The idea: in each new country or notable city I visit, take a 10 to 20 second video that starts with me walking and then pans around to take in my surroundings.
The intention: bring together a six-month span of travel in a fun way
The timing: Paris, France in December 2011 to Blue Bell, Pennsylvania in May 2012
The locations: Paris, Cologne, Aarhus… just watch it.
A big fat THANK YOU to all those who were involved, especially Aunt Margaret, Uncle Eric, Nina & Sarah, Malin, Laurie, Caitlin, Claire, Ciera, Lauren, Nina, Gracie, Phoebe, Maia, Katie, my Mom, Moutaz (for the music), Sander, and Jorge.
So I know I said a little while ago that I wasn’t sure I’d keep the blog going after I arrive in the US, but I realized I have not been as diligent or inspired with my posting as before, and so I have a lot left to say about my experiences that might prove useful or interesting to other travelers (such as how to NOT buy bus tickets in Morocco). This merits at least a few weeks of posts still to make sure I cover some of the remaining comment-worthy territory, which is another way of saying I’m not sure I’m ready to let go of this thing yet. I am already going through some culture shock and though I’m ecstatic to be home with my family, there is a lot to process… and that’s why I started this blog in the first place: to process things in a healthy way. I want to keep going to keep doing that for a little longer at least.
The results of this year have been UNREAL: I’m just shy of 12,000 views with 35 wordpress followers, 8 comment followers, and 743 facebook followers– humbling figures considering the simple aims of this thing and DEFINITELY not what I ever expected. Thank you to all those who have followed along from the start and welcome to those who have just arrived here! It’s been an enlightening adventure for me and I hope you’ve enjoyed it, too.
Even in such a beautiful place as the Bahia Palace in Marrakech, the fatigue of a night of traveling didn’t escape me. In Arabic the word for door or doorway or gate is baab and there are a LOT of them in Morocco. It certainly didn’t help being with three other punny Arabic learners on my trip, as we came up with some seriously bad baab-related wordplay.
Seriously, though, this place is beautiful. Imagine your feet sliding smoothly over the marble floors that are decorated intricately with mosaics of white, red, blue, black, and green. The heat is palpable and heavy on your skin, but as you stroll on the cool stone, it’s as if your skin were taking a long, satisfying sip of iced mint tea. You sit down on a step and admire the painted woodwork on the ceiling, the stark white walls, and you imagine the peacocks and parachute pants that would be your first investment if you lived in a place like this.
Off to Morocco and Spain for a week! Suffice to say I am really really excited to enter the Arab world again, this time in a total different capacity and within a totally different culture. I am looking forward to catching up on commentary and apt cultural observations when I get back, or just provide you with a mind-numbing series of drool-worthy food pictures. I am especially looking forward to tracing some of the historical routes and roots of Arab influence in Europe and European influence in Arabia– if all goes well, I’ll wind my way through Marrakech, Fes, Meknes, Chefchaouen, Tangier, Algeciras, Granada, Madrid, and Salamanca over the course of the next 10 days, visiting new places and familiar faces along the way. I do not plan on blogging this week as I can’t count on having reliable internet access, but in the meantime, check out the blogs of the friends I will be visiting along the way:
Gracie– Gracie, Global in Granada
Phoebe — Rapunzel en Ruta in Salamanca