Zouia Sidi Abelsalam -زاوية سيدي عبد السلام

My brother Erik is back in Morocco for the week. I picked him up two days ago from the Fez airport and we’ve since been exploring the areas around Ifrane. Yesterday we rented him a bike and together we rode past the waterfalls outside town to Zaouia Sidi Abelsalam. It is a small and pleasant village surrounded by fields of onion, carrot and other unidentifiable produce about 10 kilometers downhill from Ifrane.

Waterfalls en route to Zaouia Sidi Abelsalam

Zouia Sidi Abelsalam

After experiencing the first few days of Ramadan in Fez, Erik and I will take off for Spain for a month to attempt the Camino de Santiago. We’re planning to begin in Pamplona and walk to the Atlantic coast at Finisterre.

Since school in Morocco is out for the summer and most everyone will be in vacation mode during Ramadan, I decided now is the perfect time to pause my grant period. Instead, I’ll make up the month I missed during October, when school is in session. I feel so lucky to have this time to spend with my little brother, and I am really, really looking forward to being back on the Camino.

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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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3 Responses to Zouia Sidi Abelsalam -زاوية سيدي عبد السلام

  1. Jessica says:

    Have lots of fun on the Camino! I still have lots of great memories from our walk 🙂

  2. Have fun Laurs!! Miss you.

  3. Amy McAdams says:

    I hope you are both having a good time! Laura, I heard you moved from Ifrane. Did you do a forward mailing address? Did you ever get my postcard?

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