Student Photo Gallery: Morocco

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May 20, 2014


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Student Photo Gallery: Morocco

From the sun and sand in the Sahara Desert to the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh markets, Semester at Sea voyagers made the most of their last port of the Spring 2014 Voyage as the MV Explorer spent five days docked in Casablanca, Morocco.

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After a night of sleeping under the Saharan stars, Allyson Miller, a journalism student at Metropolitan State University of Denver, woke up at sunrise for a camel trek in Zagora.
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Amidst exploring Old Fez, Michael Jarosz, a student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, ventured outside the city gates to a hillside village called Merini that held many Moroccan ruins. “From here we could see gorgeous panoramic views of the city, cemetery and farms. Not surprisingly, it is a popular place to catch the sunset!”
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While walking through the market in Marrakech, Translyvania University student Courtney Smith was overwhelmed with the smell of spices and turned the corner to find piles of all sorts of spices on display at different stalls. Spices are a staple of Moroccan food and people from all over come to the markets to buy the spices they need.
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University of San Diego student Ivy Guild captured this image of fellow student Darcy Cadman walking down a sand dune at sunset during an independent camel trek through the Sahara Desert.
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After a long day at the Medina of Marrakesh, York County CMTY College student Jake Molloy decided to have dinner overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa, the large bustling market square in the heart of the old medina. “A cat was wandering around our table and eventually sat in front of our view just as the day turned into night and the square began to light up.”
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On a visit to the Atlas Corporation Studios in Ouarzazate, Morocco, Vanderbilt University film student Scott Head captured this photo of a fake but realistic alleyway that has been home to shooting many motion pictures such as The Mummy Returns and Gladiator.
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Following a visit to the Chaouwara Tanneries to see how Morocco’s world famous leather is processed, British Columbia Institute of Technology student Michael Jarosz meandered through the narrow, car-free lanes of Old Fes where he came upon one of the many fountains sprinkled throughout the city. “I saw people doing everything from washing their feet to refilling their water bottles in these fountains!”
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While trekking the High Atlas Mountains, University of Louisville student Avery Segal stayed at a Berber village and photographed this local carrying his goods in between villages. “It was fascinating to see how most villages were connected by only hiking and mule trails. Cars are only useful to a certain extent, a polar opposite of how trading works in America.”
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After driving through gorgeous landscapes near the Atlas Mountains, University of California Los Angeles student Catherine Bronzo enjoyed a colorful, fresh, and tasty lunch with her travel companions. “Chef Tarik of Atelier de Cuisine prepared an amazing Moroccan salad from his organic garden that none of us could resist!”
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During the “Islam in the World” field lab, Shanghai Finance University student Qingruo Zhao photographed classmate Fatima Rodriguez while in the basement of Hasan II Mosque. “It was a place for individuals to clean themselves before they prayed, but even without bathing there I could still embrace the sense of holiness and purity.”
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Colorado State University student Josiah Savig took this photo of fellow voyager Suzy Thompson sitting outside of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. “My friends told me that the patterns and designs inside the mosque were incredible, yet only getting to view the outside was enough to grasp its intricacy and majesty.”
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Spending the night at a Berber camp in the Sahara Desert, SUNY College New Paltz student Rachel Marra spent the night under the stars with friends. “Since there was no light pollution the stars were spectacular; I’ve never seen anything like it.  I took hundreds of pictures of the Northern sky and complied them all together into one image to show how the stars move in the night sky over a period of time. “
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