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Rachel Wasbotten

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
The truth is, now I am scared to go home. I am worried that all I have experienced and all of that I have grown to be will leave me as soon as I step back into my old life. I have never been away this long from home, but I am so comfortable being on my own ...

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“The ideal is to feel at home anywhere, everywhere” Geoff Dye
Two weeks ago, Dakota, Kelsey, and I left Ifrane to go visit Chefchouen. We left early Friday morning and took the CTM to the "Blue City." It snowed in Ifrane that night, so we had a tough time finding a grand taxi to get to the CTM station in Fes. We final...

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"It's better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times"- Asian Proverb
My trip to Rome was awesome. Dakota, Kelsey, and I got to spend more time together, and we were able to explore a new city and see prominent historical monuments. The weekend started early Sunday morning where we all met at 5:45 am to walk to the gates of t...

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru
This past weekend was spent in the gorgeous city of Marrakesh! Since we had Thursday off because of Green March, Dakota, Kelsey, and I wanted to make our way down to Marrakesh since it is a 9-hour bus ride away. Unfortunately, Kelsey ended up staying behind...

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“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
The last couple weeks have been really busy since we had midterms and I had to register for class for next semester back at Kent. I am finally getting around to writing about my birthday, my trip to Casablanca, and volunteering with refugees! On the 23rd, I...

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“People don’t take trips . . . trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
Amsterdam. As I start writing this, I am still in awe that I was able to go to Amsterdam for a weekend. It feels so surreal that I was there. Derek, Nate, Dakota, and I left Friday morning to board a 3-hour flight to Eindhoven. We flew with Ryanair, a disco...

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“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~ Miriam Beard
From stargazing to riding camels, this past weekend was one for the books. The weekend started at 7 am on Saturday where I and eleven other people boarded a bus to Merzouga, Morocco. The bus ride was about six hours and on the way we stopped in Erfoud and h...

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For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us. -Donald Williams
Today is the one-month anniversary of me being in Morocco. As soon as I arrived I knew that I would have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The past couple weeks have been nothing short of amazing. After some paperwork, I am now a Moroccan resident and that i...

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“Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.” ― Shannon L. Alder
This past weekend in Rabat was full of sunburns and laughter. I was able to get to know a great group of people and see more of Morocco. At three o'clock on Friday eight of the exchange students met to take a taxi to Meknes to board the train to Rabat. The ...

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“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
Today is my last day before the academic semester begins at AUI. After four long days of orientation, I have learned more about Moroccan culture, academic policies at the University, dos and don'ts in Morocco, and I signed my residency papers! I have been i...
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