Yesterday was grueling. We went over, in excruciating detail, how to write a lesson plan, for several hours. There were, however, a few moments where we hit upon some idea or other for a useful project. If nothing else, it was a great lesson in patience and endurance, particularly for a friend in my language group, who’s a college professor in his other life. After that, we had a ‘Moroccan party’ (hefla)- dancing and music and everything but one of the volunteers, who’s on his way to being jimmy buffett JR, stole the show. Biggest hit was probably the Peace Corps Blues, which he made up on the spot. If these pictures work, he’s the guy with the absurd mustache and hair.
Today we had the day off, which was awesome. Slept a solid 10 hours, and walked around Rabat a fair amount. We saw where they buried a few kings and some sweet ruins. At the ruins (Phoenician, roman, and so forth, on top of each other), we saw a snake, eels, hedgehog, tons of cats, roosters and chickens, and lots and lots of cranes hanging around a pool where women who are having trouble conceiving go to feed eggs to the eels aiming to enhance their fertility. The word for cranes is apparently “lak-lak”. Also joked with an old guy about eating the hedgehog. We got stopped by some policemen on the walk back because we were carrying cameras and near to the embassies. They were perfectly friendly though, and immediately recognized ‘peace corps’, so we had no hassles. It was a good day. I’m trying to get some pictures up on this thing, but I have no idea if it will work. If they do, the one with the fountain is near the tombs of the kings, and the other two are from the ruins