the first work week of my Independent Study Project. Although this week went by much too quickly for me to feel […]

November 16, 2012

A day in the life of a tourist

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As always, this week has been different from the last. With classes ended last week, we’ve been transitioning into our Independent Study Project time, which will last for the next three weeks. Our final week, December 8-15, will see us all back in Rabat to present our projects. Each person is allowed to choose their […]

November 8, 2012

Episodes from a Rural Village

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I’m writing at the end of our last week of classes, after my Arabic oral exam (momtaz!), before my parents arrive for a week on Saturday (mezzien!), and with only three more classes. Next week we will have a week off to plan our Independent Study Projects, a 20-40 page paper that will count for […]

October 31, 2012

Eid Mubarak Saied

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What a hectic week this has been, between moving families, getting sick, and then Eid Al-Adha this weekend. In Islam, there are two major holiday/feasts, called Eid, throughout the year–the first following Ramadan, and the second, Eid Al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), a few months later. It was this second one that Moroccans celebrated this […]

October 25, 2012

New Families

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It has been a while since I have last been able to post. In part, that is because I got pretty sick in the middle of the week and was unable to access any internet connection. Shortly, I will describe the village where I lived last week, but I wanted to take a moment to […]

October 9, 2012

And this is why I studied abroad

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I feel as though I should start by saying that yesterday was a Monday. A typical Monday, in fact, complete with the most boring lecture through which I have ever struggled to listen. A Monday to start a week with a 10-page paper, an Arabic exam, and a presentation on Friday, and a Monday after a […]

October 2, 2012

Lessons Learned

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After 10 very long days of traveling, I’m back in Rabat to celebrate my one-month anniversary on this program. To be honest, this one week felt as long as the first three weeks in Rabat, and I think I learned as much about myself and about this country (and the USA) through traveling. First lesson: […]

Andalusian Music

September 21, 2012

Highs and Lows

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I wanted to write today because tomorrow our program is going on a 10-day excursion to the south. We will travel to Marrakech, Essaouira, Merzouga, and some other towns, and we will also stop overnight in the desert to ride camels! We’re all very excited to have a chance to get out of Rabat and […]