Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
20Trip End May 2009
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Today I found out what Berber dialect I will be learning- Tamazight (sp?), which also helps to narrow where my site will be (Inshallah I make it that far). Language is the key to integration and success it seems, so I'm hoping I can catch on in a timely manner.
For the past week I have been in Azilal, a small town in the mountains. The drive here was striking, and the landscape is very similar to that of New Mexico's except that it is a ábit more lush. While here we have been taking Moroccan Arabic lessons (derija) by Language-Culture facilitators in addition to some important life lessons like: learning how to pee in a Turkish toilet, how to wash your clothes in a bucket, and the finer points of wrapping a scarf around your head, which for the ladies is a good attention deterant
Moroccans are for the most part very friendly and have a great sense of humor. While in a cafe with some other female volunteers, the owner's child (a little boy named Hssan) wandered around and even sat at the table with us, additionally, the mother was completely fine with a few trainees holding the boy, without a second thought.
I also just ordered my 1st djllaba, the traditional dress that most women wear here. It's pink. Surprise! A flock of Trainees and a few LCF's went to the most reputable fabric store in Azilal to help us settle on designs and bargain the price (like many places in the world, bargaining is an art). I paid half the price up front for the fabric and will pay the rest when I recieve the djllaba, as they are tailor made.
Thanks for all the good wishes!