Category Archives: Africa

Morocco, Part Four: Atlas Mountains, Marrakech and Casablanca

Astride the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco My last Morocco entry was on Kelaa M’Gouna, aka the Rose Valley. After that, Lu and I basically had two more full days in the country. We took a bus through the Atlas … Continue reading

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Amazing Video – “Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla”

Just thought I’d jump on a viral video bandwagon and share this amazing piece. It was shot at a private safari camp in Bwindi National Park in Uganda by nature photographers John King, Pam King, and Jonathan Rossouw of the … Continue reading

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Morocco, Part Three: Kelaa M’gouna

What is the difference between a riad and a casbah? Travel to Morocco and you will no doubt stay in both, though neither started out as hotels or guest houses. The word “casbah” (or kasbah) has a couple of different … Continue reading

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Morocco, Part Two: The Sahara

The second part of our trip to Morocco this past April was a study in poor planning. It started with the bus out of Fes. We took an overnight CTM bus that evening from Fes to Rissani ($18); that was … Continue reading

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Morocco, Part One: Fes

To us here in the land of the hot dog stand, the atom bomb, and the Good Humor man, Morocco is Africa’s shallow part of the pool – a wholly foreign, Islamic land that’s easily accessed by ferry from the … Continue reading

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The Missing Ring of the Sahara! Part 2

Previously! On The Missing Ring of the Sahara… “We have to go back.” “No problem.” “He’ll meet you in the next town.” “We didn’t need to get on this bus! We could have waited there and taken a later bus! … Continue reading

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The Missing Ring of the Sahara!

Luciana lost her wedding ring in the Sahara Desert, only to find it in Marrakesh. Not literally in the desert; we weren’t staggering through a dust storm or battling raiders when it happened. That’s just how I’ve been framing the … Continue reading

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Slideshow: Morocco

Here’s a slideshow of images from our recent trip to Morocco. This blog entry is worth 65,000 words.

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Blast in Moroccan Square Kills 15

Sad news today out of Marrakesh. A bomb exploded at a cafe in the crowded square known as Djemaa el-Fnaa, killing 15. The cafe, Agana, is popular among tourists and locals. It’s unclear whether it was a suicide bombing or … Continue reading

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Morocco – Digestifs

I’ll be writing a lot about our trip to Morocco, and in greater detail, but for now I just want to get down some quick impressions. I’ve been back a week already, but yesterday was the first day I’ve felt … Continue reading

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