Birthday, Finals, and Spring Break!

So somehow, March is now history-simply memories captured in pictures along the way. The month is such a blur to me already. Somehow, I finished my first term at ALIF (The Arabic Language Institute in Fes), I made it through my grueling Arabic final, I moved out of my host-family’s home and in to my own apartment, I turned 21 (!!), I registered for classes next fall, and now I’m in the middle of a much-needed SPRING BREAK! I think it’s safe to say that the end of my first six-week term in Morocco was a bit stressful? But I made it.

Moving out was a bit rough, but a friend and I decided we wanted to try living on our own in Fes, and so the house/apartment hunt began, and now, we have our very own little one-bedroom place we call home. It has SO much character; I can’t wait to share pictures! And then, shortly after moving in, I had a birthday to celebrate! And what better way to celebrate a birthday that registering for classes for next fall?! Never a fun time, and, I guess I’m a little out of practice? It’s been a while since I’ve used Madison’s online registration system…BUT, now it’s over and done with, and, I can’t help being a bit excited to be back on campus next fall. And then, those finals…also never fun, but now I can say I went through an entire semester in only six weeks! And I’m going to do it again before I return! It’s like Arabic learning on speed!

And now, I’m on the road-trip of a lifetime through Southern Morocco, trying to soak in all the sun and leisure I can before going back ‘home’ for my next six-week term. We left Fes on Saturday afternoon, sleeping in after an amazing last night at the farewell party at the “Brits” place. Some of the students from our classes were only here for the first six-week term…so, inevitably, we had to say our good-byes. It was sad, but also rewarding, realizing how many connections we had made in such a short time…but no time to dwell! Saturday afternoon we made the 9ish hour trek via rental car from Fes to Marrakesh!

It feels a bit strange to be riding in a car again and stopping at major grocery stores and pulling over to take pictures, it ALMOST feels like I’m back in the states? Especially with some of the scenery…but then we pass a donkey pulling a cart of vegetables right next to us, or the goats climbing in trees…and I remember exactly where we are. OH RI GHT. We’re in Morocco. And having the time of our lives. We spent three nights in Marrakesh, lying by the pool, touring the Medina streets, and having some AMZING food. We had a full day of shopping, hanging out with snake charmers, and getting henna tattoos. Then, yesterday, we made our way west, to Essouira. (Which is where I am now!) Essouira is beautiful, and has the laid-back, beachy vibe that only a coastal city can offer. Everything feels so much lighter and breezy here, and the Atlantic Ocean has never looked so beautiful. We’ve had more than our fair share of bumps along the way so far, (like finding one of our rooms COMPLETELY infested with bedbugs last night…ummmmmm NOT okay), but, somehow we’re still managing to have fun and enjoy one another’s company. We’ve been really flexible with our plans so far, but I think tomorrow we might be heading to Alghadir? Or maybe Al-Jadida? We’ll see….I’m looking forward to the second half of our break and the new cities we’ll get to explore! And since I’m working with limited internet right now, I can’t really do too many pictures, but I promise I’ll put some more up when I get home! For now, here’s a couple to hold everyone off!

Henna!

Me hanging out with the snake charmers and snakes in J’ma El-Fna, Marrakesh!

1 thought on “Birthday, Finals, and Spring Break!”

  1. Glad to hear you had lots of fun on your roadtrip! Your henna looks truly amazing by the way, completely jealous 😛 Good luck with your next term, sad I can’t still be there with you guys 🙁 But you’re right, it’s so great that we all bonded in such a short time and I really hope I get to see your lovely face again very soon. Take care xxxx

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