happy life without the technology

You know, sometimes I can’t shake the feeling that despite all of the advances and benefits technology has brought into our lives, we had it better before… or some still do in places such as the one below where people’s lives are not over-reliant on it like ours are, where emails don’t buzz every couple …

city on the hill

Ait-Ben-Haddou is a famous fortress in the heart of Morocco, not too far from Marrakech. Now inhabited by no more than a few families (and hoards of tourists), this fortified city used to be a booming center back in the day. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site where a whole bunch of movies have …

winding roads

  On the way to the Sahara, we spent the night in the impressive Dadès Gorge, located somewhere in the Atlas mountains. Believe it or not, the gorge is actually one of the more popular things to see in Morocco and the winding road is definitely an interesting sight, especially when you start seeing the …

atlas (un)shrugged

The Atlas mountains in Morocco are this vast, parched, seemingly impenetrable wall that stands between any avid traveler looking to reach the Sahara desert from the coastal areas. It’s a long and winding journey that takes you up and down through alternating deep valleys, high snow-capped peaks, and small Berber villages, revealing some unexpected beauty …

jemaa el fna

Stepping into the main square of Marrakech late at night (especially if this is your first touch with Moroccan culture, like mine was) is an experience that is very hard to forget. Literally thousands of people, tourists and locals alike, swarm the ancient square around dusk, looking for a meal, a drink, entertainment, good company, …

sahara nights

  (I highly encourage you to play the song before reading on, best part starts around 2nd minute) What a night that was! After watching the sunset from atop a dune (see previous post on Sahara days), we literally rode our camels toward the rising orange full moon ahead of us. Unfortunately, it was impossible …

sahara days

Our journey into the great Sahara… who knew riding camels can be so fun (that is, after figuring out the proper technique to avoid getting certain body parts getting squished…). The one behind me, who we lovingly named Whitey, was especially awesome. His photo, first one below, could just be my favorite of the trip. …

المغرب

You have to live the experience that is Morocco. It’s hard to describe in words really, but there is something magical about that place. Despite the rocky start for many a tourist who ventures outside the well-lit path (which in my case included almost getting robbed and beaten up the first night), the country opens …