Morocco Has My Heart

I’m sitting in my desk right now, watching the light slowly fade from the sky. Yet another day has ended and I feel like I am stuck in a bizarre, surreal state of mind. I have never felt this many mixed emotions at one time. I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that this…

Meknes, Meski, and Merzouga!

Last week, NSLI-Y and YES Abroad took our last group trip. This time, we went south and east to the Sahara. We visited Meknes, Azrou, Meski, Erfoud, and Merzouga. It was super fun, and I’ve wanted to visit the Sahara ever since I first read Le Petit Prince. Saturday, April 7:  At the ripe hour…

A Note on “Failure”

I had my capstone presentation last week, and it didn’t go at all how I planned. The whole year, we’ve been preparing this huge research project with the ultimate goal of presenting it in front of our friends and host families. Now I like to identify myself as an anxious mess, and I’m not always…

How has Morocco changed me?

I know for a fact that I am a much different person now than when I left Fargo last September. I remember somebody asking me around December how I’d changed, and for some reason I became very annoyed. I think I was having a rough week, and I didn’t want to accept that Morocco had…

March in Pictures

Happy April!!! I have my capstone presentation this week… needless to sayI’ve been preparing myself endlessly. I spent a considerable amount of my time this past month just sitting in cafes researching, writing, and translating. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, now I just gotta cross my fingers and hope for the best. I…

What I’m Going to Miss

As of today, I have only 2 months left in this amazing country. Now that I’ve been living here for well over 6 months, I think that I have learned a lot about Morocco. I wanted to take a minute to talk about the things that I’m grateful for, and what I’m going to miss…

Tangier and Asilah!

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit two new cities, Tangier and Asilah. Those who know me can confirm that I LOVE the Beats (Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Boroughs, etc). Can you guess which Moroccan city was a favorite destination of all of the above??? I was so excited to finally visit…

February in Pictures

Happy March! February was a crazy month… I did so much. It is getting a lot warmer here, I didn’t need a coat most of the days this month. Yay! I’ve been very busy with things like capstone research and Arabic, but it has been great. I hope you enjoy this month in pictures.  …

I Can Travel the World Without Leaving my Neighborhood (kinda).

Okay I know, that title sounds REALLY philosophical, but it’s actually not. I walk from Italy to Belgrade every time I take the garbage out. You’re probably wondering what the actual heck I’m talking about, so let me explain one of my favorite quirks about the neighborhood I live in. I live in a neighborhood…

Winter Trip to the South!

Hey y’all! This month, the NSLI-Y and YES abroad groups here in Morocco took a trip down South. We left on a Monday, and returned on Sunday night. It was a long week filled with tons of fun. We started out our trip in Marrakech. After that, we headed to Agadir, then a smaller town…