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So this photo shows the view from my window on one of my first nights staying at AUI. I couldn't ask for it to be any more beautiful.

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This following picture is what my view looks like now.

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Who knew it could snow so much in Africa! To me, this weather is not ideal. But this weekend's weather in Fes and Meknes will hopefully be a lot warmer!

Today was the first day of classes. Walking to class was more of a struggle than actually attending class. Most of the walkways here are marble. And when marble is wet, your shoes slide all over the place! Luckily I did not wipe out on my first day of class!

My first class today was Principles of Sociology and I loved it! My teacher, Steve, was so funny and I can tell this class will be very interesting! He began the class with a drawing of a girl pulling her hair out and asked the class why she might be doing this. A student named Mohamed spoke up and said that she is probably emotionally happy. Steve put him down right away and said, "Nope. This girl is a deranged bitch." He continued the class talking about how the average woman is born with a more developed frontal lobe in the brain than the average male. Mohamed, of course, challenged this and said that he was born smarter than the average woman. Steve jumped right in and said that this could be true considering some men are born more feminine than others.

Later I went to my class with Nikita, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. I'm not sure how interested in this class I will be, but I know it will information that I need to know, especially for adapting to a new culture!

Later in the afternoon I went to my Communications through speaking class. I arrived on time and my classmates slowly filled in all the seats. In Morocco, arriving on time usually does not happen as strictly as it does in America. However, we were told that our teachers here should be punctual. Well, after 15 minutes of waiting for my professor, the whole class got up and left. So my first day was pretty easy!

Everything so far is going well. Rania, my roommate, has been great and has given me the down low about AUI. Tomorrow I have History of the Arab World and Beginning Arabic I. I will flush the toilet at 9:00 pm and wear my pj's inside out in hopes of a snow day, but if not I hope my classes go well!

Posted by htoberman 10:39 Archived in Morocco

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