one month in – بعد شهر واحد

Its been exactly one month since I’ve left the easy and comfortable life in Portland at my family’s house, and I’ve seen some great things so far.

Two weekends ago I took a group trip to an archeological site between Fez and Meknes that was the administrative center of the area in Roman Africa.

Volubilis – وليلي

The intact and well-preserved mosaics from patrician housing was the best part of the entire site.

I’ve seen some pretty beautiful displays of food in the souqs.

And grosser ones, too.

(To be fair, this picture is not a very good representative of the meat market in Fez, as this is the one and only butcher that sells camel meat.)

I rode a camel through Saharan dunes, was awaken in the middle of the night by brightly shining moonbeams and watched the sun rise as I spit toothpaste into the sand. Regretfully, I left my camera at home, so the colors are best described as crayola crayons: the dunes a burnt sienna, the sky pacific blue and nothing else other than an occasional scraggly desert grass in yellow-green and lots and lots of camel pellets in plain old brown.

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About Laura McAdams

Laura McAdams is a Master’s student at University of Pennsylvania studying International Educational Development. Her experience in the MENA region includes 15 months as a Fulbright student researcher to Fez and Ifrane, Morocco in 2010 and 2011. Her project was interested in understanding the disconnect between the policies of technology usage in education and the reality of how these policies unfold in the classroom. Summer 2012 she returned to the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco to work with a women’s weaving cooperative. She is excited to learn more about other countries in the MENA region and issues involving education policy and reform, technology usage in curriculums and gender equality in education. One of Laura’s lifelong goals is to one day be able to sit down and leisurely read a newspaper in Arabic.
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One Response to one month in – بعد شهر واحد

  1. this is SO incredible. I may insist that we go back here. You know how I feel about the Roman Empire.

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