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Happy birthday, America!

4 July, 2011
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Last year at this time, The Husband and I were sitting on Arlington Memorial Bridge watching Independence Day fireworks light up the sky over our nation’s capital.

I was in DC for Fulbright’s pre-departure orientation, and would soon be headed off to begin my grant period in the first country to recognize the independence of the United States – Morocco.

Although I had met my new Fulbright brothers and sisters, and had received a vague plan of how the coming year would play out, there is no way I could have imagined the richness of the experiences I have had in Morocco.  Its one thing to be told about a place, but it’s another thing entirely to experience it first-hand.

Our 4th of July this year was not spent watching fireworks.  We did not go to a barbecue with friends, sit on the sidelines of a parade or see any American flags.  Our day here was just like every other day, but I spent quite a bit more time reflecting on the experiences of this last year and missing fireworks just a little bit.

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