September 23, 2003: Headlines: COS - Morocco: Internet: Blogs - Morocco: Personal Web Site: A Moroccan Emprise

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A Moroccan Emprise

A Moroccan Emprise

A Moroccan Emprise

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Through my estute observation, I have come to the realization that there are two different types of pigeons in Morocco (or at least Rabat). The first is the thick-necked poop machine that is common to Europe and the USA. The other is a smaller and more delicate thin-necked flying bird (and not rodent with wings). Iíve also notice that they donít like each other and that they try to stay away from each other.In other news, I went to my first real artisanal shop yesterday called Oujda in Sale (across the river from Rabat). It was beautiful! There were showrooms in the front and smaller, item-specific and factory shops in the back. We talked Ö

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Cell Phone?
Monday, September 22nd, 2003

Hello! Just a quick update that I finally got a cell phone. A cell phone in the Peace Corps?!? Well, we are in the 21st century and I plan on mainly using it for my work. ;-)

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The first week
Sunday, September 21st, 2003

Of course itís hard to realize that Iíve only been in Morocco for one week. One can defenitely see it in my Darija, but other than that, things feel quite normal here. This, in my opinion, is because of the amazingly warm and open culture. Case in point: because of the Ďworld eventsí, you have to be careful when youíre walking around the streets; it is not a good idea to bring more attention to yourself than already possible. Two days ago, I was walking with three other PCTís (Peace Corps Trainees) through the medina (city in Darija, but more like the market). We passed by a door that was only half-way open and one Ö

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Salam u Alaykum
Wednesday, September 17th, 2003

Hello! So itís been a true whirlwind since Iíve landed. I do apologize for having written so little upon my arrival, but it was not until yesterday that I figured out how to switch the French keyboard to an English keyboard. I am still in Rabat, going through eight hours of training, six days a week. For the first few days, we stayed in a hotel at the training site, which is right across the street from the parliament building. Yesterday we went to the first of our three homestays. I will be with this family until next Saturday, September 27th, when I will be doing my community-based training for about nine weeks in Fès Ö

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Monday, September 15th, 2003

Hi Iím here and I had written a very long entry, but because this is a French keyboard, I pushed the wrong button. My time is almost up, so know this: Iím here, Iím safe and everything is wonderful!!!

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Wi-Fi Revolution
Tuesday, September 9th, 2003

When I ordered my new laptop, I preferred one without a wireless LAN card (internet card). Because this is the year 2003 in the land of the United States, I didnít have too much choice, so once it arrived, I merely disabled the wireless capabilities. Last night, before the screening of my first viewing of ďCasablancaĒ, my laptop was not connected to the internet, as my roommates and I were sitting in the living room. I was fooling around, and much to my surprise, my wireless connection worked. Although I didnít know where the connection hub was, I didnít care: I was connected without being connected. So today, two days before I leave for my Ö

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Sunday, September 7th, 2003

Four days and countingÖ.

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Friday, September 5th, 2003

I finally set up a website I actually likeÖ.Now if I could only get my archives to work. ARG. One week left to go; reality is slowly sinking in.

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Gearing up
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003

Wow. Things are happening quite quickly. Today is my last day at work. Iím going to miss most of the people at CIEE. Itís an organization with a great mission; Iíve had fun over the past 13 months.I have less than eight days left. Thereís a lot to do. In reality, itís probably more in my mind that I have so much to do rather than in actuality. In the past couple of weeks, Iíve gotten my Moroccan Arabic (Darija) - English dictionary and two grammar books. The Peace Corps Morocco also sent me a very good introduction guide to the language. Thereís actually a chance that I wonít be learning Darija, but Ö

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