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Moroccan Souvenirs

I didn’t buy much in Morocco, mostly because shop-owners were super aggressive, over-charged for everything, and would not leave you alone if you stopped to browse. However, Kevin and I did manage to pick up a few souvenirs, all of which I’m sure we were overcharged for.

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While Morocco is known for its mint tea, I could not bring back fresh mint. Instead, Kevin purchased a blend of dried herbs that make up “Berber tea“.

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Of course, Morocco is known for its argan oil, so I had to pick up a wee bottle. I got it from a dubious women’s co-operative and doubt its authenticity as many places will sell fake argan oil to tourists.

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And finally, my favourite purchase, these lovely ceramics that I picked up in Fez and am so so glad I got home in one piece. They will make excellent snack vessels.

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Morocco via Instagram

I am back from my trip to Morocco! It was quite the experience, and I’m still trying to figure out how to put it into words. For now, here are a few instagrams from the trip.


Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque. The third largest mosque in the world.


The medina in Marrakesh. Step in and get lost instantly.


Ait Benhaddou. An old fortified city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Riding a camel in the Sahara desert. Super touristy, but one of the highlights of the trip.


The tannery in Fez. Smelled terrible.


The beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen. Almost all the buildings, walls, and stairs in the medina are painted blue.

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And a bonus, non-instagram pic of me in the desert.

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Odds and Ends

  • My husband and I have always been surprised, that for a city with so many Jews, Winnipeg does not have good bagels. He has decided to take matters into his own hands and made a pretty decent first batch of Montreal-style bagels.
  • I leave for Morocco in 12 days! I’m so excited to get out of the country and experience a place totally different from home. Wishing¬†I could look forward to a travel experience like this one.
  • Just finished Ann Patchett’s book State of Wonder and love love loved it.
Local bits:
  • Before I leave, I need to remember to vote. It’s exciting that we will be getting a new mayor soon, I just hope we get a good one.
  • The husband and I were super excited that The Tallest Poppy was going to re-open in a new space in West Broadway and tried it out as soon as we could. Unfortunately, it was sort of mediocre. The space is awkward, and the meal was just so-so. I’ll give it a few months before going back and hope that they get their shit sorted out.
  • I’m excited that a new music venue, The Good Will, is opening soon. There hasn’t been a good, small venue since the Lo Pub closed down and I have high hopes for this one.
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Trip Planning: Morocco

My friendly, neighbourhood mosque.

My friendly, neighbourhood mosque.

I am currently in Calgary hanging out with family and friends. It’s been an excellent trip so far, but I am looking forward to going back to Winnipeg and starting my new job.

My husband and I are deep into planning for a trip we’re taking to Morocco in October. We’re both very excited.

Of concern to me right now is what I am going to wear. The weather is suppose to be fairly warm (high 20’s) during the day, but because Morocco is a Muslim country, I should keep my shoulders and knees covered.

I just ordered these two items from the Gap:

  • This dress in dark blue, which I’m hoping covers my needs. (That model is probably tall, right?)
  • These sweat/track pants, which I hope are lightweight; it’s difficult to tell.

Also, is it unreasonable to bring three pairs of shoes for a trip like this? I feel like I need my sandals, Sperry’s, and a running shoe.

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