Wandering through… Volubilis

Volubilis is an ancient city that marked the fringe of the Roman empire in North Africa during the first through third centuries. Known to locals as Walili (وليلي), it was also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The town was inhabited for hundreds of years by various groups after the Romans lost control and was eventually abandoned around the eleventh century.

Some of my friends and I took an afternoon to explore the ruins and bask in the sunshine. The expansive, green landscape surrounding it was a sight for sore eyes, especially as ours have become accustomed to the dusty, brown, and rather unappealing sight of our town. We even enjoyed playing “tourists” for the day, a hat these trainees have not worn often throughout our eight (!!!) weeks in country so far. The hat was not worn for long however as, in true Peace Corps fashion, on our way home we opted to forgo a taxi ride and trekked three miles on foot to the local bus stop to save money.

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