Riad Romm'an Marrakech

Rejuvenating at Riad Romm’an

“Mama, can this be our house?!” both of my kids exclaimed after walking into Riad Romm’an one evening. If only! It had been a trying few weeks, we’d returned from the United States to find a house full of our extended family. There was always lots of noise and commotion and so when I told them we’d be slipping away for the night to sleep in a riad they were over the moon. You don’t often play tourist in your own city, but with so many people asking me where they should stay for their visit to Marrakech I realized…

Eating in Morocco with Allergies

Eating in Morocco with Food Allergies

One of the most frequent questions I get in my inbox relates to food allergies and visiting Morocco. This is something we were very worried about before our move. Our youngest son has an allergy to cucumbers and MarocBaba was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago. If you’re visiting or moving it’s important to know what you’ll be up against. Education In large cities, tourism is a major industry. People are aware of the needs of travelers and varied diets. While 10 years ago someone who said they were a vegetarian would be met with glazed over eyes,…

October is Morocco month

Morocco Month is Here!

During the summer I decided that I would dedicate a whole month to posts just about Morocco. Of course you’ve seen several posts since we’ve moved here on the topic but not as many as I would like. It took me awhile to settle in and while I was busy trying to figure out what the heck we were doing here I couldn’t really think of a lot of information that would benefit other people. Thanks to lots of email questions, Facebook comments, and interaction with other people I think I’ve got a good idea of what is needed/wanted. During…

SRF Freezer Cooking

Preparing for Eid: Freezer Cooking with Simmer Sauces

All across the city people are making preparations for Eid, including our family. The sheep have started to find their way into city markets, small stalls are popping up to sell charcoal and bundles of straw for the sheep. There are plenty of advertisements marking the holiday, new clothes for sale, and people looking to gather the last little bit of money to go towards their sheep purchase. (Note: if you’re visiting Morocco right now, bargain hard! Most vendors want to make a sale, any sale right before this holiday.) Eid in Morocco is very different than Eid in the US…

Science Museum of Minnesota

Meet the Midwest: Minnesotas’ Not to Miss Science Museum

During our summer in the United States we took a trip to Minneapolis for a few days. When we lived closer we’d regularly make day trips for special groceries at the Middle Eastern markets or shopping but we rarely spent time exploring other attractions. I can’t remember who first told me about the Science Museum of Minnesota but I am so glad they did! We had the chance to not only view the main exhibits but also the dinosaur and fossil section.  Our admission tickets let us into the dinosaur exhibit first. The kids each got a paper to take through…

Outdoor University Sioux Falls

Meet the Midwest: Eating and Art in Sioux Falls, SD

When I told people I was going to Sioux Falls, SD on vacation this summer they scratched their heads. South Dakota? For a vacation? It was part of a grand road trip I took with my friend Julie and what a trip it was! This will be my last post on this trip but I can honestly say who you’re with is just as important as where you go. It was only a few days but we shared lots of laughs, good food, and really fun experiences. After we left Mankato, MN we decided that instead of taking the highway to…

Nassau: the bad boy of the Bahamas?

Nassau, The Bad Boy of the Bahamas?

Last month, I took my mom on a Caribbean cruise. I wanted to do something with just the two of us and figured she could use a week of relaxing in the sun. We’re pretty good travel companions. There were plenty of naps, lying around on beach chairs and relaxing. We didn’t do everything – or see everything there was to see. Our ship stopped at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau, Bahamas and that was enough. It was very different from the previous cruise I had taken with MarocBaba and the boys for…

Adventure Sports in Essaouira

Adventure Sports in Essaouira

One of our favorite places in Morocco is the seaside city of Essaouira. It’s less than two hour drive from Marrakech but it feels like a world away. The first time I visited, was right after MarocBaba and I were engaged, and we’ve gone regularly ever since. Ask my kids their favorite city in Morocco and Essaouira is likely to be what they say. But why? The city is a great combination of laid back lifestyle, lots of activities to keep people of all ages busy, and delicious food. After spending days in the bustling souks of Marrakech, walking through…