Northern excursion. Espana (shweeya) and chefchaouen (zween)
9 October 2015
Sunset at the beach just outside of the old Medina of Rabat
30 September 2015
Sunset in the Sahara desert
Woke up at 6am to watch the sunrise
29 September 2015
The obligatory camel ride was such a blast
We drove to the desert in a combination of bus and land rovers. The Land Rovers were incredibly fun
22 September 2015
We did Arabic calligraphy in class today. The last photo is my full name in Arabic
21 September 2015
Went to Iceberry frozen yogurt (basically Pinkberry) with my host sister and had a hard time believing I wasn't in California or something.
Today, We had a class on the history of Moroccan garment. The evolution from full facial coverage and back again is very interesting to look at.
9 September 2015
Decided to take advantage of the cool air and do my homework on the roof.
8 September 2015
Yesterday our homestay coordinator/mama Doha taught us students about Moroccan cooking and specifically making couscous. She made a couscous with canalized onions and steamed chickpeas. It was really interesting to see the entire process it was to make the dish. The couscous has to be cooked multiple times and there are a lot of factors and ingredients in making a good couscous
4 September 2015
Today was couscous day! According to tradition, Friday is a special day for Moroccans when there is a special prayer (of some sort) and a big meal of couscous is prepared. Usually people have shorter days Friday, as to allow them to partake in the prayer and meal.
3 September 2015
*First picture is the view from the top of the building where we take most of our classes.
Thursday was our first evening with our host families. Mine is a (relatively) small family with 3 daughters (one lives in France) and two sons. As far as I can tell the mother stays at home and is in charge of the house old/children. I have not met the father (actually may have just encountered him, but I am not sure) and he seems to be out of the host most of the time. I have been told he runs a book store, but I'm not totally sure what that encompasses.
Toda we had our first introduction to Arabic. For the next week we'll be learning Darija Arabic (the Moroccan dialect), then we'll start with Fus'ha Arabic (the high brow Arabic) next week.
30 August 2015
After getting back to the hotel and settling in (we will meet our home stays Friday) we went to the SIT headquarters and checked out the facilities. Picture 1 is the central area of the main building. It's a 19th century large family home, which SIT now occupies.
There is a terrace at the top of the building, which gives a great view of the surrounding area (pic 2).
I found it interesting looking down on the homes of the surrounding people (most of them have a lot visible from above). This (apparently) is a city of cats, and there are many strays. I also saw a chicken chilling on a roof (pic 3)!
So today was my first day in morocco! I flew into Rabat from Paris at around 2:30 Moroccan time, which turned out to be when the majority of all the SIT students arrived. Picture one is off Rabat from above. The second picture is of the outside of the airport. First real touches of that Muslim architecture
28 August 2015
Just about to board my flight to London Heathrow!
LAX overnight layover! Tomorrow it's London then I'll be in Morocco the 30th