Morocco is filled with incredible sights, alluring smells, and delicious tastes, but to me it was the ever present collection of sounds that best represent my semester.
This summer I served for a second time as Program Alumni for the NSLI-Y Pre-Departure Orientation for students heading to Rabat, Morocco with iEARN. At the same time, it served as my own second PDO for Morocco, where I will be heading back to this fall!
Two years later, and I’m back in New York City for the NSLI-Y Morocco Summer Pre-Departure Orientation! This time I’m here as an alumni of the trip to help prepare the newest group of NSLI-Y finalists to head off to Rabat.
First: Congratulations! Nice job on your acceptance. I hope that you decide to accept it, or that you already have. If you do, you’ll have an amazing time. To make the most of it, here are a few things I wish I had known before going or had done sooner.
It’s the final countdown! This is our last week here in Morocco, and I’ll be rushing to do all the studying for our final tests and projects, as well as see everything I want to before we leave. We spent this past weekend here in Rabat, and I got to relax a little: going to […]
I just got back from my last weekend excursion: Casablanca and Marrakech! I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking, because some things you just have to see. We left Saturday morning and drove to Casablanca, spending the morning touring the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country, and the seventh largest […]
No two cultures are the same, and it is the differences that define a country to a visitor. No one comes home talking about the food of a foreign country if it’s the same at home. In Morocco there were a lot cultural differences, most I wasn’t expecting, but all adding to the feel of […]
One of the five pillars of Islam is called Sawm, which is fasting during Ramadan. It’s a month during which Muslims go without food or drink while the sun is up. It actually goes beyond that to include impure thoughts, smoking, and acts of violence. Muslims are also supposed to reflect on their relationship with […]
Another great weekend excursion. This past weekend we went to Tangier and Chefchaouen, North of Rabat. We left Saturday morning, and traveled a few hours to reach Chefchaouen, which is in a very mountainous area. The roads leading to it are twisty and bumpy, but the view when you arrive is amazing. The city sits […]
I got to ride a camel. This past weekend we went to the Sahara Desert. We left Friday, driving Southwest. As we drove, the scenery changed more and more. The colors of the countryside were tan and rocky one moment, then next green and lush. We spent the night at a hotel in Midelt, but […]