Monthly Archives: May 2016

Getting Sick

It was the last place anyone wants to get a stomach bug. 5 hours from the nearest major city, 2 hours from the nearest hospital, and 30 minutes to the nearest clinic  — by walking that is. I was scared. … Continue reading

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A Traveller’s Problem

Today we are in Zawiya Ahansal – a remote village cluster located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. I didn’t expect this place to have much. Electricity, water, food, and even the internet was what I thought a scarce … Continue reading

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A Male’s Opinion

After observing my host brother’s language and behaviour toward his mother and other women for three weeks, I thought that I had a pretty good idea of his opinions of a women’s role in society. When he arrived home from … Continue reading

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Shukran

Yesterday was our last day of Arabic class with our beloved ustada (teacher), Hafida. For the majority of this class, we spent time reviewing all the tenses and conjugations we had learned in the past three weeks. We then took … Continue reading

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The Shopkeeper

The first weekend in Morocco we took a historical tour of Rabat, which concluded with a few hours at the Medina. The Medina is the older part of the city with very small roadways, mostly meant for walking with the … Continue reading

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White Washing: A Social and Health Epidemic

Over the course of this trip, the discussion amongst our group about the lightness or darkness of our skin has come up numerous times. Some people have expressed interest in becoming more tan and some people have expressed interest in … Continue reading

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No Girls Allowed

Last Wednesday, our group took an afternoon road trip to Casablanca for an architectural walking tour around the old medina. The tour finished off with a visit to Casablanca’s most iconic landmark, other than Rick’s Café of course, Mosque Hassan … Continue reading

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Ugly Fruit

In Toronto, most produce is sold in supermarkets that tend to be large, clean, and heavily air conditioned structures.  The perfectly shaped and coloured produce will be set out in organized, visually appealing displays.  There will probably be at least … Continue reading

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Can There Really Be Only One Truth?

A big component of this class is unwed mothers and the infants they often abandon. From the textbook we are reading, to the guest lecturers, to my own preconceived notions, the picture that has been painted for us of unwed … Continue reading

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Shopping in the Medina

After almost three weeks in Morocco, I have done my fair share of shopping…maybe too much shopping. Jenn and I can see the Rabat Medina from our front door, so the majority of shopping that I’ve done for myself and … Continue reading

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