Tag: pre-iPhone

In India

Dear Friends and Family, It seems that time's been picking up speed lately. The last time I emailed you, I had just arrived in Bulgaria. Since then I've spent five days in Istanbul, Turkey, made a pit stop in Doha, Qatar, and already been in Hyderabad, India for three days now. It's been a whirlwind, ...

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Bulgaria

Dear Family and Friends, After a little over two weeks in beautiful, at times confounding, Italy, I've landed in Eastern Europe. I arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria two nights ago after more than 26 hours on a train from Budapest. My initial plan to city-hop through Eastern Europe to use up my Eurorail Pass had to ...

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And Now, Italy

Dear Family and Friends, The last time I wrote you, I had just arrived in Marrakech. I stayed there this past week and had an amazing time. Thank you for your suggestions and advice. I will write in detail about my visit in my blog, but in the meantime, you'll be happy to know that ...

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Serendipitous Encounters

When I entered Mad Hostel, I noticed an attractive, Indian-looking girl at the front desk. I asked her in Spanish where she was from. "Los Estados Unidos," she responded with a thick, American accent. I laughed and teased her in English that she needed to work on her accent. We started chatting while she waited ...

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Farewell, Marrakesh

I packed up my belongings this morning. Faical's mother tried to help me, but I showed her that I was rolling my clothes and not folding them. She seemed surprised by this unusual way of packing. After some time she retrieved two dinner napkins from a cabinet and presented them to me. This was a ...

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Encore

This morning Anas and I decided to go to Oasis, a water park on the outskirts of Marrakesh. Sarah asked to come along, too. As we were finalizing our plans, I received a shocking piece of news: Latifa had stayed back in Marrakesh for another day instead of leaving with her family for Casablanca. The ...

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Return to Marrakesh

Anas, Latifa, and I arrived in Marrakesh this afternoon. At the bus station Latifa took a taxi to her family's place, and Anas and I took a separate taxi back to his apartment. There I met his sister, Jihane. She spent the past week with her aunt in northern Morocco, and she finally returned today. ...

Hill of Beans

We arrived in Casablanca, which the Moroccans simply call "Casa," late last night. Mohsin's brother brought us to their family's apartment since Mohsin was at a friend's wedding. He joined us this morning, and after breakfast, the three of us took a taxi into the city. Mohsin and Anas both claim that the only place ...

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Sleep haram in Marrakesh!

This morning Anas, Faical, and I headed to the hammam.  Since it is Jummah (Friday), throughout the Muslim world it is considered almost mandatory to clean oneself thoroughly today.  I took my jalaba with me to change into afterwards.  This time I didn't feel as uncomfortable as I did the first time.  It helped that ...

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Around Marrakesh

Today Anas agreed to take me on a tour of some of the tourist sites in Marrakesh. First we visited the Majorlif Gardens. The gardens are beautiful and well-maintained. I wonder whether Calatrava, the architect of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, took some of his inspiration from the Majorlif Gardens. The walkway ...