Sarah Forman

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My name is Sarah Forman '13, and I'm double-concentrating in Middle East Studies and Chemistry. Through my Arabic studies, I've managed to develop a passion for all things Tunisian, and I finally had the chance to visit the country for the first time this March. In the fall of 2012, I'll be back for a semester-long study abroad program.


Stories by this author

  • | January 9th, 2013
    Almost as soon as I stepped out of the Rabat airport on a pleasantly warm Thursday evening two weeks ago, I entered into a bit of banter with a cab driver that frequently repeated itself in the following days.   “Where are you going?” he said...
  • | January 8th, 2013
    People had warned me that Moroccans would be generally kind and helpful before I showed up in the country. But I don’t think any kind of forewarning could have prepared me for the overwhelming offers of hospitality and generosity that Moroccans have...
  • | January 2nd, 2013
      I didn't realize how skeevy I looked until after the fact.   I had a meeting at one of Casblanca's Jewish Community Centers this morning, and I got there a few minutes early (thanks to a frighteningly quick taxi drive). Since it was...
  • | January 2nd, 2013
      On the last day of 2012, in honor of of a few months of international travel and lots of religious exploration, I sprang for what'll probably be the most expensive lunch I'll eat in Morocco during this sojourn. At a snazzy Kosher restaurant...
  • | December 30th, 2012
    The main synagogue in Rabat is pretty nondescript. It’s a nice-looking white building with a wide staircase in a comfortable area of town. Though there’s a small mezuzah on the front door that easily blends into the dark colored molding, nothing...
  • | December 19th, 2012
    In between my SIT-sponsored study abroad program and a two-week sojourn in Morocco, I’m lucky enough to get to spend a full week exploring southern Spain for a vacation and some language practice. So far, I’ve wandered through Sevilla and Cordóba,...
  • | December 10th, 2012
    Yesterday afternoon, on the second day of Chanukkah, I went to the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse to eat jelly donuts and light candles (not exactly a North African-style celebration, admittedly). In a classic Sarah Forman move, I misread the...
  • | November 15th, 2012
    As I’ve been looking through my Facebook newsfeed over the past two weeks (I’m trying to write a paper, so obviously that’s happening quite a bit these days), I’ve been overwhelmed by the many different perspectives my friends are sharing about the...
  • | November 15th, 2012
    A few weekends ago, my study abroad program sent us up to Paris to get a tast of city life, now that we've spent so much time in Provincial Toulouse.   After spending a rainy Friday morning at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, a large...
  • | October 20th, 2012
    About a week ago, I moved into my new host family’s apartment in the center of Toulouse. It’s a beautiful home, and my parents are incredibly kind and generous with me (très sympa, in the local parlance). Indeed, they’re quite similar to my real...
  • | October 20th, 2012
      The first time I kissed a boy on the cheek -- a rushed affair in the hallway in front of my home-room class at the end of the school day -- I spent a solid hour dissecting the incident with my sixth-grade friends. Ohmygosh what did it...
  • | October 7th, 2012
    This past week has brought yet another Jewish holiday — this one the harvest festival of Sukkot. It’s a biblical celebration that references the 40 years Jews are supposed to have spent wandering through the desert after the exodus from Egypt....
  • | October 4th, 2012
    “The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the...
  • | October 1st, 2012
    Jews — even those of the more secular, non-practicing persuasion — don’t usually mess around with Yom Kippur. According to tradition, it’s on this autumn “high holy day” that God makes a final list of who is set to live and die in the coming year,...
  • | September 22nd, 2012
    “It looks just like the Epcott version!” I excitedly told my dad over the phone. I was describing Toulouse, a lovely city in the south of France where I’ll be living for the next few weeks. After the anti-American protests at the U.S. Embassy in...
  • | September 19th, 2012
    I tend to subscribe to a relatively liberal and open version of Judaism. Indeed, my services of choice at Brown RISD Hillel involve a few dozen students sitting barefoot in a circle to sing psalms and talk about their feelings on Friday nights. I'm...
  • | September 14th, 2012
    I was sitting on the train to Tunis this afternoon, hoping to witness some part of the non-violent protests that have been popping up in the city over the last few days in response to an anti-Islamic American film (admittedly, not my smartest move...
  • | September 12th, 2012
    I woke up with a jarring headline splashed across my computer this morning: U.S. embassy and consulate attacked in Egypt and Libya. One, and then four, Americans confirmed dead. Reports spilled in quickly, and by now the internet is filled with news...
  • | September 11th, 2012
      I've been in Tunisia barely a week, and already I've attended my second wedding. This time, my host parents' niece is tying the knot, so all the women in her family went to the hamaam -- a bath house -- together to celebrate this afternoon....
  • | September 8th, 2012
    In Tunisia at least, people tend not to get married during Ramadan — a holy month of communal fasting. But in the weeks immediately following Ramadan, weddings abound. Nearly every evening as I’ve walked along the streets in Sidi Bou Said — a suburb...
  • | April 1st, 2012
    Included in this blog post is some video I took at a protest last Sunday morning on Bourguiba Avenue Avenue. It was on this street that Tunisians famously convinced Ben Ali to "degage" 14 months ago. According to a decision made by Tunisia's...
  • | March 27th, 2012
    For our final debate on Friday, we joined students at the Tunis Business School. For the first time, we had the chance to explore a free, public institution, and it was quite different from the private schools where we spent our first two debates....
  • | March 27th, 2012
    Even though Wednesday's agenda was one of our trip's fullest, I still managed to spend most of my day relaxing and enjoying myself.  We started early with a 9am meeting at the Pierre Mendes French School in Tunis. The first debate at 9:30 was...
  • A Halal Dance Party
    | March 21st, 2012
    I had a rather exhausting first day in Tunis (which fortuitously overlapped with Independence Day). We landed in Tunis Tuesday morning, and had a quick and easy trip through customs, as the officer seemed more interested in gossiping about a poorly...
  • | March 20th, 2012
    Early Monday morning, my Tunisian-American roommate for the night pulled out her headphones to give me an update from the BBC podcast she follows: "There was a school shooting in France." She went on to explain that three children and a Rabbi were...
  • | March 17th, 2012
    Within my first few weeks of Arabic study at Brown, my very wise professor shared some advice with my class. He promised us that our journey to proficiency would be long and arduous, and that it would be many years (I believe the word decade was...