Wanted to let you all know I am fine. I am in
So... Bill, our farmer, drove us to Torvizcon on Friday, where we caught a bus to
It is so shocking being here. I don't think I've ever received a greater cultural shock I have in our first 24 hours here. I am so humbled. I thought I knew a lot, but I know nothing. Everything qbout this trip up til now seems like a joke in comparison. I have no idea how I am perceived here. We had a little incident in Tanger where Nicci and I got grabbed on the street. It was pretty upsetting. But why did it happen? Because we are female? Or white? Or unaccompanied? Or out after sunset? Or in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or dressed weirdly? Women here wear hijab, a floorlength tunic and a head scarf. Men wear a different kind of tunic with a pointy hood and sometimes a turban. We just cover ourselves from head to toe in what ze have.
Leaving the city was another kind of shock. The cities are surprisingly cosmopolitan but the countryside gets increasingly bootleg as we go south. The landscape looks like what I would imagine in the
Me: (in Arabic) Hello sir.
Me: (pointing at bread) Three. Please.
Man: (in French) You....speak.... is... French?
Me: Uh... espagnole?
Man: Ah! My brother... marry... with Spanish.
Man: (smiling, in Arabic) garble garble! blah blah!
Me: (smile, shrug)
Man: blah! garble! hfdgjkhdfqgljk!
Me: (laughing helplessly, take bread, smile more) Thank you.
Man: You're welcome. garble garble!
Me: Good. Bye.
:::me fleeing back to the bus:::
Meanwhile, in French I can embarrass myself more thoroughly. I am capable of entire sentences of gibberish:
Me: And the street of our hotel, what does he call himself?
Man: Rue alAttouane.
Me: Ah! I me am an agreement of where our hotel is!
Me: Are we wanting to go there now.
Man: (smiling uncertainly)
Me: It is good! Thank you! Yes! Goodbye!
You can see it is rather exhausting being here. We have a lot to learn. I have rarely felt more stupid, incompetent, or out of place, but so far it is ok. I am deeply grateful to be here with Catherine and Nicci of all people.
I also really want to keep going. I want to go to
Ok. That is all for now. I can't stand the keyboard any more. Will write again soon.