Fes’ little brother

Meknes is one of the places a lot of people skip during their time in Morocco. I had put it on my itinerary and part of me was disappointed when I met a few travellers who said I might as well skip it. Over the years though, I’ve found out I am often interested in…

Back when…

Did you know the Romans lived in Morocco? Well, I didn’t. At least I never really thought about it. When I think about the Romans, I think of ancient Rome and ancient Greece. I forget that the Romans spread out in all directions. So they also spread out to Africa. Near Meknes is the ancient…

The backpacker spa: scrubbing off the dirt

What do you do when you’re in a small beach town without any real tourist sights? It’s the perfect chance to dig into a bit of Moroccan culture. I’d heard about hammam. I’d read about hammam. And yet I was hesitant to go. Why would I go to a public bath house? I’m not a…

Escaping the city

I’m in Tanger and after a few days with my Moroccan friend, I am on my own again. My welcome to Tanger wasn’t great. Within the first 5 minutes of me walking through the Medina, a man chose to walk as close past me as he could so he could reach for my ass. So…

Starting a fairytale

I feel like I’m Yasmin from Aladdin. A slightly fatter, less exotic and more anxious Yasmin, but a Yasmin nonetheless. I realise 1001 nights isn’t exactly in Morocco, but sitting in my hostel, which is tiled with beautiful mosaics, I feel like it’s pretty close. I’m in Morocco! I still cannot fully grasp it. I’m…

All about the journey

I absolutely hate tiny spaces where you quite possible could get stuck. It gives me the creeps. I like to see my exit and be able to move. My trip to the Cederberg mountains in South Africa was definitely a challenge for me. With a big truck the group was taken into the wilderness. We…

Weekly photo challenge: Achievement

So many steps. So many I can’t remember how much. My brain is dead, my body broken, but I made it to the top in time. Dune 45 in Namibia is a challenge. Sure, it’s nice to see the sunrise at stupid o’clock, but to walk up a dune? At every step you sink back…