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When The Unknown Or Unusual Becomes The Norm

I’m continuing to share posts about travelers “first” experiences in an Islamic country as a follow-up to my post on why you should visit an Islamic country in 2015. This post is from Heidi of the blog Wagoners Abroad. Heidi and her husband Alan are passionate about travel (50+ countries) and both author the popular blog.  In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”.  They quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Southern Spain, with their 2 kids (Lars and Anya).  After nearly 2 years in Spain, they became nomadic and explored Southeast Asia for 11 months.  They have…

My First Time: Morocco

Today I am sharing a guest post from Farrah Ritter of the blog The Three Under and an American expat living in the Netherlands. Farrah and I met online and had the chance to meet in person last fall in Athens. She got in touch with me when she started planning a girl’s getaway to Morocco. Her visit and reflections encouraged me to start sharing the stories of people who have visited Islamic countries for the first time, and how that experience challenged what they had previously thought. Enjoy! Like many Americans, I grew up with opinions of Arabic cultures…

HAMMAM

Guest Post: My First Hammam Experience

In an effort to showcase Islamic countries I wrote a post this year called Why You Should Visit an Islamic Country in 2015. I’ve asked several bloggers and friends to share their “firsts.” Whether it was their first time to a majority Muslim country or a meal they’ve cooked from a Muslim country, whatever resonated and spoke to them outside the mass media image of Islam. Today’s guest post comes from Diana Limongi Gabriele who writes at Ladydeelg. Enjoy! The first time I had a hammam experience was  when I was an English teacher in France. I spent two weeks…

The Untold Taxi Tale of Marrakech

The Untold Taxi Tale of Marrakech

Today’s guest post is from Jessica a blogger at Young Rubbish, who contacted me after reading several of my posts and asked if I would be interested in her sharing her story about Marrakech. Of course I said yes! I had no idea what was coming, and part of me assumed it would be the flowery, romantic story that usually gets told about magical Marrakech. When this story landed in my inbox I was instantly touched. This story, could be my story. Jessica conveys so many of the most sentimental feelings I hold about Morocco. The moments are there, you…

{Guest Post} Caity from Where the Heart Is

There are thousands of American expats around the world and I love sharing their stories! Caity studied in London during university and has decided to take the plunge and become a full-time expat. If you’re thinking about making the move or you’re already an expat, her post shines light into the desire to do it and the sometimes difficult things you may have to hear when you go public with your dream. It’s a tough road, when everything you want is a worlds away.  And I mean this literally – my dreams were on the other side of the world.…

Dar Zitoun fountain

{Guest Post} Dar Zitoun, Azemmour

When I check my email I often am wading through dozens of junk emails. Then sometimes in the midst of a massive deleting spree I find one that catches my attention, and I’m never sure if it’s real, or if it’s an email from someone posing as someone else. That’s the story of this post. I woke up and scrolled through the emails in my phone that came in overnight (I know what a bad habit!) and I saw “Kitty Morse” in the subject line. “No,” I thought, “that’s not really an email from Kitty Morse contacting me,” and I…

Great African Safari Kenya

Great African Adventure: Kenya

As soon as I began to tell people we were moving to Morocco, a country in North Africa, I was almost immediately asked about various wildlife; lions, elephants, tigers etc. Most people were surprised to discover Morocco has none of these. This wasn’t “Africa” to them.  There is a very singular understanding in the US of what constitutes Africa, and that it somehow is a very large monolith.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. Did you know the area of the continental United States would fit 3 times into the continent of Africa? Just imagine how diverse the US…

Zambia Image

Great African Tour: Zambia

As soon as I began to tell people we were moving to Morocco, a country in North Africa, I was almost immediately asked about various wildlife; lions, elephants, tigers etc. Most people were surprised to discover Morocco has none of these. This wasn’t “Africa” to them.  There is a very singular understanding in the US of what constitutes Africa, and that it somehow is a very large monolith.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. Did you know the area of the continental United States would fit 3 times into the continent of Africa? Just imagine how diverse the US…