Hospitality in Morocco by Ariel Barbieri-Aghib

by tuftsigl
Jun 10

As we were winding through the blue streets of Chefchaouen, I thought back to all of the people we interviewed; the different interesting facts we learned and the overall experience. For me, the most fulfilling part was experiencing the intersection of Moroccan hospitality coupled with the interesting interviews we had. Interviewing with the United Nations High Council for Refugees and various activists from all walks of life opened my eyes to a new understanding of the Moroccan reality which wouldn't have been possible otherwise.

My favorite experience, looking back at the trip, was definitely the amount of juice we collectively drank as a group. Especially in the Marrakech medina where there's a juice stand every two meters. In Rabat, we drank a lot of sugar cane juice, going back to the same man every time. The avocado juice was an interesting discovery for some of us who had never seen avocado used in a sweet manner.

This wasn't my personal first time in Morocco, and it won't be my last. I plan on returning to this interesting country in the future, be it for research, work or pleasure purposes.

We are grateful for having had the opportunity to travel to Morocco through the IGL, and cannot wait to see what conclusions I come to through my research, and how it could add to my experience at Tufts overall.

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