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Author Archives: gstruck

The Sahara Desert

Our last excursion as a program was to be a three day trip to the town of Merzouga, in the South East corner of the country on the very outskirts of the Sahara Desert. We left on a Friday morning and a nine hour bus ride through the Moroccan country side and Atlas Mountains. Night … Continue reading »

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Teaching English

During these past few weeks here in Meknes, I’ve had the opportunity to teach English at a women’s center which is a NGO (Non-Government Organization) for women in Meknes to converse and establish a close, exclusive community with each other, giving them an escape and break from their daily lives. In a way, it is … Continue reading »

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The Forum

Every fall semester the ISA program at Moulay Ismail University coordinates and hosts an event called the Forum. The Forum was designed to bring together students from colleges all over the world to discuss issues in the world today. Schools from Spain, Australia, England, and China were in attendance along with the Moroccan and ISA … Continue reading »

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Odds and Ends Around Meknes

Here are some observations that I’ve made around Meknes both regarding the Coffee Shop and the Barber Shop. The Coffee Shop: This is only one observation of the many that have caught my eye recently and I feel that this is worth sharing if you want to get a good insight of the Moroccan lifestyle … Continue reading »

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Spain.

During my stay in Morocco I had the pleasure of witnessing a very special Islamic holiday, or in Arabic an Eid (عيد). This Eid was to celebrate the sacrifice of Abraham’s son, Ishmael and how Allah provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead of his son. Weeks before the actual Eid people buy rams … Continue reading »

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The Lost Voice of the People

In the early to mid 1800s a man named Alexis de Tocqueville stepped foot on the shores of the infant United States and took a historical account of the government of the United States and its various functions. One the most outstanding aspects that came to De Tocqueville’s attention was the amount of power that … Continue reading »

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Languages, Languages, Languages

Languages are the corner stone to any society and culture. Each language has its own unique mindset and thought process which makes learning new languages fun, yet at the same time very frustrating. However, there is a misconception of learning new languages, especially by Americans, which is learning new languages it too hard and is … Continue reading »

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Baby Shower!

I finally had a bit of a routine down here in Meknes. Classes were going well and I was getting to know Meknes much better. I can’t emphasize enough how nice and pleasant the Moroccan people are towards us Westerners (no less Americans for that matter!). They always tell us they love Obama and are … Continue reading »

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In Meknes and Moulay Ismail University

We finally arrived in Meknes and got the keys to our apartments. My apartment is known as “Azhar” who I believe used to be a king…. but regardless, the apartment was definitely an upgrade from the dorms back home. The apartment consisted of three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and two showers. There was no a/c but … Continue reading »

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Marrakesh

I knew when we arrived at Marrakesh due to the sea of clay colored buildings that seemed to go on for miles. The ISA group would be staying in Marrakesh for two nights until we head for Meknes which gave everyone enough time to explore Marrakesh. Now, Marrakesh is known in Morocco as a huge … Continue reading »

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