Train to Casablanca Update- Feeling Just Fine

My first blog post this trip was about sitting on the train to the Casablanca airport, completely losing my mind, wondering how I could possibly live for six entire weeks in this unfamiliar place where I had spent my first full day feeling pretty generally overwhelmed.

This morning I once again sat on the train […]

I Catch Feelings, not Flights – Anna Cunningham

Thomas the Train

Stomach: knotted. Skin: dried out and a little burnt. Body: dehydrated. A few days ago, it felt like I only had two short-circuited synapses left in my brain. Like Thomas the Train, it was time for me to leave.

I’m still ready to go, but after a bittersweet (think mint-that’s-been-left-too-long-in-the-tea […]

Marrakesh: The Red Gem of Morocco – Harry Sanderson

As our adventure through Morocco has continued, our group has been privileged with the opportunities to explore most of its main tourist and historical sites. Last weekend, we took a bus from Rabat down into the heart of Morocco and stayed in Marrakech. The tourist capital of Morocco, Marrakech is known as a mystical, lively […]

Bailey Carkenord Blog Post 5 – Animal Welfare in Marrakesh

Marrakesh is a city that is brimming with life. The souks and streets are crowded and noisy, with bikes and motorcycles weaving through at breakneck speeds. In Place Jemaa el-Fna, the main square, acrobats, dancers, musicians, and singers performed for huge crowds, while vendors peddled their wares from all sides. However, during my time in […]

Steel Oasis: Tribal Modern Book Review – Anna Cunningham

Tribal Modern Book Review:

When Miriam Cooke visited Dubai in the 1970’s, it was a “dusty town” whose only tourist attraction was an old Russian hospital (2). Now, Dubai’s tourism website features good-looking twentysomethings sharing adventures and shopping among aspirational architecture. Dubai offers everything from a zipline through its urban landscape to snowboarding in its […]

Rabat and Fez, by Maria Renteria

This marks our first week in Rabat, and already the comparisons with Fez are many.

Fez alone forms an incomplete image of Morocco in the mind of the traveler. There’s a reason that Fez is the religious and cultural capital of Morocco—its essence is unparalleled. It is easy to imagine what […]

Blog Post 3: The Ever-Present Past – Kayla Smith

While the country of Morocco has only existed independently since 1956, Moroccan traditions go back a long way. From handmade crafts to outdated modes of transportation to ancient ruins, Morocco certainly doesn’t lack traditional practices and commodities, even though the country is modernizing rapidly (along with the rest of the world). It is an odd […]

Civil Society in the Face of Government – Alex Frumkin

Coming to Morocco, I knew that I would be learning a lot about the idea of citizenship – both national and global – and how it plays a different role in different places based on distinctions between societies. Citizenship for the average American, for example, is not the same as citizenship for the average Moroccan, […]

Citizenship in Morocco- Molly Mansfield

For the past few weeks, in between touring new cities and learning our way around Morocco, we have also been taking classes! In one of our two classes, we have been discussing the meaning of citizenship, both in the United States and Morocco. For our blog posts this week, we each interviewed a Moroccan citizen […]

Religion and Power Book Review – Alex Frumkin

Religion and Power in Morocco, by Henry Munson, Jr., at its core is a book dedicated to chronicling the political role of Islam throughout Morocco’s history. A daunting task, Munson largely relies on the analysis of previous texts such as Clifford Geertz’s Islam Observed and Ernst Gellner’s Saints of the Atlas, many others in Western […]

Birth and Rebirth – Alex Frumkin

On July 2, 2018, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) captured the first-ever clear photo of a planet birth, hopefully helping to further advance the sciences of astronomy and physics.

Another birth was celebrated that same day, on a far smaller but much more personal level. My homestay family was performing aqiqah (the Islamic baby-welcoming […]

Bailey Carkenord Blog Post 1 – “Kulī!”

“Kulī, kulī!” Mina insists. She gestures to the plate in the center of the table, looking at me imploringly.

I smile and nod as I let her serve me another piece of cake. I make eye contact with my roommate Molly as she accepts another slice as well.

Mina is our host mother here in […]