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Tamara Haddad
Rabat, Morocco
Program Leader for CIEE Session 2 in Morocco
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Our weekend excursion was to the amazing city of Chefchaouen, a gorgeous little mountain town nestled high in the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. “What I will miss most is the musky smell of wood fires that drifts through the empty streets in the early morning. My favorite activity was... Continue reading
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The calligraphy lesson was one of the highlights of this week's activities. The students had instructions from Mr. Mohammed Boukhana, a true artist and a very talented teacher. He taught then the basic techniques of writing and decorative patterns and designs that distinguish this way of art. He said that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Getting back from our Tangier and Assilah adventure didn't stop us from rising super early on Sunday morning to take the train to Casablanca. The train ride was about an hour. Our first destination was Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa and the 7th largest in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Assilah is located about 25 miles south of Tangier. With its gorgeous whitewashed walls, incredibly charming alleyways, and beautiful beaches, Assilah felt more like a Greek island. Assilah was a Spanish territory, which is reflected in its architecture and the presence of Spanish language everywhere. Assilah's is a popular vacation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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On Saturday, our excursion was to the beautiful port of Tangier in northern Morocco. Tangier is located on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Straight of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean Sea meats the Atlantic Ocean, and only 20 miles from Spain. In fact, on a clear... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today for the afternoon activity, the students participated in making 2 Moroccan delicacies: Msemen (flat bread) and Moroccan meat cigars. Msemen recipe: http://moroccanfood.about.com/od/pancakes/r/Msemen_recipe.htm Meat Cigars: http://www.food.com/recipe/moroccan-cigars-10252 Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Salam! Yesterday was hot hot hot, good thing the schedule was full of goodies to keep us distracted from the heat. After our Odyssey in the gardens we traveled to Hassan V mausoleum. The site is the final resting place of the late King of Morocco, Hassan V and his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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ًWhen we first entered the ruins, there was a man in traditional clothing banging on a drum. I didn't know what to expect-would the rest of the ruins be like this? I hadn't had time to look up Chellah the night before, and all I knew was that it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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On Wednesday we visited the Belghazi Museum in Sale, just across the river from Rabat. The drive there was beautiful, especially from the air conditioned bus. After about a 20 minute bus ride, we got to the museum. From the outside it looked like a very old, very ornate Moroccan... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Assalamu Alayikum! Yesterday for our afternoon activity we had a riveting exploration of Agdal (the neighborhood of the CIEE headquarters.) The scavenger hunt that drove us around the city asked us to use the vocabulary we learnt that day for asking directions. Our targets were the market, a patisserie, a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Students were able to find a gym close by the center called Agdal Fitness. They were able to sign up for a one month membership, all done in Darija! Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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On Sunday, after 2 days of rest and celebrating Eid Ilfitir with their families, the students took a trip to the city of Meknes and the archaeological site of Volubilis, about a 150 km east of Rabat. Our first stop was Volubilis (or “Wallili” as known in Arabic). Volubilis is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Tuesday we spent a day at the Rabat Zoo and the Kasbah of Udayas. The field trip was both a learning and fun experience. The Rabat Zoo has many of the animals of an African safari including elephants, lions, rhinos and hippos. Most animals look like they are in their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Our first day in class was off to a good start. The morning class session is about 3 hours, and consists of two hours and thirty minutes of learning Darija (the Moroccan Arabic dialect) and 30 minutes of learning standard Arabic. Darija means "everyday/colloquial language" and shares the majority of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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All participants made it to Morocco safely. Our first two days in Morocco were getting to know each other and our program coordinators and volunteers. We attended orientation, walked around the city of Rabat, had Iftar (breaking of the fast) at a Syrian and an African restaurants. On Sunday the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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