The Rider Ingenue – Noah Huffman

“You know, she’s something of a legend in this town.” Naoual rose from her perch on the corner of the wooden desk covered in loose papers and an overflowing binder. “To be honest, I’ve never seen her myself,” she conceded, “but some of my friends have.” Others in the room chirped with stories of affirmation, […]

$$ MarraCa$h $$

Once the actual capital of Morocco, Marrakech, otherwise known as “The Red City,” is now the tourism capital of Morocco. In 2017, two and a half million people visited the city – a 20% increase from 2016. I immediately knew why Marrakech attracts so many internationals when we exited the bus and made a 3-minute […]

Marrakesh Triptych – Anna Cunningham

Early Impressions

I first thought about Morocco and Marrakesh when I was 15 years old and ordering lamb at Marrakesh Restaurant in Disney World. I remember a belly-dancer in “exotic” clothes, ornate plasterwork, and goofing off with my friends. It was a tasty dinner, though, in hindsight, the lack of tajine makes me doubt its […]

Fun Fact: I can sense auras and essences. I’m sensitive to energies. Also important to know: In my experience, the essence and/or aura of a person or place can change from one day to another: however, this is rare. Most aura’s are consistent.

These kinds of self-proclamations are usually useless and dubbed as “crazy […]

Challenging the Narrative: A Review of Miriam Cooke’s Tribal Modern – Harry Sanderson

In Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf, Miriam Cooke analyzes the dynamic development of tribes and their traditions in Gulf states whose societies have experienced unprecedentedly rapid modernization in the last thirty years. Cooke utilizes her own experience from traveling in the region, interviews with common Gulf citizens, and artistic literature to […]

Translating the Untranslatable- Molly Mansfield

Upon first glancing at miriam cooke’s Tribal Modern, I immediately noticed the cover image and began to guess why cooke may have chosen it. The photograph shows traditionally dressed men riding camels on a paved road, framed by towering skyscrapers in the background. This image, as well as the book’s title printed across its center […]

The Perfect Bucket Shower – Noah Huffman

I had never realized just how much I took for granted my home shower before spending six weeks in Morocco. Every morning that I lived in Rabat, I would pull a large yellow bucket into the bathroom and place it underneath the bathtub faucet, carefully watching as scalding water poured into the makeshift cistern. Once […]

The Convergence of the Tribal and Modern


Ahmed Salat

Miriam Cooke’s Tribal Modern: Branding new nations in the Arab Gulf gives a detailed account of the development of the Gulf countries over the years and how the concepts of tribe and modernity interrelate and shape the social, economic and political aspects of these countries. As she follows history to explain how […]

A Foreigner in Morocco – Alex Frumkin

Aerial view of Fes, Morocco.


Aerial view of Rabat.


Disregarding the one Moroccan who claimed he was surprised that I wasn’t Moroccan and even said that “[I] look Moroccan,” I’m confident that everyone in Morocco sees me as a foreigner – someone who […]

Comfortable Rabat and Funky Fes – Michelle Rodriguez


Inhaling the mixture of urban air and ocean breeze, the city of Rabat begins to settle within my lungs as the final remnants of Fes gradually become snapshot memories. Upon stepping into the new city and arriving in the center where our classes will be held, neurons began to sizzle, spark, and fire away […]

Restoration and Construction Versus Deterioration and Decay: Rabat and Fez – Harry Sanderson

For the last three weeks, we have lived in the city of Fez, which is known as the religious capital of Morocco. This week was the first where we moved into the city of Rabat, a coastal Moroccan city that is its political capital. The cities, while both emphasizing Moroccan culture, express extremely different cultures […]

Tale of Two Cities: Contrasting Fez and Rabat- Ahmed Salat

This time a week ago, while writing my third summer blogpost, I was hit by a strong feeling. A feeling which I couldn’t really decide whether it was one of sadness or happiness. It hit me that that was the last night I was going to spend with my host family at fez- even possibly […]