Beauty around Every Bend

March 17, 2019

Sunday is the only day of the week that classes are not in session in Morocco, so my second day in my field experience was a Sunday excursion to one of the most popular sites for tourism in Morocco – Chefchaouen the “Blue City.”

Our drive to Chefchaouen took us through beautiful rural areas with mountain vistas over lakes and valleys. It was awesome! And Chefchaouen itself lived up to all of the hype. It was packed full of tourists, but the charm of the lovely town was still evident. There were colorful crafts displayed in the stalls along the narrow roads, and every color of blue washed the alleyways and ornate doors. Stunning.

Traditional Wraps in the Market

We climbed the hill overlooking Chefchaouen and stopped periodically to look down at the beautiful town nestled into the mountains. It was quite a hike!

Chefchaouen from Above

At the beginning of this journey, I worried about whether I would able to handle all of the physical activity and the unusual diet. I’m not young or particularly fit, and my digestive issues are legendary. However, something magical was happening to me in Morocco. I felt great the whole time. Because of this, I was up for every excursion, every experience, and all the fun.

On our way home, we drove through the city of Tetouan and past the Spanish city Ceuta. At sunset we stopped and enjoyed the view of Gibraltar and the coast of Spain. Every bend in the road revealed something new and beautiful. I felt that it was a metaphor for my whole journey:

Wherever I go I see something new, feel something new, and learn something new. And it has been stunningly beautiful the entire time.


Most of the time, I am simply "Mrs. Olmos," a busy classroom teacher in a rural district in Southwest Washington State. I teach English, WA State History and Drama to students that range from grades 7-12. I believe in allowing students to use their own creativity and individual voices to enrich learning experiences in my classroom. A typical day in my room includes student-led conversations, collaborative projects, and art supplies. Beyond the classroom, I dedicate myself to many areas of educational leadership. Currently, I am a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms and a member of the leadership team for the Washington Teacher Advisory Council. I am proud to be a National Board Certified Teacher, and a facilitator for National Board Candidate cohorts. Over the years, I have served on committees, panels and cohorts at the district, state and national level. My areas of interest include English Language Arts standards, curriculum and assessment, teacher preparation and certification, equity in rural education, project-based learning, and arts-integrated instruction. In my spare time, I have dogs, horses and and a husband to share my life on a small farm surrounded by green hills and rivers. It's a beautiful life.

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