Posts Tagged‘morocco’

Defining {Home} When You’re an Expat

finding home when you're an expat

“Home is not where you live, but where they understand you” ~ Christian Morganstern quotes “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~ Matsuo Basho I’ve been grappling with the concept of home from the moment I stepped on the plane earlier this month. When people ask, “where are you going?” Do I say, “Oh, we’re going home!” But are we really going home? After a few days at my mom’s house MarocBaba asked how it was and I definitively told him, “this doesn’t feel like home anymore.” Then last weekend as we stayed near where…

5 Tips for Flying Europe’s Low Cost Carriers

5 tips for flying Europe's Low Cost Carriers

  It used to be the best way to travel around Europe was on the large train network that crisscrosses the continent. This network still exists and is in operation, in fact there are plenty of high speed trains that can take you from London to Rome or Prague quicker than you might think. But, there’s also a new kid on the block and that’s the discount airlines who are taking over European skies. Sure, the major national carriers are still in existent and offer you more with your ticket than just a guarantee to get from point A to point…

Month 9 in Marrakech: The Update

You’ve been seeing a little less of me here, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping busy! I’m so happy to share our Marrakech Food Tour has been seeing success and I find myself engaging in the day to day dealings of running a business, while balancing my freelance projects, and other client work. I’m now looking forward to spending a week in Portugal with MarocBaba, followed by a week in northern Spain with my best friend before packing up the kidlets for a summer in the US that is packed with fun and travel. A full plate? Yes,…

Making Friends in Morocco

Making Friends in Morocco

Making friends has never been easy for me. As a young child the friends I had in preschool were largely the same people that complete high school with me. That’s how it is when you live in a small town. When I left the comforts of my hometown, I started to struggle. I was very self conscious and while outspoken in general, when it came to making any serious friendships I struggled. I can say now I really felt that no one would want to seriously be friends with “the fat girl“. I always sat or stood in a way…

Handling Medical Emergencies and Healthcare in Morocco

Illness in Morocco

What’s your worst travel fear? For most people it’s getting sick or having a medical emergency far from home. But, when you choose to make your home in a foreign country understanding and using the medical care system can be even more intimidating and frightening. In October of last year I had a medical situation that had me returning to the United States for surgery. We had only been in Morocco for a month when I started getting sick. After arguing about going to the doctor for weeks, MarocBaba finally took me in – and we discovered I had a…

Touring Fez, Morocco with Kids

Drum Painting in Fez 2

This is the last post in my series on our visit to Fez, Morocco with our kids. We spent 4 days in northern Morocco last month, driving from Marrakech. When we were visiting, a spent several hours one afternoon sitting on the roof of Riad Anata, writing and capturing my thoughts on our visit. I had been to Fez 10 years earlier, before MarocBaba, before kids – it was the first Moroccan city I had seen. Experiencing it now was decidedly different. It was as if I had never been there before. Maybe it’s because memories fade, or maybe I’ve…

Introductions and Useful Expressions in Moroccan Arabic (Darija)

Introductions and Useful Expressions in Moroccan Arabic Darija

I’ve had a lot of people ask over the years for resources to learn Arabic, and specifically Moroccan Arabic. There’s not a lot out there and honestly the best way I’ve learned has been to live here. I know that’s not a reality for everyone. You can check out my Language Resources page for some ideas. I also plan to do a weekly “Dose of Darija”.  At first I thought I’d do this everyday for a week then decided it’s probably better to spread them out. I’m going to start in the beginning and work my way through different lessons.…

Staying in a Riad with Kids; Riad Anata, Fez

Staying in a Riad with Kids

Having visited Marrakech for the better part of 10 years I’m very familiar with the different room options for visitors. One of the most popular here and in Fez is to stay in a riad. I’ve had the good fortune of visiting and staying in several and overall think they are the most wonderful way to experience Morocco. What is a riad? In Morocco, the term refers to a traditional home or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. The first signs of riads in Morocco can be dated as far back as the Roman empire (2nd century AD) and…