Having been in Morocco for over two months now, I've been able to do some reflecting about my experience so far. These past weeks have been both a challenge and a true reaffirmation of who I am and what I can take. I, along with my peers, have formed a love-hate (although majority love) relationship … Continue reading Do Morocco, Do Anything
Ready to drop all shame? No point in being modest at the hammam, or Turkish-style public bath house, where all from young to old, rich to poor, bathe together, and let it all hang lose. In public. Thats right, all. While Western-style showers are becoming more common and available in Moroccan homes, the traditional way … Continue reading My First Trip to the Public Bath House
Eid Al Adha, something like the equivalent of Muslim Christmas in Morocco, is a major holiday celebrated at the end of the lunar year. Filled with feasting, and a little gore, it is a celebration of the story of Ibrahim (or Abraham, if you are Christian) who sacrificed a sheep for his son. In honor … Continue reading How You Know It’s Eid Al Adha in Morocco…
Don’t: Eat too fast. You might stuff yourself with the first course. You finally stop eating, and your host mom removes the dish… Only to bring in the second course. Uh-oh. You’ve pulled an American, and now you’ll have to just keep eating. Which is not such a bad thing, really.
Morocco, as you may have guessed it, hosts quite a different culture than that of the US, or any other place I have been. While I've only been here just over a week, I thought I'd share some of the immediate (and more laughable) culture shocks. The Call To Prayer. Also known as Adhan, the … Continue reading An American In Morocco: Funny Cultural Adjustments
In just four days, I will be leaving the US en route to spend a semester in Rabat, Morocco!Marhaban, Maroc.This will be the beginning of my biggest journey yet. Morocco is an uncharted territory in my mind, full of mysterious traditions and culture. I am open-minded and ready to experience the culture shock that I … Continue reading An American in Morocco: Pre-Departure to Rabat…
Hello, readers. So, on my journey homeward from a lovely semester in Sydney, I decided to make a little detour to (sort of) nearby Malaysia, to stay with my sorority sister and her family in Kuala Lumpur (aka KL)! I went into this trip completely in the dark about Malaysia and will share with you … Continue reading A Few Things You Didn’t Know About Malaysia
"Eh, everything once, right?" This is what I figured to myself when the opportunity to head to Surf Camp landed in my lap. Australia, so famed for its world-class beaches, is deeply a surfing culture. So, as they say, why not give it a fair go? ... Wanna know the result? I AM BEAT UP. … Continue reading Adventures in Surfing