I've had a passion for travel ever since I was young, however, it was a semester spent abroad studying Arabic at university in Fes in Morocco and Amman in Jordan which first ignited my passion for North Africa and the Middle East.
While in Fez I lived with a local family and was able to fully immerse myself in the culture of Morocco, eating home-cooked Moroccan food, drinking coffee day and night, learning and using the local slang, as well as celebrating festivals and birthdays the true Moroccan way. As I became more fluent in Arabic, I gained a deeper understanding of Morocco and Jordan and their inhabitants, while also developing an unshakeable appetite for exploration and adventure in North Africa and the Middle East. I fell deeply in love with the culture, food, architecture, people, landscape and mint tea, though usually taking mine with far less sugar than the locals.
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I'll never forget when…
On my first trip to Fez I arrived after midnight. I was driven to the old medina where my suitcase was put in a trailer and I was told to follow on foot. The sights, sounds and smells of the labyrinthine alleyways were all alien to me and I struggled to get my bearings as the laneways twisted and turned endlessly. I finally arrived at my hotel and drank my first Moroccan mint tea, equally excited and daunted about emerging into the maze once again in the morning to explore everything it had to offer.