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French exchange night!

Published: August 15, 2018

Ahlan wa sahlan, everybody! I hope everyone is mumtaztique (an Arabic-French fusion word invented just yesterday!) this morning!

Today was a rip-roaring time because we had visitors over! Yes, Lac du Bois visited! But before that, some happenings:

one mughamara learned about holidays in the three Abrahamic religions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

an egg that was colored during the discussion on Easter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

credit villagers continued working on their projects!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

another mughamara learned about sports!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

during istikshaf (exploration period), some learned about chess!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

another group learned about medicine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a third group about coffee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and some made kites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here's a video of them flying those kites:

Soon after this point in time, our French neighbors arrived to join us during waqt al-faragh, or free time!

we talked together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we drank tea together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we all got henna tattoos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we drummed together!

Soon after that, we exchanged songs! Here's one from Al-Wāḥa:

And here's one from Lac du Bois:

 

Then, we danced together!

enthusiasm incarnate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

learning a new dance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of all the dancing, we watched a dinner skit!

can't go empty-handed to a party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we all gathered for dinner!

and ermagaaaad, look at all of those people!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner, we had an evening program on courageous women of the Arab world!

We met Fatima el-Fihriyya, who started the first university ever in the world in Fez, Morrocco!

Fatima telling her story...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also stopped to meet Tin Hinane, a legendary figure who traveled across the Sahara dessert after war and struggled with only her camel and a few followers until she found some mysterious grain in the dessert which enabled her and her followers to live.

Tin Hinane, "mother of all"...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were many more figures that we met along the way, whose stories I will save for another day! After the evening program, we held a debriefing session about the courageous women and asked villagers to discuss what they had learned and to talk about the courageous women they have in their own lives.

debriefing at the beach...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that was it! Thank you for dropping in! See you tomorrow!

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