I took a week off of work to visit my host family and other volunteers the week of Christmas. It wasn’t until right before I left that I was told that Thursday (Dec. 24th) was the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday. I think it’s a beautiful coincidence that two of the most popular religions celebrated their leaders during the same time in 2015.
Here I want to share some moments with my host family during the Prophet’s birthday:
Later that day (Dec. 24th) I traveled to other volunteer’s site to celebrate Christmas:
This year, I’m starting a new series titled, ‘What Had Happened Was.’ This will be a month in review post to show things that I might not have blogged about and to sum up what I did that month.
What had happened in January was…
~I was in Rabat for Medical off and on for about 3 weeks. I’m proud that this was the first time I had to go to Rabat for Medical and I’ve been in country a year already. This is the volunteer lounge where I spent much time using the WiFi between appointments.
~I did get a helmet while in Rabat. Unfortunately, I left it on the bus when I got to site…oops.
~My last day in Rabat, I went to Sushi Box and had this lovely Bento Box for lunch before heading back to site.
~ I took this picture from the bus on the way home. I just want people to know that IT DOES SNOW IN MOROCCO!~The day after I get home, I find a concert in my Dar Chabab! There was singing and skits were performed.
~Once I was finally able to stay in site, one of my host-family members was able to install my hot water heater; Yay for hot running water!!!
~While back in site, I was also able to, finally, find a bike and a heater. I bought them from a nearby city. Peace Corps reimburses us for these purchases, however, you have to have previous Country Director approval before purchasing a bike and a volunteer must buy a heater their first winter in order to be reimbursed.
~I did make a post about Care Packages. This is a package from my parents. It actually arrived the day after Christmas but I was at a PCV party in Figuig, then I got sick and left for Rabat. So I didn’t ‘receive’ it until January.
~ This is my homemade Christmas with the new additions of Christmas cards and lights from the care package above. I had a long Christmas celebration!
~ Finally, I treated myself to a DIY at home spa day and decided to straighten my hair. I did straighten it for Thanksgiving but it rained in Rabat so it got super puffy.
Happy Holidays! This is just a little reminder to be grateful for the time you have to spend with family. I realized that this is my last Christmas with my family before leaving for Peace Corps Morocco in January.