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"Desert, Dunes, and Delicious Desserts!" by Chelsea Jeskie

"Desert, Dunes, and Delicious Desserts!" by Chelsea Jeskie

A group of us took an overnight bus to Merzouga. We decided to go to Merzouga to see the famous Erg Chebbi sand dunes in the Sahara Desert. While in Merzouga, we were lucky enough to go on an excursion that allowed us to meet a local Bedouin family living in the desert. They invited us to their home for mint tea and spoke about life in the desert. They told us they have been living in the desert for 9 months and before that, they were living in Merzouga. They also said they were nomads and never stayed in one place for too long. It was a humbling experience and I hope to never forget it. Photo Credit: AMIDEAST, Summer 2018

In the past, I ATV’ed in a rainforest which was an incredible experience. However, getting to ride an ATV in the middle of the Sahara Desert was by far the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life. My friends and I hopped onto our ATVs and raced up and down multiple sand dunes. After about 30 minutes of riding through the desert, we took a quick break to take this picture. As we were relaxing, we thought we were going to turn around and go a different route but alas we were mistaken. After taking a few sips of water and capturing some pictures, our guide proceeded to drive down this enormous sand dune. The drop was about 100ft-- almost straight down. As I slowly inched my way to the edge, I was sure my ATV was going to flip over and I was going to go rolling down this dune, but at the same time, adrenaline was running through my veins and I was excited about going down. One by one, we all rolled down on our ATVs until we reached the bottom. Then, we hit full throttle and continued our adventure. Photo Credit: AMIDEAST, Summer 2018

At least once a week after class, my friends and I would head over to Café Oudaya within the Kasbah in Oudaya Rabat. This café overlooks the river between Rabat and Sale and we were lucky enough to be in Morocco during Mawazine, an annual music festival. One of the Mawazine stages happened to be across from Café Oudaya so we were able to listen to music by local singers while sipping on mint tea and munching on freshly made cookies. We shared many laughs at this café and got to know each other pretty well through our life stories. Through the conversations I had with people at Café Oudaya, I learned more about Islam, Moroccan culture, and about the hopes and dreams of the people I spoke with. Café Oudaya will forever hold a special place in my heart. Photo Credit: AMIDEAST, Summer 2018

Introducing Fall 2018 Blog Correspondent: Gwenyth Szabo

Introducing Fall 2018 Blog Correspondent: Gwenyth Szabo

"The Center of the World" by Brian McCann

"The Center of the World" by Brian McCann