In Salvation We Trust

After trekking through the treacherous olive fields and weathering the daunting paved and unpaved roads of the Camino, we arrived in Cordoba. The light at the end of our tunnel, our flower in a dried up flower bed, our Harry to our very lonely Sally. We had found our salvation. We were saved. Dramatic sighs of relief exchanged and many cups of Joe drank, we pressed on, running blindly through… Read More

The Alhambra and Starting The Camino

Picture this: Granada, Spain, September 2019. We walked the long, arduous path up to the historic Alhambra Castle. Shan shrieked with excitement; he was overjoyed, for this was his childhood dream. The architecture was miles beyond our comprehension, but we admired the intricacy of design as our guide explained the cultural and power shifts that lead to such a diverse range of décor. We walked across the grounds listening to… Read More

See You Soon

Dear Salaam Students, In a few short days we will gather at JFK airport to embark on our three-month journey of adventure, discovery and personal growth. We’ll start in Spain, learning Spanish and exploring the rich texture and fascinating history of Andalusia before crossing the Mediterranean Sea to North Africa. The bulk of our semester will be spent in Morocco, where we’ll explore ancient medinas, learn about traditional and modern… Read More

The View From Antonio’s

Written By Sheldon & Kate Salaam aleikoum! Y hola, guapos, While you’re out there somewhere flying over the Atlantic in an aluminum tube, we’re back in Malaga at Antonio Banderas’s sipping beverages and gazing at the alpenglow on the Alcazaba. Okay, not quite at Antonio’s, but a couple of buildings over, and we’re gazing at computer screens writing blog posts and presentation evals, but still, I think you’d agree, it’s… Read More

Spanish and Semana Santa in Málaga

Written By Brandis Hola Amigos! Brandis here. Last time you heard from us it was during our big week of Student Directed Travel. This week we got to spend our time in the beautiful coastal city of Málaga, Spain, where we lived in homestays, had Spanish lessons, and participated in various cultural activities during the week-long celebration of Semana Santa. We started off this week meeting our host families and… Read More

Fun With The Fog – Environmental Week

Written By Tori Our group gazed eagerly at the ocean as we arrived to the city of Essauoria. We loved the mountains, but it was nice to smell the crisp air of the beach and know we could rest these next couple days. Almost immediately after we settled into our hostel, the group discussed dinner options. Sheldon often suggests the best restaurants; it is considered to be his super power.… Read More

A Week From A to Z

Written By Vanesia Salaam! Welcome back to our blog, we have Vanesia on the mic today representing the Salaam group. We started off our week relaxing at Chez Yahia in Aghbalou and watching American movies. We then headed out to Amizmiz where we started our three-day trekking experience, and if I could explain what the week looked like in alphabetical order this is how I would put it: A –… Read More

Everything is Ait Ourir

Written By Gina Picture this ten Americans arrive in small Moroccan village: As they settle in Geoff, Eliana, Clemente, and Brandis begin a game of gin. Kayla becomes best friends with the little kids. Vanesia finds a way to get more apricot jam at tea time. Tori takes in mountain views while savoring a Coke Zero. Kate becomes friends with local women and begins baking bread and Sheldon as always… Read More

Magnificent Marrakech – A Mini Student Directed Travel!

Written By Eliana Hello friends and family, We are just finishing up our short but jam packed pit stop in Marrakech, which was filled with lots of good food, laughs and, of course, dancing. Our fearless captain for the week, Tori made sure that our days were chock-full of activities and had something for everyone. Day one started with a stroll off the beaten path to one of Morocco’s oldest… Read More

Bab L-Bwiba! 11 days in RABAT!

Written By Kayla Hey everyone! Week 2 coming at you! This week has been such a different experience compared to the last. We stayed in Rabat and had the opportunity to stay with host families! From what I heard, all our experiences in our homes were great! Definitely blew my expectations out of the water. We ate amazing home cooked meals, like couscous which is usually ate on every Friday,… Read More

Orientation in Fes!

Written by Kayla Salaam friends and family! Kayla here aka the cool one. Just kidding everyone here is the coolest. It’s honestly like we’ve all known each other for 3 months already! I just have to put out there that our diet is superb. Bread and sweets (and I mean 4-sugar-cubes-in-a-cup-of-tea kind of sweet.) Staying in the City of Fes for the beginning of the trip was amazing. The streets… Read More

Salaam group is together in JFK airport!

Greetings, Family and Friends of the Carpe Diem Spring 2019 Salaam group: We are happy to inform you that the Salaam group is united and already beginning to get to know one another at the JFK international airport. They have quite a journey ahead of them, with an overnight flight and a change in Paris, however, they seem to be a group that is more than up to the task.… Read More

Marhaba Salaam!

Dear students, A week for now we’ll be meeting at JFK International Airport in New York to start our three-month journey of growth and adventure. Soon we’ll be immersed in souks and Arabic and mint tea (not literally), but in the meantime take the time to enjoy the precious last moments of home with family, friends, dogs, cats, hamsters, your favorite coffee shops, parks, and favorite foods (unless it’s tagine,… Read More