February 8, 2013 9:00 AM
For the majority of the Tulane community who have never ridden a camel, know that it is a distinctly odd experience, thanks to your mount’s weathered coat, ungainly proportions, and unnerving tendency to leave you hanging, nearly vertical in your saddle, on your way to a new horizontal a good 5 feet off the ground. In a figurative sense, those same sensations — friction, awkwardness, disorientation and an eventual new point of reference — were constant companions throughout an unpredictable and eye-opening fall semester spent abroad in Morocco.
My days were filled with linguistic cross-pollination and a circuit of well-loved coffee shops, my nights with polyglot haggling and my host brothers’ favorite Arabic cartoons, and my stomach with an unending supply of bread and sugar.
My plane touched down in Philadelphia a month ago and my daily life has segued back into the rigor and chaos of Tulane life, but my memories, expanded perspective and craving for mint tea aren’t likely to fade anytime soon.
Cody Wild is a junior at Tulane studying economics.
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