Author: Sandra

Moroccan Meals: Tea & Tagines

One of our friends, Katrina, is a master of food and she booked us a cooking glass in Marrakesh to learn all about Moroccan cuisine. It didn’t take us too long to get to know the staple dishes in Moroccan cuisine, but this class was a great introduction. And it was also, by chance, the fanciest cooking class we’ve ever attended. Case and point: TV screens, a kitchen full of chefs, and beautiful grounds full of fresh herb and veggie gardens!   Bread Galore Bread is a staple component to every Moroccan meal. It seems you cannot sit down...

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Chefchaouen: Morocco’s Blue City

On the theme of Morocco’s varied topography, we entered a Switzerland-esque region in Northern Morocco┬áin the Rif mountains. We felt like we were suddenly in another country, with rolling green hills, plenty of greenery, and orchards everywhere in site. To make it just that much more scenic, we crested a hill to overlook an adorable town coloured white and blue.   Chefchaouen The town of Chefchaouen is a fairly unassuming little mountain town in Morocco, where visitors can escape the hassles of the big city medinas and wander the blue-washed walls of this quiet and peaceful little town. Not...

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Arabian Nights: Camel Trekking into the Desert

One of our most anticipated parts of the trip was heading into the Sahara desert to spend a few nights. We had a slight glimpse of sand dunes in Peru, but we’ve never truly been into a desert as grand as the Sahara. As mentioned yesterday, we drove to the Far East of Morocco, with the border of Algeria in sight. The skyline turned into dunes and dunes of sand, while we started to get accustomed to sand finding its way into all of our things. After our day of exploration, we were ready to trek into the desert...

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The Sahara Desert: Morocco Style

After leaving the mountains, we entered the Moroccan portion of the Sahara desert – the third largest desert in the world. The rugged mountains slowly turned into soft dunes of sand, with streaks of sand blowing across the road with every gust of wind (reminding us of the snow drifts we’re used to seeing in Canada). The towns, built out of mud and straw as we mentioned previously, were difficult to make out on the horizon – blending in well with their surroundings. Few inhabit this area due to the harsh living conditions. We settled in the tiny village...

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Atlas Mountains: The Best (And Worst) Drive in Morocco

Our first day of driving took us into the Atlas Mountains, the mountain range that crosses through the center of Morocco, separating the Atlantic coast from the desert. The scenery of this area is beautiful and dramatic, with an overall tranquil feel.   Tizi n’Tichka Pass To get up and over the highest part of the mountains required driving over the Tizi n’Tichka pass, a winding switchback into the mountains. This pass is much lower than the highest elevation of the Atlas Mountains, which goes over 4000 m high with snow peaked caps.   Rockin’ the Kasbah After coming...

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