Spain/Morocco: Modern Morocco
By Saritha Ramakrishna
I heard that Morocco has embedded within it a series of contradictions. After visiting Rabat and Marrakech, it seems as if Morocco exists in a kind of gray space, between the expectations of the modern present and its past foundations. Though I’ve heard this said about many different countries, experiencing it firsthand allowed me to understand what this really means. The landscapes of many developing countries, at least in my experience, have been so characterized. I think Westerners find it strange to see computer parts being sold on the floor of a marketplace, or to find familiar cartoon characters printed on t shirts sold in the next shop. It’s kind of like an incomplete collage, part of the organized chaos of modern Morocco.
Spain/Morocco: Some Musings…
By Mady Tyson
It is so hard to set a goal. I’ve thought about this many times, especially when struggling to reach one, but the hardest part is in defining what exactly the goal is. I thought about this as I see the girls high school we visited today. These girls travel between 10-300km to go to a boarding school because there isn’t one in their village. They want to do well in school, they want to enjoy their friendships, they want to make their families happy. A colleague said she talked to the girls about what they can do with their life, and told them how if they did very well they can go to university. To the right person this can be a very powerful message, but it also needs support. It’s hard enough for me to set goals and I don’t live in a desert with a minimum of supplies, and I’ve been taught about the importance of setting goals. It gives me a lot of awe to realize how many people have taught themselves these behaviors.
Morocco: Learning and Exploring
By Frank Trombino
Morocco is undoubtedly different from anywhere else in the world that I’ve ever been. There is something mystical about this place that cannot be captured in words, but rather necessitates a first person experience. Our arrival in Rabat was my first introduction to this mystique, and the day spent after our meeting with the British Council and Young Arabian Policy Analysts certainly assisted in my comprehension of this strange place. At the meeting our discussions divulged information about policy making in Morocco and helped frame the notion of sustainability from outside a western lens. This meeting also granted students the opportunity to discuss and inform Moroccans a glimpse of sustainability through the framing learned at ASU.