I have my final placement.
---edited------. Charmingly described as "a dusty modern town" by lonely planet. They go on to note that "it's most useful to travelers and gas smugglers as a transit point." Apparently it's a hub for pirated petrol from Algeria. 18 kilometers from the Algerian border and 25 km south of the mediterranean. In three months we'll be permitted to travel, and it looks like I am a 100 km ride plus an 8 hour, 75$ round trip ferry ride from southern spain. Is this peace corps? I did not expect this. Friends are going all over, including the far far south and the mountains. A couple is even being sent to Essouria.
Certain dreams have come to an end, such as traveling by donkey and running around mountains and learning Tashelheit. The language in town is rumored to be pretty much normal Moroccan Arabic. However, there are some local oddities which means I'll be speaking the rural west virginia english equivalent of darija. That's assuming I learn it. Surprisingly, the peace corps did listen to my request for a site-mate, Krista, who will doubtless make frequent appearances on this blog. Algeria here we come. Swear-in is in three days.
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