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My First Day In Ifrane

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Everything seemed to be looking up! After I woke up, I decided to find other exchange students. I met up with Lauren and walked around our school's campus. It is BEAUTIFUL here! The sun was out and I fell in love with this campus - even though I kept getting lost since every building looks identical!

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Later on, I went to downtown Ifrane with Keriah, Lauren, Matt, and "Geronimo." I had my first mint tea experience and it was amazing! We walked to the marché and had an amazing lunch. The market is like nothing I've seen before! There are many fresh fruits and vegetables sold every day, along with chicken and goat meat hanging from the ceiling. I have been amazed by how cheap everything has been! My lunch was 30 MAD, which is close to $3. I could get used to this!

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The one thing that I have found difficult so far is the language barrier. Most people speak either French or Arabic. I can understand some of the French, but it is hard to shop at the market without knowing what to say. I feel like I'm playing a game of charades with the sellers. I also never know what to expect when I play eenie-meenie-miney-mo in order to choose a meal off of a French/Arabic menu!

I explored the campus more and even went on a hike with some of the exchange students behind my dorm. The pool here is beautiful! Unfortunately, the gym looks like a place that ex-convicts might spend their time at. I guess we will see how working out ends up this semester. I have been walking all over the place, so my feet have been killing me and I have been getting some exercise in!

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My first two nights here I made a megabed with Lauren and Keriah. It was nice getting to spend time with other girls and not feel so lonely! They definitely helped me transition into this new environment. I couldn't have asked for a better group of exchange students!

Posted by htoberman 09:03 Archived in Morocco

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