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Granada, Toledo, and Segovia

We arrived in Granada, Spain after a high-speed ferry crossing across the Strait of Gibraltar and a drive along the Costa del Sol in Spain. After a week of experiencing Morocco, it feels amazing to be back on European soil again and be surrounded by things that are much more familiar to me. Sadly, we … Continue reading

The sweet (and not so sweet) smells of Morocco

Since Rabat is our last stop before we head back to European soil, I thought I should write one last time on Morocco. I could use this entry to pay homage to the beautiful monuments or palaces we’ve visited, or blather on a bit more about the marketplaces and Medinas, but instead I think I … Continue reading

In praise of modern highways

As we travel through Morocco to each destination, the cities get more and more modern. We finally traded the old, two-lane highway that we traveled all the way from Tangier to Marrakesh for a modern highway as we headed north to Casablanca and Rabat. Casablanca and Rabat are cities that feel much more familiar because … Continue reading

From Marrakesh to Rabat

From Fez, we traveled through the High Atlas mountains on a two-lane, two-way highway to reach the city of Marrakesh. Once again, the terrain of this part of the Moroccan countryside could be likened to the high desert terrain of Eastern Washington…that is, if it weren’t for the donkeys, goats, cacti, olive trees, and as … Continue reading

On Moroccan food and the blessings of all the saints

The food here in Morocco is unique and delicious, although I have to admit that I haven’t been daring enough to try the variety offered by the souks (sticking to restaurants…hoping that might be safer?). The national drink here is ‘Moroccan whiskey,’ which is actually green tea with mint. The Moroccans drink this tea very, … Continue reading

Morocco bound

After a 3-hr ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar and a 6-hr drive through Moroccan countryside, we’ve arrived in the city of Fez, Morocco’s oldest Imperial city. The ferry ride was an experience in itself, not least because of a 2-hr delay for goodness-knows-what-reason. Most of us simply lounged on the deck and listened … Continue reading

On the road again

As I write this particular entry, we are on our way from Lisbon, Portugal to Sevilla, Spain before we head down to Morocco. The Portuguese countryside is full of cork oaks and olive trees, as well as the traditional white stucco houses with a solid color that `frames┬┤the house along the bottom and the corners. … Continue reading

On to Portugal

This is my first time in Portugal and I’m really enjoying it. The country is a bit more “behind the times” when compared to Spain, but this makes no impact whatsoever on the richness of the architecture, history, or culture. Like Salamanca, Coimbra, Portugal is a university town that boasts the country┬┤s oldest university, the … Continue reading

The Salamanca frog

The last time I was in Madrid I saw most of the city because train and bus service had closed down due to the 3/11 train bombing, which made trips outside of the city impossible unless you had a car. Nevertheless, since this was the first time my Australian travel mates (Grant, Brendan, Krystal, and … Continue reading

Traveling is not for everyone

Traveling is definitely not for everyone. I can understand why some people are not keen on the idea of travel when it involves painfully long queues at airports and security checkpoints, and odds in favor of something going wrong, whether it be a delayed flight, losing your luggage, or paying way too much for a … Continue reading

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