June grew up in Malaysia and among the books she devoured were Fernand Braudel's Mediterranean and Edith Wharton's 'In Morocco'. She has been fascinated by the world of Odysseus and the Levant ever since.
After getting her MA from the University of California in Irvine, and with her imagination fuelled by Greek, Ptolemaic and North African culture, she returned to Egypt and Morocco very often.
She has also worked in Ankara, Turkey where she lived near the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation, housed in a converted bedesten (a covered market). One winter, while on a break from learning Turkish, she travelled to Konya to learn about the whirling dervish rituals at the Mevlana Mausoleum, where the poet and 13th century mystic Rumi is buried.
When not exploring the ruins of Egyptian antiquity or the cobbled streets of Galata, Istanbul, June likes to walk along river banks, be it the Nile, the Bosphorus Strait or the Thames, and to cook tagines at home.
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June's Most Memorable Experience
My favourite place in Morocco reflects my interest in Berber culture - The Berber Museum at the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh. The boutique museum was opened by Pierre Berger (Yves Saint Laurent's partner) in 2011 and is dedicated to Berber women who have done so much to keep their culture alive through their traditions and their language. In fact, crafts practiced exclusively by Berber women like tattooing, weaving, jewellery making, basketry, and even make-up, have kept their culture alive since prehistoric times. With a history dating back 2,000 years ago they are the oldest inhabitants of North Africa.