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Pleasant Surprises

Hi all!

I’m very excited to to be posting our first yak- live from Morocco! We’ve just settled in our third city, Fez! Upon arrival in Casablanca last Sunday, we took a train to Rabat where we spent the first night. The following day, we traveled to Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, where we spent time for orientation. Our initial week on this Dragons course was busy; we completed icebreaker activities, our first few Arabic lessons, and learned more about the Dragons philosophy and details of our course. We enjoyed lovely food and hospitality at our temporary home, Dar Zerhoune. I thought everyone should participate in the first yak, so I posed the question: “What has been a pleasant surprise for you thus far?” Here are the results:


Eliza: Dar Zerhoune had not one, but TWO house cats!! They were super snuggly and were a nice reminder of my animals at home.

Emma: Benin vegetarian accommodations 🙂

Lauren: How amazing all of the food is and how much there is of it! We’re constantly stuffed with delicious food and every meal has a huge spread.

Michelle: Rooftops, rooftops, rooftops! They’re such beautiful open-air spaces and I love sitting in the hammock on the Dar Zerhoune terrace and enjoying the incredible view / sunsets.

Sally: I haven’t lost anything yet. It’s honestly very surprising, but I am very happy about it.

Pablo: The cross compatibility between Morocco and Mexico.

Gabe: How brilliantly, wildly fun our instructors are!

Bau: How open people are to speak dirija with foreigners.

Cathy: The kindness of the strangers in Morocco (specifically the lady that offered us OJ on the train).

Kristen: Beginning this course in Morocco has been humbling. I’m so impressed by the eagerness to learn and the engagement of our group. I’m looking forward to the months ahead and to the many opportunities to learn together!

Badr: It has been wonderful being here again, as a teacher you think that you learned enough, yet you meet great people that keep teaching you cool stuff about the US. Another surprise and pleasant thing I encountered is the little kitten at Dar Zerhoune.

Kevin: Starting a new Dragons program entails a series of returns to places, communities, and experiences. With each new group of students the returns continue to teach me new things. I’m excited for the next few months, learning new things in new and old places.


So there you have it!! We’re all amazed at how quickly we all became friends and are super excited for the journey ahead. More updates to come!!!



Morocco Fall 2019