How it all started: Final stop!

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From the second I stepped off the bus, I loved the energy and madness of Marrakech. Overstuffed taxis, scooters, donkeys, people everywhere.  I couldn’t get enough. That said, I didn’t think I would end up living here. You see I spent five days here.  I wanted to get a feel for the city and wasn’t too … Continue reading

How it all started: Day 12 and 13

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I knew as soon as I arrived that I would love it here. My second last stop. A stay at the coast. Beach days were coming. I had heard about the music scene. And the laid-back ambiance attracted me. The place: Essaouira. Yet despite spending far too much time on the beach and suffering from … Continue reading

How it all started: Day 10 and 11

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After breakfast with a view, we left southern Morocco behind and made our way to the Atlas Mountains. And that involved crossing the Tizi n Tichka Pass. For those who may suffer from motion sickness, this is certainly going to be a difficult journey, and I highly recommend travelling with a private driver for safety … Continue reading

How it all started: Day nine

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My love for southern Morocco continued as we passed through the route des kasbahs, stopping at a local market and the arriving at our destination of Ait Ben Haddou.   Having traveled to this region on a few occasions, it still remains one of my favourite areas to visit. The local fashion, textiles, hospitality, food, … Continue reading

How it all started: Day eight

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On day eight my friends and I woke early to hike through the Todra Gorge and up into the mountains to have tea with a nomadic family. The mother spun yarn, the little boy played with the baby goats, and the father told us stories of his other children who spend the summers in the mountains … Continue reading

How it all started: Day seven

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Another day of travelling and witnessing daily life from the outside. Another day of loving the landscapes. And the architecture built from natural soils and local materials. Another day of gaining insight in to the Berber culture at a local museum and our guide. Enjoying the fabulous Gnaoua music selection provided by our guide. I … Continue reading

How it all started: Day six

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Having decided I was definitely coming back, on day six I just sat back and enjoyed the views while listening to fabulous Gnaoua music.  From the Middle Atlas in mini-bus to an oasis in the Sahara Desert, accessed by camel. Quite simply, heavenly!

How it all started: Day five

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A day that changed my outlook. Until this day, I didn’t really like children. I found them annoying. I hated seeing them in cafes while I was trying to enjoy a quiet coffee with a friend. And don’t even think about taking them to restaurants, that was a space for adults only.  I disagree with enrolling … Continue reading

How it all started: Day Four

Fes Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

This was the day I decided I was going to come back to Morocco. At least for awhile.  I saw Morocco as a place where I could spend five months. A place to learn French. Then return to Canada and get a job in the government. The good friends I met while travelling were encouraging … Continue reading

How it all started: Meknes + Volubilis

Meknes Morocco Copyright Mandy Sinclair

By the third day of my tour Morocco I was really letting go. Letting go of my work stress, relationship stress and other worries I had in Canada. And was able to appreciated the architecture and history of the imperial city of Meknes before heading out to the ruins of Volubilis.   You see, Meknes was … Continue reading