Monthly Archives: July 2014

Marrakech

Marrakech was the last stop in our journey, besides the few hours in Cassablanca before we flew out. After being in Zawiya Ahansal for 5 days, Marrakech was a big surprise. We had just spent days in an extremely remote … Continue reading

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Zawiya Ahansal: Part Deux

We spent the week at the Sheikh’s (of Zawiya Ahansal) home, living with him and his family. No longer having host families by the pair, we had sleeping rooms split by gender and shared common meals. Each day was filled … Continue reading

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Zawiya Ahansal

Our last week of the program was mostly spent in the region of Zawiya Ahansal in the Middle Atlas mountains. This part of the course took us away from the busyness of city life that characterized the coastal cities of Rabat … Continue reading

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Culture Shock, or Coming Back Home

It has been more than a week since I came back home, and adjusting for the nasty bought of the flu that put me out of service for a few days, it has been an oddly…slow readjustment to normal life. … Continue reading

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The Mountain of Prayers

There are times when no (wo)man is an atheist – in a foxhole, on their deathbed, and when clinging to a mountain (sand?) face where the trail has deteriorated to nothing more than the remnants of the last guy’s desperately … Continue reading

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Overly touristy in Marrakech

After our time in the mountains, we had one day left and that was for Marrakech. We had gotten the lowdown about how touristy this city is, etc, etc, and that was true. This was also our last opportunity for … Continue reading

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Zawiyat Ahansal

Our last week in Morocco was spent in the Atlas Mountains in the village of Zawiyat Ahansal. We were put up at the sheiks house during that time and got to meet some of his family and other people around … Continue reading

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Hustlers

Continuing on the subject of being a tourist in a tourism economy, is the issue of people trying to hustle tourists. Throughout the major cities, but primarily in tourism capitols like Fes and Marrakech, there are many individuals aggressively trying … Continue reading

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Cameras

Camera etiquette is a serious concern for tourists in Morocco. With tourism being a driving force of the Moroccan economy, there is naturally a constant presence of tourists flashing their cameras, within the major cities. Thus photography is a sensitive … Continue reading

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A Walking Oddity

Mind you, while occupied with my adventures in Morocco, posting this slipped my mind. So this is meant as an earlier blog post in my trip. Being a student in the great city known as New York, I’ve learned many … Continue reading

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