Surfing at Plage Oudayas

Preparing for the Last Week

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 the Botanical Gardens, spending time in the Medina, and some time at the beach. I burned, as usual. But I also got to try surfing!

The waves were small (thankfully) and the water was warm and not too crowded, so it was perfect. I went with three of my friends from the group and, as we were the only customers, had a private lesson. Our instructor was super nice, teaching us in a mix of English, French, Arabic, and charades. His two sons were also somewhere in the water, and floated over to us once in a while. We did pretty well, managing to stand a few times and ride the waves towards the shore. Bucket list item complete!

Surfing at Plage Oudayas

Nice shirts, huh?

Today we go back to volunteer with the organization that sets up Iftar on the streets, then tomorrow we have off for a national holiday in honor of the King’s inauguration. I’ll be at school, getting ready for our final on Thursday. Then on Friday we have our final presentations, where we get the chance to present to all our classmates. Saturday is our last day here, then we leave to return home Sunday morning.

My time here has really flown by, and I’m sure the last week won’t be any different. I feel like I’ve seen most of Rabat, but suddenly with little time left there are lots of new things to do and see!

Jack Struck

Student in our nation's capital, studying International Relations with a focus on the Middle East. Web designer, runner, reader, and leader.

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