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    Amy Siracusa

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    Rabiya Eshete

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    Rebecca Sawatzki


  • Tunisia: In Love With A New Magical Life

    Tunisia: In Love With A New Magical Life

    November 22nd, 2016

    by Amy Siracusa

    My name is Amy. My Arabic adventure began under the guidance of Professor Abbadi in 2013, my sophomore year of college, as I declared my minor that same year. Initially I took Arabic because I thought it would be a good challenge for me, it definitely was, but I was also interested in the culture […]


    Taste of UAE: Food for Thought

    Taste of UAE: Food for Thought

    October 31st, 2016

    by Rabiya Eshete

      My name is Rabiya Eshete and I am a senior majoring in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Marketing. I’ve always wanted to study abroad since my freshman year because I love to travel and learn about different places and cultures. I began taking Arabic my Sophmore year and I loved it. Recently, I was […]


    Friends, Family, and Frisbee in Morocco

    Friends, Family, and Frisbee in Morocco

    September 20th, 2016

    by Rebecca Sawatzki

    My name is Rebecca Sawatzki. I’m a senior International Studies major with minors in French and Arabic graduating December 2016. Participating in the Arabic program was one of the most worthwhile things I did at Loyola. During my time at Loyola I studied abroad in the south of France and in Rabat, Morocco. “Abeta!!!!” screams […]


    Palestine: Nexus of Faiths, Cultures,and Languages

    Palestine: Nexus of Faiths, Cultures,and Languages

    February 18th, 2014

    by Caroline Tooker

      My name is Caroline Tooker, I’m a Sophomore at Loyola majoring in International Business with a minor in Arabic Language and Culture. This summer, I spent two months in the West Bank. I hadn’t really planned out my trip and only knew I was going ten days before I got on the plane, so […]


    New Rhythms

    New Rhythms

    January 14th, 2014

    by Megan Meagher

    I can recall from my first few days of staying in Morocco as being characterized by a challenging new rhythm—rhythm regarding the schedule of my day (there’s a clear shift in Tangier, causing the city to come alive more so in the ladder half of the day, especially after sunset), rhythm in the way that […]


    My Experience, My Adventure

    My Experience, My Adventure

    October 31st, 2013

    by Megan Meagher

     marHaban! For two months this past summer I had the opportunity to study Arabic in Tangier, Morocco as part of a language-intensive federal scholarship program “CLS” (Critical Language Scholarship). While I had been studying Arabic the past two years at Loyola, this summer marked my first experience living in an Arabic-speaking country where I was […]


    Last Impressions

    Last Impressions

    November 5th, 2012

    by Christopher Benson

    I still find myself eating with my hands and adding unreasonable amounts of milk to my coffee.  Occasionally a “shukran” or “Alhamdulillah” slips out, and I often recall the Moroccans and their similarities or differences with Americans as I consider this or that social theory or anthropological study.  Via Facebook and email I’ve harbored my […]


    The Tangier Tango

    The Tangier Tango

    September 1st, 2012

    by Christopher Benson

    The weekend before last was a dash to Tangier way in the North to Chefchaouen in the mountains and back to Rabat. Tangier was extraordinary, the most beautiful big city I’ve been to in this country though a very European town in general.  We spent Saturday wandering the city with friends from the CLS group […]


    August 17th, 2012

    by Christopher Benson

    EDUCATION Generally Moroccans grow-up speaking one of two languages, Darija or Amazigh.  Darija is the Moroccan Dialect of Arabic, influenced heavily by Amazigh and French.  Never taught in school, Darija’s spelling isn’t standardized and certain vocabulary and pronunciation change within the country.  Amazigh is the name applied to a diverse group of dialects spoken by […]


    Morocco’s Slice of Sahara

    Morocco’s Slice of Sahara

    August 2nd, 2012

    by Christopher Benson

    Last weekend was an arduous journey to reach the little town of Merzouga near the dune sea named Erg Chebbi.  The first leg of our journey was a train ride to Meknes (which took two extra hours because our train caught fire. Classic Morocco), followed by a nine-hour bus ride.  We didn’t have a hotel […]