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Talia, Morocco, Portugal & Spain Specialist

Born in Ukraine and raised in Saudi Arabia, I have always had a passion for travel and learning different cultures. I studied in California and Amherst, finishing my Hospitality degree in southern Spain. After working in hotels in China, I couldn’t resist the temptation to return to the Middle East. Before long, I found myself waking up to sunrises on the Dead Sea in Jordan, picking fresh olives in the markets of Amman and driving past the breathtaking skyline in Dubai.

In 2016, I moved to Boston and became a Middle East specialist. Here, I was able to share my passion for travel and got the opportunity to further explore the highlights of Morocco, Jordan and Israel. Deciding to combine this with my passion for Spain, I joined the Spain and Portugal team as one of its first specialists.

As part of my introduction to the new team, I spent six weeks traveling the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula, enjoying everything from cooking classes and tapas tastings to coastal hikes, river cruises and fado performances. Uncovering the hidden highlights of the region, I gained a new understanding of the diversity of food, landscapes and cultures the peninsula has to offer.

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We arrived at the Faro market in the morning, just as the locals were finishing off their gossip and cups of coffee around the market square and preparing to go grocery shopping. I had a list of the ingredients I needed and ended up going from stall to stall inspecting the vegetables and sizing up the fish. All the vendors were extremely friendly and passionate about their goods. At a seafood stall, the fisherman told me where the lobsters he was selling had been caught and even pulled out a female lobster, showing me the roe she had hidden between her fins. It was great to be able to have a peek at the day-to-day life in Faro and then get to prepare a traditional meal afterwards.

Photos of Talia

Talia at the underground public pools in the Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca Talia at the underground public pools in the Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca
Talia learning the Berber language Talia learning the Berber language
Talia trying a chicken in the Amal Association Talia trying a chicken in the Amal Association
Talia at a cava tasting, Barcelona, Spain Talia at a cava tasting, Barcelona, Spain
Talia in Bilbao, Spain Talia in Bilbao, Spain
Talia visiting Bomfin, Duoro Valley, Portugal Talia visiting Bomfin, Duoro Valley, Portugal
Talia visiting a winery in Porto, Portugal Talia visiting a winery in Porto, Portugal
Talia making pottery in a village Talia making pottery in a village
Talia picking spices in the Marrakesh market Talia picking spices in the Marrakesh market
Talia preparing food with a Berber family Talia preparing food with a Berber family

Photos taken by Talia

Ibn Danan Synagogue Ibn Danan Synagogue
Jewish cemetery Jewish cemetery
Amal Association lunch spot Amal Association lunch spot
Tower in the Erg Chebbi Tower in the Erg Chebbi
Erg Chebbi Erg Chebbi
Olive trees in the Palmeraie Olive trees in the Palmeraie
Blue steps in Chefchouen Blue steps in Chefchouen
Hassan II Mosque Hassan II Mosque
Jewish pottery in Fez Jewish pottery in Fez
Meal prepared with family Meal prepared with family
Slippers shop in Fez Slippers shop in Fez
Olives in the Fez medina Olives in the Fez medina