The Orientation of a Lifetime

Sarah Miyahara
September 14, 2016

It’s only been a few short weeks since arriving in Morocco, and I can’t help but think of what season of “Parenthood” I would be on if it were available on Moroccan Netflix. Luckily, the views of Rabat, Meknes, and Fez are more than enough to keep me distracted.

We first arrived in Rabat to acclimate ourselves to our new home, but after 2 days, we made our way over to Meknes to finish our orientation. The two week stay in Meknes was interesting to say the least. Having 4 host siblings all under the age of 10 was more exhausting than I could have ever imagined, and living in 100+ degree weather with no AC or fans has definitely given me a thicker skin. Whenever we weren’t in Darija (the Moroccan dialect of Arabic) classes, we could be found roaming the city, discovering cafes and stray cats, and maneuvering the ins and outs of the old medina.

To top off our time in Meknes, we were able to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid with our host families which commemorates the end of the Hajj. For this holiday, a sheep sacfirice is made to Allah and is a time for giving thanks and spending time with family. If there was ever a time to get me to try the liver of a sheep, my first Eid was the time to do it!

Here are some of my favorite shots from the most exciting orientation I've ever had.


Classes officially start for the semester tomorrow. Wish me luck!


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Sarah Miyahara

<p>Hello! I&#39;m Sarah Miyahara; originally Southern born, California raised, Chicago educated, and now Morocco living! Taking a break from life at Loyola University Chicago where I study International Studies, Political Science, and Peace Studies, to spend my first semester of my junior year abroad. I&#39;ve always loved photography, particularly because it&#39;s the only art I&#39;ve ever been good at, and now I can&#39;t wait to share my photos with you!</p>

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