Fez - I’m traveling to Spain for the first time this weekend, and frankly I’m not looking forward to it. After all, I don’t even speak the schoolgirl Spanish taught in Los Angeles public schools (I focused on French). And one thing my life in Morocco has taught me is that visiting a country where you don’t know the language or the culture is a very unpleasant experience! Imagine arriving in a country where you don’t know its histories or traditions, you don’t understand the language, you don’t know a soul, and you’re all alone in a sea of strangeness. In other words, imagine being a tourist.

Ilona Gerbakher is a student, traveler and writer currently living in Rabat and studying French, Arabic and Darija.