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Group arrived in Washington DC

Cara, Dragons Admin

The group members who were returning to the US today have landed in Washington, D.C. and area all now on the way to their final destinations now! Join me in thanking the students and instructors for taking part in this journey to Morocco and......Read More

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When the gang stops eating tajine…

al-Ferqa al-Maghribia, Team Morocco, Participant

In 58 hours, probably less by the time this yak is posted, we will have landed in DC and will hopefully be in the final stages of our journey home. Transference is about transferring our experience in Morocco back to our lives at home, so about 10......Read More

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Moroccan Gnawan Music

Braiden, Participant

The group ISP gave us new insights into Moroccan culture. Sidi Nagib Soudani, a gnawan performer, showed us how to make gnawan instruments. Once finished, he taught us how to play them. One reminded us of an American guitar. The handmade instruments......Read More

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The Importance of Argan Oil

Nikki, Meredith, Emma and Melanie, Participant

While some of us wandered into the world of Moroccan woodworking, others chose to explore the technique of the art and culture around argan oil. The women at the shop took the time to explain to us, in a mixture of French, English, and a little......Read More

Morocco: Crossroads of Mountains & Culture

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An afternoon with a woodworker

Jackson Lubke, Participant

For our group artisan ISP in Essaouira, Courtney, Henry, and I visited a woodworker whom we had met earlier in the day. He clearly took a lot of pride in his work and loved to show others his products. As it turns out, his father produced pieces for......Read More

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Squaring Up With Sheep

Melanie, Participant

On the third and final night of the trek, Stefan, Nikki, Courtney, Jackson and I decided to venture up a mountain for the opportunity to journal with an amazing view overlooking the campsite and the palmerie of the nearby towns. On the way to this......Read More

Morocco: Crossroads of Mountains & Culture

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On Hospitality

Courtney Yang, Participant

Travelers bear, above all else, responsibilities. I bring my own American community into every new place that I visit, whether I like it or not. Almost two weeks ago, in my first night living with Fatima, Ali, and Saad, I wondered if I embodied a......Read More

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Itinerary Update

Emma Shepherd, Participant

We have changed our itinerary! We will be spending the night of the 19th and the 20th in Marrakech and then moving to Essaouira and spending the 21-23 there for ex-phase and departing the 24 and will be back on our normal itinerary for the final......Read More

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Women in Morocco

Abril and Emma, Participant

Today after we walked through the scorching hot streets of Goulmima, we waited at a taxi stand and were pleasantly surprised when we reached our destination. We arrived at a small building that was a women’s center located in the heart of......Read More

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Moving on to the south

Cara, Dragons Admin

Hello Friends and Family, An update to let you know that the Morocco group wrapped up their trek yesterday and spent the evening in the southern town of Tinghrir. Today they traveled the short distance to Goulmima, a small-town in the south which is......Read More