The Beginning of the End

Submitted by Ibrahim Wilson on the Winter 2024 LLCU program in Morocco…

Day 14-15: Tangiers and Academic Pursuits

Our journey through Morocco continued, with our days filled with academic endeavors and cultural explorations. Classes in Arabic and Art and Architecture provided us with a deeper understanding of Morocco’s rich history and vibrant heritage. The guided tour in Tangiers and a visit to the Anglican church offered a glimpse into the city’s diverse tapestry.

Day 16-19: Granada’s Historic Charm

As we departed for Granada, our experiences reached new heights with a guided tour of the Alhambra. The fusion of Moorish and Spanish influences in Granada mesmerized us. The free day allowed us to delve into the city’s charm, creating memories that would last a lifetime.

Day 20-22: Reflections on Islam and Academic Insights

Our return to Tangiers marked a significant phase of introspection on Islam and Muslims. The classes, lectures, and guided tours enriched our understanding. Journaling about the changes in perspective post-trip highlighted the transformative impact of cultural immersion.

Day 23-25: Final Stretch in Fez

The classes in the morning and free afternoons in Tangiers set the stage for our final exams. Packing for Fez, our early departure provided a picturesque journey via Volubilis and a night in Moulay Idris. The guided tour of Fez’s medina unfolded its history and the resilience of its people.

Our group in front of the Brandenburg Gate

Day 26-27: Merzouga’s Desert Adventure

Embarking on a new adventure, we traversed to Merzouga, riding camels through the Erg Chebbi dunes. The challenges of development in the south were evident, but the hospitality of nomadic families and the beauty of the oasis towns left a lasting impression.

Day 28-30: Dades Valley, Marrakech, and Academic Culmination

From Dades Valley to Marrakech, our journey through the High Atlas Mountains showcased the diversity of Morocco’s landscapes. The guided tour of Marrakech revealed hidden treasures, concluding our academic exploration. The vibrant markets, historical sites, and the cultural richness of Marrakech served as the perfect finale to our transformative journey.

Reflecting on this immersive experience, it’s clear that Morocco has left an indelible mark on each of us. The academic pursuits, cultural encounters, and breathtaking landscapes have woven a tapestry of memories, enriching our understanding of a country that seamlessly blends tradition and modernity. As we bid farewell to Morocco, we carry with us not just the knowledge gained in classrooms but the wisdom and warmth imparted by its people and history. The journey may be concluding, but the echoes of Morocco will resonate in our hearts forever.