Marrakech to Fez, a Moroccan essay

Marrakech to Fez, a Moroccan essay

Today marks one month outside the United States. Many find it ironic that a search for freedom would require leaving a country that, among its many mottos, claims to fight to secure ‘our freedoms.’ This is my first morning in Marrakech. It’s a city stretching out as if to infinity; being in the center – the medina – is like standing at the entrance of an ant colony. I imagine an ant becoming self-aware and…

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Overstimulation in Marrakech

Overstimulation in Marrakech

I couldn’t suppress my excitement wandering the labyrinth of Marrakech. I heard so many mixed review about the place, I wasn’t sure what I was in for… After one of those exhausting flights where you have to fight the urge to turn around and scold the person sitting behind you, where you have to practice patience and understanding, I was ready to experience the mysteries of Marrakech. Anything had to be better than that 3 hour…

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Journey to the Sahara

Journey to the Sahara

I have been traveling Morocco for a couple weeks, when I decided I needed a break from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. I wanted to travel deeper, and farther, for a more remote experience. I normally don’t want any part of organized travel, preferring to blaze my own path, but I committed to a 3 day/2 night trip to Merzouga, a small village in southeastern Morocco, near the Algerian border, from where I…

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A Night in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

A Night in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

There are still people who live in caves, in the forests, in the deserts – living as their ancestors did – herding sheep or goats and selling dairy, meat, or livestock at market or in cities and towns when in need of replenishing supplies. They still live simply, away from the electrical grid and the technologies and comforts that come with it; not dependent on oil to power mechanical engines; not from a community built…

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Egyptian Smackdown

Egyptian Smackdown

Egypt was a harsh place to visit, and you can read more about the good, bad, and ugly here. This is not a fun travel tale to tell, and it fuels my blood with anger and hatred every time I think about it, but it was my experience, therefore I will share. We were on an overnight train from Cairo to Luxor. The train car we were in was basic, with no sleeping space, and enough for 6 people…

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Life in Egypt

Life in Egypt

Beware of Egypt. It’s full of tasty swaramas and delicious scams, fruity aromas of street-side hookahs, and a nose clogging combination of sand and smog. The streets are busy and the subways crowded. Pedestrians side step, dodge, and hurdle food stands, electronic shops, and sweater peddlers as they weave and waltz with each other. We were lost in Egypt, but there was never anything that needed to be found. Everything was everywhere only in greater…

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Among the Ruins of Luxor, Egypt

Among the Ruins of Luxor, Egypt

Luxor, the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, lies on the banks of the river Nile, where the temples of Luxor and Karnak reside. The Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens brings thousands of tourists to the city every year; a place of legend and the stories of mummies of old. The city is far from modern, and as a foreigner you stick out like a sore thumb. The…

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Nuweiba, on the Red Sea

Nuweiba, on the Red Sea

We arrived in Egypt by ferry from Aqaba, Jordan. The ride was smooth, though longer than you would expect given the short distance across the sea. We got our visa on the border for $10, received a sticker in our passport, and walked to the main road in search of a bus. Pickup trucks were buzzing like vultures, the drivers hanging out of their windows and informing us that the buses stopped working just ten…

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