A lazy Sunday in August!
Arab minorities night!
The end of our first musalsal, fine dining, and raqs (dancing)!
Traveling along the Silk Road!
Our main themes for today: environmental awareness and Bedouin life!
On Monday villagers traveled to Morocco. At dinner we enjoyed Tajine, a stew served atop a bed of rice originating in North Africa from the Berber people. You can see photos from supper on the Al-Wāḥa Instagram at http://instagram.com/clvalwaha. Tajine was a huge success and everyone enjoyed eating out of the Tajine pot which is ceramic dish with a flat base and a coned lid. The pot is beautifully painted.
After an active day, as days always are here at Al-Wāḥa, we began the sahar-lay-ali with a procession from outside Al-Quds (the dining hall area) to Al-Kaheira (a cultural lounge area). We walked on a carpeted path to the beat of drums under the khenjars (daggers) of solemn guards. Al-Kaheira was dark and the Alf Leila Wa Leila song played in the background. Nour, one of our credit teachers here...
At Al-Wāḥa our villagers and counselors experience new adventures everyday. Yesterday our villagers “visited” the gulf countries like Saudia Arabia and Qatar and learned a variety of cultural lessons. Villagers expand their own personal comprehension by leading songs and practicing cultural activities like belly dancing. Villagers also participate in a variety of sporting activities to stay active. Our staff likes to incorporate cultural lessons into our sporting activities.