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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