Author Archives: Katherine Butler-Dines

Time is Winding Down

In 36 hours I will be on a plane back to the United States and my semester abroad will have come to a close. There were certainly times in the middle of my three and a half months that I … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Debate

I followed my new friend in to the ornately decorated halls of the Dar al-Hadith Hassania building. The zelij (tile) covered walls and cedar wood carved doors surrounding a bubbling fountain made this the fanciest university I had ever attended. … Continue reading

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Resident or Tourist?

The language barrier in Morocco has not posed as great a challenge as expected, I have actually loved communicating in a mix of formal Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, and French to make myself understood. Culture shock was never really a problem … Continue reading

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A Moroccan Wedding

I walked in the door and my host aunts jumped up to kiss my cheeks. They offered me a warm welcome back after six days living in a rural Moroccan village, but all I could think about was rinsing off … Continue reading

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Sacrificing a Sheep and Saving a Lizard: Eid al-Adha

I watched my host mama and aunt cook the liver from our howli, or sheep. My aunt gave me a chunk of the liver; I took a small bite and was surprised to like it. I had been nervous to try it … Continue reading

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My Rebirth into a Moroccan Family

Family is a funny thing. You cannot choose your relatives and instead are thrust in to a group of them at birth. In this way becoming part of a host family might be an even stranger process. As a full-fledged … Continue reading

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Making my way to Morocco

  Summer is winding down. I sit in front of my suitcase trying to figure out how to pack enough without over packing for the next four months in Morocco. With only several days until my departure, the anticipation and … Continue reading

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