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My Muslim Christmas Story
When I became a Muslim 10 years ago there was no doubt in my mind that Christmas would still be a part of our lives. For me it was one of the most magical parts of childhood. Long before I was an adult worrying about budgets and gifts and... Read more
Korean Barbecue Stir Fry with Barley
Yesterday was officially the first day of winter but winter is an elusive thing here in Morocco. There are so many things I forgot about that I had a little bit of “winter shock” when we were in Germany last weekend. In Marrakech we’re blessed to still have long... Read more
The BEST Food Tours in the World
Food tours are my favorite way to experience a destination. Whenever we are going somewhere new the first thing I look for is a food tour. This is also how we came up with the idea to start our own food tour in Marrakech. If you have never taken... Read more
Marrakech: 2030 – A Future Vision of Sustainability
I first came to Marrakech in 2004 and the city then compared to the city now, were very different things. It had been five years since King Mohamed VI had come to power and he was just settling in, the people were adjusting to a new status quo and in... Read more
Sicilian Citrus Shark Filets for the Feast of the Seven Fishes
Have you heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes? In Southern Italian and Italian American homes on Christmas Eve a meal of seven fish (and seafood) dishes is served. Roman Catholics used to (and some still do) on specific days of the week and holy days. Christmas Eve is... Read more
17 Books that Inspire Travel
Many people have asked me how an American girl from the rural Midwestern United States ended up traveling the world and calling Morocco home. I have just one answer. Books! I began reading before I was in kindergarten and today you’ll still find me with shelves full of books... Read more
Digging Deep into the Mountains of Mythical Peloponnese
Our recent trip to Greece concluded with a few days in the Peloponnese region. It’s the part of Greece that hangs off the bottom and looks like an octopus. I had been here over 15 years ago but had only visited the ancient city of Mycenae so was excited... Read more
The Pink Beach of Crete – a Perfect Spot for Families
I started doing a little bit of research about Crete on my way there. I had an overnight layover in Oslo (yes Norway…long story), and as I shivered in the terminal images of a gorgeous pink beach kept popping up. Whaaat?  A beach with pink sand? I’ve heard of... Read more