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Mary Judge

Tuesday 19th of September 2023

Hello, all this is great info so fantastic thank you. My artist friends and I moved our trip from south Morocco to the north, we want to rug shop but where would you suggest in Tangier or Fez? OK: co-operative. Anou? do you believe their story? they show the pie chart for the % the women make. They have a shop in Fez. Thank you so much! we are traveling last 2 weeks of October. best regards, Mary

Amanda Mouttaki

Sunday 24th of September 2023

Anou is 100% legitimate and I do support them. Have a great trip!


Saturday 8th of July 2023

i love the different ras el hanout spice mixes i've tried in the usa, but what is the bittering spice? i love the sweet, aromatic complexity up front, but the finishing bitter note? which spice is bringing that? thanks in advance,

Amanda Mouttaki

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

It's really impossible to know. Every ras al hanout blend is different. It's based off of whatever that shop keeper has as their own signature blend. It could be mace?

Tracy Shields

Saturday 10th of June 2023

Hello Amanda! I’m finally heading back to Morocco after a long hiatus. I follow your blog and have read everything! I’ll be in Marrakesh and Merzouga and just want to know if masks are still being worn in shops and restaurants. Thank you!

Amanda Mouttaki

Sunday 11th of June 2023

Hi Tracy - no. Masks are not worn really at all.

Telly Gabriel

Wednesday 5th of April 2023

Hello Amanda,

Thanks for your information on Semana Santa in Seville. I am planning to go and experience it next year there 2024. I have been to Spain 3X but never to Seville nor Cordoba. I usually custom-design all my trips how I want to roll it. I'm a world traveler with a penchant for the exotics, places not on most peoples' radars. I've been there and loved all of it. While Spain is not exotic, experiencing Semana Santa would be awesome.

I would like to still see the important sites of Seville during the Semana Santa week so I'm wondering if it's easy enough to get in & out of the city. I still want to be able to see the pasos & procession from a balcony or rooftop. A luxury hotel with ability to view the processions (preferably a balcony) but not necessarily in the thick of the crowd close to the Cathedral. Are all the important sites open during the week? Are all the tapas & restaurants open too? I read somewhere that restos are closed on Holy Week there.

Would appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you very much.

I am an American but a citizen of the world! And yes, one of my most memorable trip was to Morocco with 12 friends. I always recommend to my friends to visit Morocco. It's a gem!


Amanda Mouttaki

Sunday 9th of April 2023

Most things were open however expect massive crowds. That was the biggest thing. It's a very fun environment with lots of people, lots of places that are open. The historical sites may have more adjusted times so you'd just need to have a little bit of a plan if there were things you really didn't want to miss.


Sunday 19th of March 2023

Hi Amanda. I just have a quick question for you regarding the 90-day maximum stay for the tourist visa for Americans: Does that reset when you leave the country AND will the Moroccan authorities question you if you do it multiple times in one year? My job allows me to work from a distance; I know that I will have to return to the states 3-4 times in a year. I was thinking of this method rather than get a "carte d'immatriculation." Thanks in advance.

Amanda Mouttaki

Tuesday 21st of March 2023

Officially, you're allowed 180 days out of the year. Unofficially many many people go in and out regularly. You may not be eligible for a residency card (as there are only certain categories) so this might be the only way to do it if you plan to go back and forth.