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So you Wanna Marry a Moroccan Man

So you Wanna Marry a Moroccan Man?

One of the most often read and commented posts on my website is about assumptions people make when you tell them you married an Arab. I tend to let the comments section just roll as people share their own stories and experiences. Some are good, some are bad. When I wrote that post I really wanted to share some of the crazy, and sometimes rude stereotypes people had and felt no need to censor, sharing them openly with me. I am really blessed that my husband and my marriage has largely defied those stereotypes. I know many other women (and…

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Why You Should Visit an Islamic Country in 2015

For many people the thought of visiting an Islamic country is met with fear and apprehension. If you’ve never been before you might be unsure how to dress or act. You may be fearful based on news reports. It can seem overwhelming and intimidating. But, one of the best ways to get past these feelings is to simply GO! I write regularly about Morocco so I asked some other blogging friends to provide their insight on travel in other Islamic countries. You might be surprised to discover these countries and why they make excellent destinations to visit. One of the…

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How To Use the Moroccan Hammam

Maybe you’ve heard of it, and maybe not. The Moroccan hammam is one of the most widely loved and yet puzzling experiences for people who have never visited or Morocco nor had the opportunity to try a hammam. Many “must do in Morocco” lists include take a hammam but just what does that mean and why is it such a revered tradition? It’s hard to imagine but not so long ago it was very uncommon for people to have their own shower or bath in their homes. I can remember my grandparents telling stories about taking a bath in a…

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20 Morocco Inspired Gift Ideas

Tomorrow is the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. For those of you who don’t know, “Black Friday” as it’s called happens the day following Thanksgiving and is considered the start of the Christmas shopping season. Many people wake up at obscenely early hours to go shopping for the “best” deals. I always preferred to do my shopping from the comfort of my couch. If you’re like me and want to bring a touch of Morocco home for Christmas, or just because here are some Moroccan inspired pieces to add to your shopping list. For the…

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Spending Christmas in Morocco

Morocco isn’t the first place that pops into mind when the idea of a “Christmas” destination comes up. When we moved here, I really mourned the loss of the holiday as it held strong memories and sentiments. Growing up it was a religious holiday in our home, but as I got older became more secular. Still today after being a Muslim for the better part of ten years, I smile when I remember candlelight Christmas Eve church services, the scent of pine, and of course delicious food. I can say MarocBaba loved the holiday just as much as anyone else.…

Marrakech on a Budget

10 Things to do in Marrakech on a Budget

If you think that you need to spend a fortune to enjoy Marrakech, think again! Sure there are plenty of places where you can drop hundreds of euros a night for a room and eat extravagant “Moroccan” meals, but you certainly don’t have to! With dozens of flights from Europe arriving everyday Marrakech is a cheap holiday and inexpensive weekend break. Once you’ve got your flight and hotel squared away don’t worry about breaking the bank, instead save your money while still enjoying all that Marrakech has to offer! 1. Visit the Alternative Gardens Sure, the Majorelle Gardens are beautiful but they…

Souvenirs from Morocco

Top Souvenirs to Take Home from Morocco

Today I’m tackling an important subject you’ve probably asked yourself while planning a visit to Morocco…what should I buy? It’s true we have some amazing shopping but don’t worry if shopping isn’t for you. There’s plenty to do and see that doesn’t involve buying anything. Back to the issue at hand! You’re coming to Morocco and you want to know what to get. Depending on where your visit to Morocco takes you will alter what you should bring home for souvenirs. While it’s true you can get most anything, anywhere there are different cities and regions that produce specific goods.…

Moroccan Art for Kids and Adults

Moroccan Art for Kids {and Adults too!}

Morocco has a long history of inspiring artists, writers, and other creatives. I’d be lying if I told you I personally am not constantly inspired by the colors, scenery, and people of this country. Some of my best writing and artwork happens when I’m on a rooftop overlooking the city or countryside. The mid-20th century brought dozens of writers to the country, while decades before it was artists who came to capture the images on canvas. One thing that most artists have in common is their depictions and themes that resonate through all of the work. Color Pattern Abstract (mostly)…