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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.

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

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

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

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

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The tannery in Fez. Smelled terrible.

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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

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  • 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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