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Travel Blogs from Rabat
I'm sitting in a smoky cafe - It reminds me of a newsroom in the 70s. There's coffee cups clanking, cigarettes burning to buts in ashtrays and the soft sound of a newspaper between someone's fingers nearby.
I've been scouring the internet for contacts and information for this story, and with each success there's been a million failed attempts. The language barrier, the poor translations by google and the overall cloudiness of the topic as a ...
... jobs that are documented, jobs that are secure, and the officers are merely trying to keep those jobs. They can't have hundreds of people sit on a street people are trying to drive down. While I still can't agree with the violence, I also can't say who, if anyone, was in the wrong. Who knows, one of those officers may have just had to beat someone he knew - a friend, a classmate, a brother, a sister.
Is there a solution?
... reserved for the birds and google earth. I could hold the mountain ranges in my hands and trace the meandering rivers with my fingers through the glass. The world feels so big, yet so small.
This first day has been filled with markets, new friends and new smells. Orientation and safety training begin tomorrow morning, and I've had a couple long days of half-asleep airplane naps. I'm off to bed ...
... as I sat down next to her the conversation continued as follows (in Moroccan Arabic):
"You are not married?"
"No I'm not. I'm only 21."
"Do you want to get married?"
"Yes, someday in the future" (far far FAR in the future)
"My son, Karem, he works for a French bank. He wants to get married."
No words I just nod my head. What do you say to that?
"He knows six languages: Arabic, French, English, German, Spanish, Portugese and actually some Russian"
... s ice cream addiction, it was a fitting was to spend her last evening in Rabat. After Oliveri, we made our way over to Upstairs, one of the few pubs in Morocco that continues to operate during Ramadan. Many hours, and even more dirham have been spent there in the last month, and for awhile it felt like just another night out. Three of the other volunteers met us there, and we spent a couple of hours just enjoying each others' company. Kelly and Joel had an obscenely ...