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You’re in Fez … spend a little money on a Riad

Hotels are a dime a dozen and offer conditions that are officially ranked, reviewed, regurgitated and inevitably catalogued. If in Fez/Marrakech/Essaouira, try staying a Riad. The definition of a Riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden. But they are so much more than that. The riads are inwardly focused, which allows for family privacy and …

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More Moroccan culinary artistry, smelly tanneries and Fassian Carpetbaggers

Walking through Fez is like watching an old movie from my childhood. I remember the biblical epics starring Charlton Heston, Kirk Douglas and Lawrence Olivier, with the backgrounds of tiny streets, tons of busy people, laughing children, layered aromas of manure, kafta kebabs, mer and incense complete with donkeys wandering around. Well walking today was no different from those scenes, except that the donkeys are carrying LPG …

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Arabian … ahem … Moroccan nights in Fez

There is a reason that cliches are called cliches. Typically, all the guide books mention that you should not make friends on the trains, because you’re likely to meet a smooth talking Moroccan on the trains claiming to be very well to do, with a good job. They get into easy conversation with you about your job, family, the country …

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Stuck in Tangiers for now …

It’s been three hours that I’ve been stuck in Tangerville train station, but everyone has been really nice to me so far, especially since I saw 4 Americans asking questions and getting the complete cold shoulder from everyone. The first question everyone has asked me, “Where are you from?” … upon the reply of Trinidad … the quizzical looks start. …

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My first time with real Moroccan food …

I’ve had Moroccan food before and I wasn’t really a fan of it. It’s like my opinion on Ethiopian food, I can eat it but it wouldn’t be my first choice unless I was having it at my friend Beth’s house, since she is an amazing cook. Something about Injera doesn’t sit well with my Trinidadian palate … roti or …

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Morocco, you and I need to have a talk …

Traveling without any set plan or itinerary comes with its inherent challenges: Constantly changing places to sleep Constantly being on a bus/train/plane Not knowing where you will be in a week Gambling that last minute fares and hotels can be negotiated on the fly Figuring out if there are ghosts in your room Dealing with people in your hostel who snore louder than …

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