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Saturday, May 31, 2014

First week in Morocco

This first week in Rabat has gone by super quickly. On Monday I met my host parents. They are extremely nice and welcoming. They have a 4 year old son who is completely crazy and constantly jumping around. I really like having a young child in the house, mostly because we eat earlier than normal Moroccan families. Our dinner is at 9:00-9:30, whereas some of my friends don't start eating till 11. We live in the old Medina which is really cool because my house is right in the middle of this giant outdoor market. 


My host brother wearing my Michigan hat

My first night in the house my host mom dressed me and my roommate  in traditional Moroccan clothes and had a photo-shoot. My roommate goes to University of Wisconsin and will only be in Rabat for another week. 

  

I only went to work twice this week because on my first day the doctor got called into an emergency meeting so I got the office, introduced myself and left. On my actual first day I went to a super long meeting. The people in my office are super nice. They made sure to only speak in Arabic during the meeting (instead of French) so I could better understand what they were talking about.  


The food my host mom cooks is super good, and she has made everything vegetarian for me!  Yesterday we got out of work early and she made a giant dish of couscous. My host Dad’s parents and siblings came over to eat with us.   

Couscous 

1 comment:

  1. Alyssa,

    Thanks for checking in with your first post. The pictures are great- keep them coming! The situation with the host family sounds wonderful. The little boy is just adorable. Eating at 9pm is early? Wow! That would definitely take some getting used to. Dressing in the traditional clothing and eating the couscous looks exciting.

    Can you tell me a little more about your job? Where exactly are you working? a 2-day workweek to start isn't a bad thing! It bet it made for a slow transition- which is good (I think). Do you speak French at all? I am really looking forward to your next post.

    Best,
    Tammy

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