These past few days have been crazy. The day before yesterday, I had a great first day of work and classes. Work was pretty good. I had to fold shirts and straighten stuff for 2 hours. But I met so many new people and it was just a grand time. I also already got made fun of by the captain for wearing Sea-Bands at work. The water is pretty rocky and the boat keeps rolling. Some say that it’s caused by Hurricane Irene. It’s bearable but they say it’s probably going to get worse within the next few days. Foundations of International Business was my first course; it seems pretty interesting. The professor is extremely nice and seems flexible. He kind of reminds me of my business professor back at BW. Comparative World Religions seems like an extremely interesting class. Lots of reading though. I almost fell asleep during the class cause the ship kept rocking back and forth and the professor just has one of those voices.
That night I played Settlers of Catan with John, AJ, Kenny, and Trevor. That game is so much fun. I’m so happy that Tim got to teach me before I came. AJ won that round, but I’m sure we’ll be playing that game a lot and teaching many people how to play. It’s sort of like a strategy game where you have to gain recourses to build roads and houses in order to gain more recourses. The winner has to have 10 victory points that can be gained in several different ways. It is such a great game especially when you play with people that you know, it makes it interesting to say the least.
I felt very nauseous from the ocean and felt decent until that night. My friends gave me some of the motion sickness pills they give at the front counters and they made me exhausted. Yes, they made me feel better, but I wasn’t able to stay awake for the next day; this included classes. I had an 0800 History of Globalizations class that I kept nodding off in, and then in Global Studies (a lecture class) I completely feel asleep. I felt horrible, but the medicine and the ships rocking just put me to sleep and I couldn’t help it. And then after that I had my last class of the day, Language and Culture. This class was interesting so, though I had trouble paying attention, I was able to stay awake. After that I just went to my room and passed out for three hours until dinner.
Today was also interesting because we lost another hour of sleep. I set my alarm so that I can wake up and add my 5th class on time and get breakfast. But I forgot to set my watch and computer clock to be to class on time. I found out the hard way. John invited me to study with him on the front deck so I packed up my things after getting some reading done and went to see him. I saw him and asked him if he wanted to go get lunch and that I have a class at 1. Well his response was that it was already 1:15. I couldn’t get my mind wrapped around it so he asked if I remembered to set my watch… That’s where I went wrong. So I immediately turned around and went to class that I was already late for. On top of being late to class and missing breakfast, John still won’t let me down on the fact that I forgot to set my watch. It was really funny.
For these past two days, I have been helping in the bookstore instead of the campus store for my work-study. I am not going to lie, I really enjoy helping books instead of the store; too bad that the bookstore is only open until Morocco and then after Costa Rica. Today was kind of busy and I was able to put my book knowledge to work. It felt very good to know about these items and to be able to answer questions that came up. Everyone was super nice until one lady, we won’t talk on the web about what happened. But let’s just say you can tell that the one employee never worked in direct retail; taking complaints and harsh, unnecessary words isn’t easy the first time around. I remember my first horrible customer; one just has to learn to remember the critic but not the customer’s harsh words. I feel bad for him because he seemed a little flustered.
I was able to figure out most of my FDPs, which are faculty lead practica in the countries. Most of the ones I signed up for are required for class, and some of them just sounded way to interesting for me to pass up. I also decided to do independent trips with a few people. Morocco is one of them. I am first going to do a city orientation of Casablanca the first day. Then John, AJ, Julieta, and I are going to take a two day trip to Marrakech. We don’t really have a plan, but we know we’ll take a taxi to the train station and the train station to the city. We’ll probably stay at a cheap hotel or something to save money. It should be an interesting experience to have to do this all on our own. I’m so used to having everything planned out with my parents. It’s time to grow up, lol.
Well, I have some reading and studying for History and Global Studies for tomorrow before I go to sleep!
Here’s the description of the City Orientation of Casablanca I’ll be going through on the first day:
CAS15 CASABLANCA CITY ORIENTATION (1330-1730) Minimum 21/Maximum 86 (PRICE: $39) PRE-SALE ONLY
More than 150 years ago, the village that eventually developed into modern-day Casablanca contained a mere 600 inhabitants. Today, it is the economic center of Morocco, the country’s largest city and Africa’s second-largest city, with a population of more than 3 million people. It is a modern and vital city, clearly a product of the 20th century. Casablanca is a modern and well-planned city that is good at hosting the many foreign visitors who pass through each year.
Visit the Hassan II Mosque, the world’s third largest mosque (outside viewing only). Completed in 1993, the mosque was designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues. The minaret of the Hassan II Mosque is the world’s tallest at 689 feet. Similar to the architecture of the Alhambra, the mosque displays strong Moorish influence but also includes modern touches, such as electric doors, a sliding roof and heated floor. It was also built to withstand earthquakes.
After visiting the Great Mosque, drive through Casablanca’s varied neighborhoods, including the Ain Diab Corniche, lined with swimming pools, restaurants and nightclubs; and the luxurious Anfa residential section, where Churchill and Roosevelt met for the Casablanca Conference during World War II.
Continue to Mohamed V Square, the Central Market, the Habous Quarter, the Mahkama (court), the Cathedral Notre Dame du Lourdes, and the Royal Palace Mechouar. Finally, enjoy a walking tour through the mechouar bazaars of the new medina adjoining the Royal Palace.