Thursday, April 4, 2013

Family and Travels

Well, I'm back in America now.

April Fool's!! Yes, I know that I'm a few days late, but I've been busy. Speaking of America and being busy, just what have I been doing??

As you can see by the lookers in the photo above, I've been spending time in Morocco with my big brother Neal and my soon-to-be sister Erin! Here's a bit about what we've been up to. Justin and I met Neal and Erin at the Rabat airport and brought them to Tiflet for a night. They experienced the ambiance of a small town, enjoyed some Moroccan mint tea and traditional breads with our host family, and chowed down at one of the restaurants in exciting downtown Tiflet.

Neal and Erin had booked a 10-day tour which started in Marrakech, so from Tiflet, we journeyed with them to the other side of the country to spend a bit more time together. And while Justin and I have been to Marrakech a few times now, there are still sites we have yet to see and lots that keep changing! On our own (while Neal and Erin were with their tour group), we visited the beautiful Majorelle Gardens along with a Berber Museum, which really impressed us with the quality and quantity of information offered about the Berber heritage in Morocco. And with Neal and Erin, we got a second opportunity to see the El Badi Palace, which since our first visit has been restored in several new places, some of which we hadn't even been able to visit before. It was really amazing to get to literally experience the restoration on our visits. And we got to eat some new Moroccan foods, namely the "tangia," a local Marrakech specialty that is cooked similarly to a tagine, in a clay pot but more of an urn shape and typically cooked by burying in hot coals for many hours. Like a tagine, the meat cooks low and slow, creating a very tender, juicy dish.

After a few too short days with Neal and Erin, we waved goodbye as they headed off with their tour group. We'll meet back up with them this weekend at the end of their tour and can't wait to hear about their Moroccan adventures! In the meantime, enjoy a few photos from Marrakech, at the Majorelle Gardens and the El Badi Palace.

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