With these conversations, I had begun to paint a picture in my head. I was ready for an obvious Soviet influence and for the personal frustration that comes with not being able to speak the local languages. I had prepared for the conservative dress, the heat, the fact that people may stare because of my foreign skin color, and the likely possibility that I would lose my suitcase. But my expectations were shattered in many other ways. My original picture has since been edited by the people I have met and my experiences from the past two weeks.
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Despite language barriers, I am most touched by the unsurpassable generosity and genuine kindness Moroccans have for one another. When our group of twelve arrived at Tarmilaat, a small village outside of Ifrane, we were greeted with an abundance of smiles by an elder woman. She insisted that we all stay for tea and meet her family. We walked into her home and a young boy and girl approached us with warm handshakes and kisses. Even though we were not fully able to hold a conversation with them, the excitement in their faces showed us how much our visit meant. That afternoon, the kisses, handshakes and short conversations in broken French showed me how compassion for others is valued in Moroccan culture.
While it is true that the pace of life move slower, shops open later, and people are on generally different schedules during Ramadan, I would not trade the experience of being here during this month for anything. It has taught me so much more about Morocco, Islam, its people, as well as about myself. It is truly special to have the opportunity to witness a time that is so incredibly important, and unifying. I am thankful it has brought me to a better understanding of Islam and the Moroccan people who so kindly welcome me here.
At the core of all of Exosphere’s experiences there is the same philosophy: to keep alive and burning the desire to press forward in the face of all opposition, to encourage and foster limitless curiosity for learning, improve and enhance the ability to adapt, and strengthen the will to shape the world for the better. We believe these are the essential traits of the entrepreneur, and what the world needs right now.