Monthly Archives: March 2012

Waka Waka This is Africa-Morocco

Jenna and I went to Morocco 2 weeks ago. We got up at 4am that friday morning to catch our plane to Seville where we would meet uup with the group we were going with. We get into Seville at 8am and don’t know what to do with our 8 hrs before we leave, so we went to Dunkin Donuts of course. We went sight seeing after that and went down to the river and laid out on a bench to get some rays 🙂 until 4pm. So then we caught our bus to AFRICA! After a 4hr bus ride and forever waiting at port and and hour ferry ride where the ferry rocked side to side the whole time, we were in Morocco. We went straight to the hotel and it was by now 11pm spanish time or 10pm Moroccan time. Jenna and I were  so tired we didn’t even make it through all of the 4 course dinner. We had a salad which I personally think was the weirdes salad ever and went to bed. I guess we missed out on couscous and ice cream 😦

The next morning the breakfast was pretty good but the coffee was eh so so We were Tangier and went about an hour away to Tetouan. We took a tour of the city and the street where they sell all the gold and a tannery and the market.
 We went to lunch and had soup that was pretty good, bread, skewered lamb yumm couscous, and cookies with a mint tea that was amazing. We drove back to Tangier and went to the beach in AFRICA and it was so beautiful. While at the beach we got to take a short camel ride and it was short but it was still cool. There was a baby camel that was the cutest thing but he had poop on his leg 😦 That night we had pasta for
dinner and it was an overall good day.

The next and last day in Morocco we went to Chefchaouen which is a beautiful city where all the buildings are blue. We took another tour of the city and got to go shopping. There was so much stuff and so many vendors it was crazy. We had lunch at a restaurant that had a covered rooftop where Jenna and I got eat. It had incredible views of the city and the mountains. We even got to hear when it was prayer time and some of the singing echoing off the mountains. After shopping and buying some postcards and pictures and a few presents it was time to leave. We made our long journey back and arrived in Seville at 3am. We went to a bar that was open and ate some food and off tot he airport we went.

Morocco was nice because itis a beautiful country and it was cheaper than Spain. The dollar is stronger than the Moroccan Dirham. There are poor people there obviously because it is a 3rd world country but they have simple lives. They don’t have all the gadgets we have or the oversized everything. I think the people that work hard live decent lives. But how they treat women is outrageous because they are considered property and treated like trash. After that trip I am now a feminist. At on of the rest stops the women’s bathroom was a hole in the ground that was overflowing, while the men had normal bathrooms with toilets. That’s just wrong! The men also look at women and especially us Americans like objects and I didn’t like it.I felt like I was being violated with a look and they had no right to look at me like that. And let’s be real thats not all men but yes there definitely were some. I even had one guy flip me off when we where on the bus. I’m not sure if it was because I’m American or a women but I’m guessing a combo of both. The culture is very different there and I was happy to be American because you realize the life you have is better than the rest of the world and just because of where we were born.

It was definitely a good trip and I’m glad I went because it was Africa and also because it was a beautiful country where I got to see how other people live.

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Carnaval and Randomness

Sorry I haven’t written in forever it seems. I’ve been so busy traveling, going to class, and doing work while making time for eating and sleeping haha I’m taking a class in the University with Spanish students and it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I have a lot of outside work like 4 projects. But there aren’t any tests and the things we do in class don’t matter at all except to inform us and hopefully we are interested. I stressing a little. I have 3 other classes, Women’s Literature which is hard because I’m not a literature person and especially when it’s in Spanish and it’s old Spanish haha I also have Spanish for the Health Professionals which I like a lot and we learn about the healthcare system here and the different things having to do with health. My last class is just Spanish which is basically grammar with a little but of everything else. I think it’s kind of stupid I’m taking class where I don’t really learn anything and is almost the same as last semester but hey who am I to decide that.

A couple of weekends ago it was Carnival and it’s a huge festival here in Europe specifically known in Tenerife and Rio de Janeiro Brazil. One of the nights some of my friends and I met up with this lady we know from church and huge out with her sons. It was such a good night and all we did was talk and hang out in Burger King until 1am. The next night we all dressed up. Kelly as a Flamenco dancer, Erica, Cavewoman, and Jenna and I as birds, or fairies or as we like to call it Tortolitos. This is actually a Parejo de Tortolitos which is love bird which we of course arent but its an ongoing joke. That night while getting ready at my house I met my Spanish brother for the first time and he is super nice and so is his wife. We met up with some Spanish friends and went to the bars. It was a fun night. Jenna and I were  the only ones that made it to 6am. We went to the club when it opened at 3am and danced till 5am and after we went to one of the street vendors and bought the best hamburgers we’ve ever had haha probably because at 5am everything tastes so good. Jenna is new this semester but she lives in my complex and we have become really good friends.

Next weekend I’m going to Ibiza with a girl who who is here for the year Erica and that should be really fun St. Patrick’s Day in the party capitol of the world. In 3 weeks it is my 21st Birthday YAY! and I am going to Dublin with my best friend in the world Liasor or BFF for 4 days! After that almost all my work has to be done before our 3 week Spring Break which is almost the entire month of April.  This is because it’s all due the day we get back from break :/ But that’s ok Spring Break is going to be amazing. Me and my friend Kelly, who also has been here for the year, bought a train pass and we are going to  travel around Europe. Starting in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Geneva, Nice and ending in Barcelona. I’m really excited for that. Once we are back there is only 2 or 3 weeks of classes and it’s finals. Can you believe how fast this semester is going? I can’t and I was here last semester. I was sad at first that I was gonna be gone so long but it’s flying by so fast I’m sad I have to leave Spain and my life here. But hey just another reason to visit 🙂

On that note I am going to be running the Boilermaker which is a 15K this summer in July. I ran it last year with my friend Jimmy and did great but this year I’m doing the 5K with my mom, aunt and my cousins girlfriend. (Sorry Jimmy if you read this before I get a chance to talk to you but my mom signed me up and she was like oh family event haha)  So it should be fun. And I’m about to apply for an internship this summer working with people that speak Spanish and going with them to the doctor’s office and helping them out in everyday life. I’m excited because I can keep my Spanish andddd I want to start going to the Spanish Mass in Utica on Sunday nights I think it is. So much is coming up I can’t even believe it.

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