Author: Sandra

Road Trippin’ in Morocco

We rented a car for the majority of our trip to Morocco, taking us in an incomplete circle from Marrakesh to Casablanca. Our major stops are to include: Marrakesh – Ait Benaddou – Merzouga – Fes – Chefchahouen – Casablanca. When we told locals we were driving around the country, many were excited about the beautiful sites we would see. However, there were also many words of advice about driving defensively, avoiding the dark, and being weary of corrupt cops looking to make some extra cash. We took this advice to heart, planning our driving routes in the early...

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Marrakesh: Welcome to Morocco

Our introduction to the African country of Morocco started in the vibrant city of Marrakesh. The city is known for its ancient medina, with a winding maze of souks, artisan shops, shrines and riads, all contained within red dyed walls of stone. Just outside of the medina is the modern world of Ville Nouvelle, built by the French with trendy cafes, boutiques and gardens.   Marrakesh Medina The equivalent of Europe’s old towns are Morocco’s medinas. Medinas are fortified ancient town centres, traditionally with many narrow winding alleys you can get easily lost in. The streets are packed full...

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Keukenhof Gardens: Tulips for Days

The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in the Netherlands are one of the largest gardens in the world. They cover an area of over 79 acres and are planted annually with over 7 million tulip bulbs! The gardens are only open for several weeks from April to May, and last time we were in Holland we unfortunately missed them by a mere few weeks. When we realized we had a 5-hour layover in Amsterdam on our way to Morocco, we were quick to schedule a visit. After all, I don’t know that there is a much better way to spend a...

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Interesting Facts about Travel in Vietnam

As you travel around a country you slowly become aware of its little quirks along the way. Here are some of our interesting observations about Vietnam:   Crossing the Street is a Gamble in the Game of Life The main form of transportation in Vietnam is the motorbike. There are about 37 million motorcycles in Vietnam, compared to only 2 million cars. There seems to be a never ending flow of motorbikes on the roads, and you quickly get used to maneuvering around them as you cross the street. Traffic lights are a rare sight throughout Vietnam (with the...

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Hanoi: A Taste of Old Vietnam

Despite being Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi has managed to retain a traditional and genteel feel. It lacks the “big city” feel of Ho Chi Minh City, and somehow feels like a slight step back into time in comparison. The city has only started to boom and develop in recent years, and thus seems to emanate true Vietnamese culture and soul.   Sidewalks Are Not For Pedestrians We’re trained to use sidewalks for walking, to let the cars do their thing on the roads. In Hanoi, we quickly learned the opposite. Sidewalks are the parking lot of motorbikes, and trying...

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