I still can’t believe I rode a camel in the Sahara Desert! Pinkish sand surrounded me, with mountains on the horizon, and huge puffy clouds hanging so low they appeared to kiss the tops of the sand dunes. It was breathtaking. Sitting high above the ground on a camel I nicknamed “Dulce,” I looked at the line of camels carrying the rest of the group, and reflected on how it came to be I was in Morocco with these amazing people.
Two years ago as I was perusing Instagram, I landed on a post from WorldTowning about a family that had left their comfortable American life behind to travel the world in an RV they named “Lemonade.” I was drawn to the Mom, Jessica, not just because I’m a Mom too, but because her hair had dark pink highlights and she commanded the screen with such ease and realness, I knew she was a Bad A. The rest of the family is pretty cool too. There is her husband Will, she calls him her “hot Latin,” their teenage daughter Avalon, and younger son Largo. I became an avid fan and started following their YouTube channel too.
A Worldtowner is someone who takes up temporary residency in another country for over three months to experience life as a local. I was fascinated with their story and loved following their journey. Jessica and Will’s rapport and the way they raised their children on the road is inspiring. Stories of their time spent in Morocco, as it was on my bucket list, enthralled me. So, when they embarked on a new venture to host a group tour of this country, I jumped at the opportunity to join them.
There were 15 others who joined the family in Morocco. We filled our bellies with meats, vegetables, and couscous cooked in tagines, drank gallons of delicious hot mint tea, gorged on breads with jam or honey, and pastries. We spent two weeks traveling a country vibrant with life in a land that awakens all your senses and whose people welcome you with a blessing of peace.
Cultivating Art in the Medina
One of the most famous things Marrakech is known for are its souks, open-air markets. Bright orange, red, and yellow fabrics blow in the breeze. They display soft leather slippers and patterned poufs, pungent with the scent of the tannery. The medina’s souks throughout Morocco house artisan wares beautifully crafted and cultivated by the local people since the earliest centuries.