Riad Renovation in Morocco

Riad Renovation in Morocco

Sometimes, when traveling, I find myself in unexpected places. One day in Morocco, Marybeth and I ended up at construction site. It had begun at our riad that morning. The owner had introduced himself, then proceeded to plan our day for us and insist on activities he found most fitting. These mostly included spending the…

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The Reality of a Camel Trek into the Sahara

The Reality of a Camel Trek into the Sahara

You know those pictures like the one above where you see your friends or perhaps an unliked acquaintance on Facebook camel trekking in a distant country? It always looks super badass and exotic. Well, here’s the thing, it’s not all that hardcore. It’s similar to ranch tours in Montana. In Montana, there’s always a majority of…

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Rocking the Kasbah

Rocking the Kasbah

Last night, we stayed in a 300-year old Kasbah… with wi-fi. It was an odd but wonderful mixture of old and new. A Kasbah is an adobe-type structure that is square. The rooms are all on the outside of the square and the center is reserved for the courtyard. The one we stayed at was…

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Aït Benhaddou

Aït Benhaddou

Aït Benhaddou is a village on the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. If it looks familiar, you’ve probably seen in it on TV on A LOT.  It’s been in tons of movies ranging from Laurence of Arabia to Gladiator, The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven, and more recently, season 3 of Game of…

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Is Morocco Safe?

Is Morocco Safe?

I read a lot about visiting Morocco while I planned this trip. Many of the blogs discussed safety and being hassled in markets.  Marrakesh itself did not get glowing reviews. I thought I was prepared. It turns out, I should have taken what I read with a grain of salt. We landed in Marrakesh after…

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Brief Stop in London

Brief Stop in London

Marybeth hadn’t been to London before so we escaped the airport during our layover for a brief trip.  It was cold and rainy, exactly like you’d expect this time of year. Maybe one day I will travel to London in good weather… But for now, we saw some of the main sights.  Most importantly,  the…

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Sleepy in Seattle

Sleepy in Seattle

I am bouncing between Portland, Montana and Seattle like a ping-pong ball. Today, I am in Seattle. At this point, I’m looking forward to the flight across the pond just to sit still for a few hours. Maybe I’ll read.  Maybe I’ll stare at the seat in front of me.  It’s going to be fabulous.…

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