TAP to Portugal

Grade

C.

Would I fly with them again?

I’m pretty lukewarm about it, but yeah, I would.

October 31, 2016
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Tasting on Marrakesh

Marrakesh, the fourth largest city in Morocco, has a plethora of options when it comes to local cuisine. A word of caution: don’t get the “fresh” orange juice from Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. The fierce competition has forced prices down to rock bottom (4 dirhams), which also means the vendors are coming up with clever ways to reduce their costs (e.g., using powders or concentrates). Instead, go to a restaurant or juice bar: yes, you’ll pay at least 15 Dh, but at least you’ll be getting a higher quality product.

October 30, 2016
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Tasting on Essaouira

Almost a straight shot west from Marrakesh, Essaouira is an ocean-side city that is a key port of Morocco. As you might expect, there’s tons of seafood available here. The medina is also a smaller, more approachable, and laid back version of the one in Marrakesh. Here’s what I tried around this town.

October 28, 2016
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Tasting on the Sahara Desert

In early October, I took a four-day, three-night Sahara Desert tour. Unfortunately, lunch was always at restaurants designed for tourists. No locals would eat at these places, and they served dishes of mediocre quality at best. But the prices were at least twice that of what you’d pay in Marrakesh. I’ll just leave this post here for future reference.

October 26, 2016
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Sights of Morocco

Most of what I got to see in Morocco involved the Sahara Desert, but I also spent a couple of days by the ocean in Essaouira and a few days inland in Marrakesh. I have mixed feelings about this country: if you think America is racist and sexist, you might be thankful that you don’t live in Morocco after you visit. But it is also a very different place if you’re looking to get away from the familiar.

October 25, 2016
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Patterns of Morocco

Moroccan art and design is fascinating, including the architectural elements and tile mosaics (kellij). You can spot delightful patterns everywhere, even in the Sahara Desert.

October 23, 2016
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Tasting on Urfersheim

I got to make some comforting dishes like pumpkin soup with my Couchsurfing hosts Johanna and Costi in their industrial kitchen. (Their house used to be a cafe, so they definitely benefit from its facilities.) I also tried a few spots in the area around Urfersheim.

October 21, 2016
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Sights of Urfersheim

Urfersheim is a tiny hamlet of fewer than 200 people and is located 2km from Illesheim. However, because there’s a US Army base in the latter, the former has a super fast internet connection. Win! You do have to put up with the regular noise of helicopters, but I didn’t mind it. The area is such a charming place to see the German countryside.

October 20, 2016
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