Tonight, we’ll drag our sandy bags up the steps of our Zamalek residence in Cairo. We’ve had a fantastic excursion in Morocco, but our fondest memories of this country are of Fes. Thanks to our patient darija teacher, we’re leaving with a firm foundation for continued study of the arabic language, a skill we honed through playful conversations with students from all over the world at the Arabic Language Institute in Fes. Daily insight into Moroccan culture and society provided our welcoming host families and engaging course taught by professor Sadiq Rddad from the University of Fes made for a captivating five weeks in l’Maghrib. Above all, living in the medina challenged and compelled each of us to consider Prof. Rddad’s signature assertion: it is through knowing another culture and way of life that we come to understand our own.
Expect more updates from excursion soon, as well as our first impressions of Egypt. We really appreciate keeping track of who’s following our blog, so please leave a comment when a post strikes you or you have something to share!