Greetings, or, as I have recently learned, S-Salamu 3alykum.
Over the course of our first two days in our hotel, Riad Hannaoui, in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Morocco, we’ve had a lot of experiences, ones that we’ll never forget. First off, today I was assigned the role of Katib, which literally translates to writer, or scribe. Joao was the Magana (Timekeeper); Sydney the Jamal (Hydration guru); Birney the Rumi (Sage); Hadley the Malika (leader); Hannah the Shettaba (Sweeper); Esha the Lugha (linguist), and Philip the Safiir (ambassador). During the morning, we had moulin, a bread-based food that’s in-between crepes and pancakes, with toppings of butter, honey, peach jelly, and olive oil. I will also personally add that there was a delicious round of tea, which is a staple of Moroccan food culture. After this delicious meal, we had a session of Johari’s Window of Risk Management, and basically went over all of the possible (but not likely) things that could go wrong to better prepare ourselves for any adversity. We then had an Arabic language lesson led by one of the Dragon’s leaders, Badr, and spent around an hour learning how to greet each other and fellow Moroccans that we would meet along the way of our journeys.
For the majority of the day, we had a trip to Volubilis, where Ms. Macmillan (or as we love to call her, Dmac) informed us about the cultural significance of the city, as it used to be occupied by the Roman Empire. We took several photos along the way, and when it was time to return to the hotel, we walked about two and a half miles. Upon arriving at Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, we had twenty minutes to go out and explore the market near the hotel on our own, in which we encountered a friendly Moroccan who we talked to in French, Arabic, and Spanish. We ate dinner at about 7:00 p.m., and had chicken and pasta for the main course, along with bread, which in Moroccan culture is a vessel for other foods, which was followed up by a dessert of melon and orange slices with cinnamon and orange blossom water.