Can the real Dracula please rise?

We all know Dracula as the bloodsucking, evil creature made up by Bram Stoker. He’s got long corner teeth, or fangs, a cape, slick black hair and preferably some blood running from the corner of his mouth. And somehow he’s usually portrayed with his hands out like claws. Long story short: he’s out to get…

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…

Weekly photo challenge: Serene.

This summer I had the chance to spend a week on the Camino, a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. There is nothing more serene than walking through the countryside, feeling the sunshine, the wind and the rain, walking through small towns, fields and forests.

A different side of Rome

I’ve been to Rome almost ten times now. My visits are always short and I get to see the same things over and over again, but I also try to do something new every time I am there. The first time I was in Rome I was actually disappointed. Sure, there a some pretty things,…

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…