Our daughter Jackie recently returned from a high school-sponsored trip to Morocco. And she’s written a journal about her experience.
A year ago, we went to the information session and talked to the students who had gone the year before. All had gotten sick…and still loved it. Listening to them talk about how the trip was a life-changing experience was mesmerizing.
Jackie debated between Morocco and India. She chose Morocco, got sick…and enjoyed a life-changing experience.
Living a month in a rustic village a world away from the comforts of America, Jackie became part of a family so different…and yet (as she learned) clearly so much the same.
As Jackie’s father, I’m a wide-eyed observer. For me, the hardships that came with this experience are the birthing pains of a broader perspective. And the uploading of her journal onto our website is her debut as a travel writer. (Each evening I enjoy watching her eyes as she reads the feedback from her many readers.)
Both as a concerned parent and an exacting travel writer, I read through her journal thinking I could spiff it up. I ended up simply enjoying it. It is a beautiful piece of writing coming right from Jackie’s heart, which (in the spirit of a good travel writer) is motivated to share what she learned.
I hope you can enjoy at least browsing through her Morocco photos. My hunch is, you’ll settle into the text and you’ll magically be seeing that fascinating society…through the eyes of a 17-year-old high schooler.