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Off the Beaten Path – Pipestone National Monument

I think there are two kinds of travelers in the world – those that make a plan and stick to it and those who are willing to wander and make the plan up as they go. One of my summer adventures was a roadtrip with my friend Julie of Wisconsin Parent.  I’m sure we get along so well because we have pretty similar likes and dislikes. We also are pretty laid back and tend to “go with the flow.” Our scheduled trip was taken to do some exploring without our kids (as we both travel frequently with our children), and have a good time. Mankato, Minnesota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota were our two destinations. We’d never been to either place, but had some support from the local tourism offices to experience both. Little did we know, along the way we’d have some fun adventures too! Driving between Mankato and Sioux Falls we decided to go off the interstate in order …

Amanda MouttakiOff the Beaten Path – Pipestone National Monument
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Back to School for Global Kids

Has summer flown by for you? It sure has for me! Between traveling, spending time with family and taking part in lots of events time has run it’s course. In a little over a week we’ll be back on an airplane home to Morocco. Because we’ve been so busy I haven’t had much time to go shopping and stock up on the things we’d like to take back. One big priority was to get the boys some new clothes for school, especially long sleeve and warmer clothing. The selection of these types of things in Morocco is limited, and while they don’t need too many warm things in Morocco, they sure need it when we travel out of Morocco in wintertime. Thanks to my friends at Tea Collection my boys were each able to pick out five new things for their wardrobes. I love their themed clothing. Previously Tea featured Moroccan inspired items, their selections for fall are German themed. I let …

Amanda MouttakiBack to School for Global Kids
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Midweek Minneapolis Getaway with IHG Rewards Club

I’ve always felt incredibly fortunate that we’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world with our family. However, in doing so I’ve often neglected to explore the areas that we called home. While we have wasted no time traveling around Morocco it wasn’t until this summer that I really spent time close to the areas where I grew up. Whether it was camping in Upper Michigan, a ladies trip through the Midwest or this midweek getaway to Minneapolis, we have had lots of adventures! With the help of IHG’s Rewards Club my mom and I took the boys to Minneapolis for a 3 day, 2 night getaway. We’ve been to the Twin Cities many times but often for single day events and then immediately returned home. This trip we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express near the Minneapolis airport and Mall of America. Using rewards points from IHG, I was able to easily book our stay. Signing up …

Amanda MouttakiMidweek Minneapolis Getaway with IHG Rewards Club
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Camping in Upper Michigan

Can it be possible that our summer in the United States is almost over? The boys and  I have been spending lots of time with friends and family as well as on the road traveling and visiting places near and far. When I first booked our tickets I thought seven weeks might be too long, but what we’ve seen is it’s barely scratching the surface. It’s been quiet here, I’ve simply found it hard to work while balancing everything else, but the good news is there are lots of posts coming where I’ll be sharing the fun that we’ve had. One of the first things we did after arriving was to go camping. I didn’t grow up camping, in fact I’ve really only gone a handful of times but my kids love it and my dad has a camper so we’re not stuck in a tent! I didn’t have to do much to make this trip happen other than show …

Amanda MouttakiCamping in Upper Michigan

Secret Son: Moroccan Literature in Review

Do you remember what the first book you read in translation was? I’ve always been drawn to books that were originally published in other languages, or that have loose use of multiple languages in the text. As a part of Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Reading Series bloggers from around the world are sharing their book reviews of multicultural (and sometimes multilingual too) books for kids of all ages. Mondays are for ages 5 and under, Wednesdays for children 6-10, and Fridays for tweens and older. You can also see all of the recommendations on our Summer Reading Pinterest Board. So, since it’s Friday you’ve guessed correctly that this book review is for tweens or older children. The book that I’ve chosen is Secret Son by Laila Lalami. Lalami is a Moroccan author however this book was written in English from the beginning instead of Moroccan Arabic (Darija) or French. It is almost impossible to find any …

Amanda MouttakiSecret Son: Moroccan Literature in Review

Should I Worry about Ebola in Morocco?

For months we’ve been watching the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. I think the first mention was in February and while reports have ebbed and flowed,we have of course kept it on our radar. Just last week I noticed mention of it on the American news when one of the patients from West Africa was being transferred to the United States. I’ve gotten a few questions from people about whether or not they should be considered about this when visiting Morocco. The simple answer is no.  But there is a need to at least keep your radar up. There is a daily flight to Casablanca from Conkary, Guinea and Moroccan airport officials have stated they have (for the good or bad)  increased security and screenings on these flights entering the country. Officials in the airports of affected countries are also screening passengers leaving for signs of ebola. The other potential concern is that in Morocco there is a migrant …

Amanda MouttakiShould I Worry about Ebola in Morocco?