It’s May 5th! Here’s another life update. This was hard to write, but I’ve started telling myself that sometimes it’s better to document things. A few days ago, our group went surfing, and somehow, we started talking about our biggest fears. I’ve been thinking a lot about memory lately, both short-term and long-term, and, you know, I think my biggest fear is forgetting everything I’ve learned through the past eighteen years—forgetting all that I’ve done/experienced, all the small interesting things I’ve picked up from random conversations, and so on.
anyway haha… back to the life update:
Talking to Macedonian students
The YES Abroad program spreads out sixty-five American students over thirteen host countries, and Macedonia is one of these countries. Four of us YES Abroad students in Morocco skyped Kyra (my friend from back home who’s in Macedonia for the year with YES Abroad) and her class at her Macedonian high school.
We talked about the similarities and differences between Morocco and Macedonia as well as asked questions to each other and showed each other pictures of food, climate, cities, etc., and talked about the role of religion in everyday life, the high-school/university system in our respective countries, and so on.
my first Moroccan taco
What is a Moroccan taco? you may ask. WELL. It’s something that you have to experience before you die. This week, I was thinking that I’m leaving Rabat soon, but that I hadn’t even had a Moroccan taco yet because I’d been specifically avoiding them since I’m not too open to the idea of getting premature heart disease.
It’s basically a burrito cooked in a panini maker and filled with some kind of meat, one of a various variety of creamy sauces, and fries (the most important part). Mine was filled with viande hachée (ground beef), chicken nuggets, a ton of sauce, and a LOT of fries.
It tastes pretty good, honestly. It’s just really bad for you.
Mashrou’ Leila concert
Mashrou’ Leila is a Lebanese alternative rock band. They came to Rabat and I was able to see them! It was a great, great day
Before coming here I’d had the mindset that songs can only be enjoyed when you can understand the lyrics and know what people are trying to convey in their songs. I don’t think that way anymore and I think it’s because I’ve been exposed to a lot of great music here that I really appreciate, and because I spend a lot more of my time at concerts.
Rabat is on the ocean, and beaches are so great, and so easy to get to. There’s also the fact that you can see the sunset from most every beach because of Morocco’s location.
as if the tacos aren’t enough to wreck your health? :’)
Surfing trip with NSLI-Y and YES Abroad
We went to Mehdia, a beach in Kenitra, to go surfing! It was my first time, and I wasn’t very able to keep my balance on the board, but it was really fun.
one of the last of Renaissance open mic nights
they’re once a week every Monday night, and I haven’t even gone that much through the year because of just… things going on all the time that lead to conflicts (I think I’ve only gone five times in total?) but I will miss them, and I will miss the Café Renaissance.
College and future plans
I’ve made my final decision, and I’ll be attending Harvard in the fall! I’m not entirely sure what I want to study, but I’ll be learning at least a little bit of Fus7a (Modern Standard Arabic). I’m really excited, and if anyone reading this blog will be in Boston anytime next year, I’d love to meet up ❤
As for this summer, I’ll be back in North Carolina for two and a half weeks, and then after that I’ll be visiting my extended family in China with my parents/brother for three weeks and for the rest of the summer I’ll be living and working in both Shanghai and Beijing. Afterward, I’ll be going up to Cambridge on August 15th for pre-orientation at Harvard and then classes will start two weeks later. It’ll be a busy summer, but I’m excited to go back to China after not having been there in years.
…and for now, that’s all. Thanks for reading this post! ❤