Drum Making in Fez with Kids

Making Moroccan Drums in Fez, Morocco

On our long weekend in Fez, I set out to find things that our boys would enjoy doing. I know my kids (and husband for that matter) well enough to know that dragging them up and the streets of Fez shopping was not going to be enjoyable. While I am enjoying decorating and designing our apartment, I also didn’t want to spend my days shopping. There are a lot of museums and historical sites in Fez, it’s really a very fun place and I’ll write a post just on that too. But, this post is all about the drums. There…

Moroccos Dades Valley and Todra Gorge

Touring the Todra Gorge and Dades Valley

Some people say there are two different Morocco’s – the rural and the urban. But, I think there are many, many more. For a small country (remember Morocco is only the size of the US state of California) the geographic differences are sometimes overwhelming. The country is divided by mountain ranges, deserts, forests, and some waterways. These natural borders make the differences even more glaring. Traveling from Marrakech to the Sahara, over the High Atlas mountains we knew that there would be several stops along the way. I had visited the Sahara in the southern Morocco but we were headed…

Homemade Sea Salt Soft Pretzels

Homemade Sea Salt Soft Pretzels

Last week K casually came to me and asked, “Mom, can you make some Lego marshmallows, please?” Lego marshmallows? What are those?  I promised him that I would look online to see if such a thing even exists. (A friend later told me that yes, they do exist and can be found on YouTube.) But we got busy with our trip to Fez and the marshmallows never happened. But, he didn’t forget. Monday he asked for soft pretzels with cheese sauce. You probably won’t be surprised to find out neither of these exist in Morocco so I had to make…

How to Afford a Global Lfestyle

How Can You Afford a Global Lifestyle? 10 Bloggers Share Their Story.

Sadly, this post I shared many months ago mysteriously disappeared from my blog. After some digging I was able to recover the original text and am republishing this post so many found helpful. There is an assumption that in order to travel the world you must be independently wealthy or have really good connections. The truth is neither of these things is true.  Having a global lifestyle is a choice (in most cases) that families and individuals make. Some people choose to have a large home in the suburbs with all the “nice things” in life, while others opt for…

Chicken Korma Pizza

Chicken Korma Pizza

 Cheese. I really miss delicious, melty, gooey, cheesy goodness. The kind that tops pizza or a casserole. Enough to get a big bite and taste the salty, creamy goodness. When you order a pizza in Morocco it’s got just barely enough cheese on top to be recognizable and a really good mozzerella is hard to come by. Cheese isn’t eaten that much here and who knew this girl from the Dairy State would miss cheese so much? You can find some varieties to be sure. It’s mostly imported from Europe. I’ve had brie, gouda, and Emmentaler cheese. Some good jibli,…

Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Tackling Morocco’s Movie Set at Ait Ben Haddou

 What’s your favorite set-in-the-“desert” movie?   Prince of Persia?   The Wind and The Lion? (yea I didn’t know this one either)    Gladiator?    Lawrence of Arabia? Chances are good that it was in part filmed in Morocco, and more specifically Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient city en route to the Sahara Desert. More than fifteen Hollywood movies have been filmed here and portions of the hit show Game of Thrones also take place in the fortification. This is an old city, but only a handful of families live here today. Instead they have built modern homes on the…

Cheddar Garlic Goat Cheese - its

Cheddar Garlic Goat Cheese-Its

Here’s the funny thing about recipe writing for me lately. I learned how to cook using American measurements. I had very little contact with the metric system before moving here. 50 grams of butter, what? What is that? I had absolutely no way to visualize what metric measurements equaled. I still couldn’t tell you when I’ve driven a kilometer but certainly know how far a mile is. It’s one of those things that you just don’t think a lot before you move to a new country. I take that back, I did think about it a little so I made…

What to Eat and What to Avoid in Marrakech

What to Eat and What to Avoid in Marrakech

{UPDATED} Living in a city that gets more than double the number of tourists as residents yearly, there’s a big industry that caters to tourists. It makes sense. Whenever we’re out we see hundreds of them walking, eating, and enjoying the city. But, sometimes – ok lots of times – we cringe when we see what they’re buying and eating. This post isn’t meant to say the people here who sell somewhat sketchy edibles are bad people, no they’re not. Nor, is it to scare tourists visiting – don’t be. But after saying too many times in my head “oh,…