Jade's shot of Fes' famous tanneries
When we arrived in Fes I was not quite sure what to expect. Sure I had the itinerary but the idea of a homestay was a little intimidating. However, once I walked through our host families door, there was an overwhelming sense of familiarity. Our host families mother was preparing dinner, while the children played outside and her eldest daughter who is very close to my age arrived from work.
During dinner we discussed school, work, politics and the differences and similarities in our cultures. By the end of the first night I felt like I was in the presence of family.
At the end of our stay I was excited about our next city, but there was definitely a feeling of sadness. Before I walked out the door, our host mother said in Arabic, " I don't want you to leave, but i'll see you when you return Insha Allah"
I will definitely return--the experience was invaluable.