Trip Start Jan 20, 2009
14Trip End Jun 2009
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Sorry to everyone who has been patiently waiting to hear my some meaty thoughts on the experience and the sights, sounds and smells, but unfortunately time and internet only permits me to post pictures and this short little description. I'm also not sure if I've wrapped my brain around it all still anyways.
Brief description: The CIEE Language and Society program's 27 students ventured down south to experience a little taste of La Cultura Morroquí see some places buzzing with la Vida Real. We briefly visited Tánger, had an entire day in Tetuán, and a rainy morning in Chaouen. To get to Morocco, we took a bus from Sevilla to Algerciras, then took a ferry across the Straights of Gibraltar, arrived in Ceuta, which is a spanish city in northern Morocco, then hopped on another bus, went through customs here and began our journey.
In Tetuan we visited:
-A school with artesian workshops for young students to apprentice and learn special skills
-La Medina. The twisty-turny center of town and market place. This was the most authentic part of the trip.
-A music school where we attended a lovely presentation on Andalusi music
-We also had an language exchange with Moroccan students who are studying spanish at The Cervantes Institute there. They speak Arabic, French and then are learning spanish.
-Brief shopping excursion/free-time
-Visit to an center for women who've suffered domestic abuse/having a hard time. Here they had weaving, sewing and craftsman type skills that the women can learn to obtain a job else where and a store where they sell the things that they make. There is also a place to learn reading and writing in various languages.