*This post may sound stereotypical or judgmental, I apologize in advance and please correct me. Sorry for my lack of knowledge.
I leave for Morocco in a few days and I have so many non stop rushing thoughts. Ironically during this week I am completing my paper for Comparative World Religions class. Being the feminist I am I decided to discuss how religion is masculine, I am comparing Islam and Christianity. As I rent out books from the schools library I realize how complex Islam is. My knowledge on it’s veils and women remaining pure have been created by Western civilization’s stereotypes. At the same time, a few weeks ago there was a few ISIS related attacks on different parts of the world. As I learn about Islam and visit Morocco, Islamophobia is on the rise.
*I DO NOT SUPPORT ISLAMOPHOBIA OR REJECTING THE REFUGEES AT ALL*
Anyways I’m really excited for my trip because this trip is completely different from all the ones I took this semester. I’m finally leaving Europe, going to completely different society. Visiting an area where the main religion is Islam. Staying in a place that has drastic views, rules, and laws compared to Western society. I am so excited to step into a new world, from first hand experience. I can’t wait to embrace Morocco for everything it has to offer me.
At the same time part of me is a little scared and nervous. I really don’t know what to expect. I feel as if I’m gonna break a rule or attract un wanted attention. I get sick so easily so I’m nervous about getting henna or if I accidently consume their tap water.
I think that’s the beauty behind travelling. You can never be prepared for a place you never been to. No matter how much research you do, experience everything like it’s the first time is an experience like no other.