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In August of 2008, my husband and I took a trip to Morroco and it was a trip of a lifetime. I am having a serious case of wunderlust right now and have such a itch to get on a plane and explore another country and culture, but since I can’t do that right now and it will probably be several more months before we go on a big trip, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and show you Marrakech, Morocco.

The rugs were just insane. So so beautiful. I could have walked around and taken pictures of the rugs all day long, but it was crazy hot and walking around Marrakech is super overwhelming. In fact it must kind of feel like what Penelope feels like with her Sensory Processing Disorder. ย The sights, the smells, the heat, the people, the donkeys, the cars and motos, it’s all just too much. So we could go out for an hour and then go back to our riyadh (kind of like a bed and breakfast type hotel) for an hour and recover. And repeat the process all day long.

I actually bought a rug for our house and haggling the price for it will long be a day of glory for me. All the shop keepers were impressed with my negotiation skills and ability to not give in. Morocco 16


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I got my hand painted by a very pregnant henna artist, who also read my palm and swore I would be a mother to three children one day. We shall see. She spoke English so I grilled her on birthing practices of the area. Up until about 2005, they were all homebirths, no creditialed midwives just experienced female family members helping out but that slowly the wealthier women have started to give birth in the hosipital because it was the posh thing to do. Made my heart hurt to stand witness to what happened in the USA over a hundred years ago.

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Oh the baby wearing. ย It was like a babywearing wonderland. The streets are narrow and horribly cobblestoned, no way you are pushing a stroller down that junk, even a heavy duty Bob stroller. Every woman, I mean, every woman wore their baby. And only on their backs. No matter if the kid was three years old or three weeks. And they use a plain old scarf. No Ergos or Mai Tais, just a straight up piece of cloth. I kept trying to ask the store keeper for a baby wearing scarf and they kept pointing me to the regular head scarf because I thought they didn’t believe a white American could possibly want anything to do with baby wearing, but later it clicked that was all they were using!ย Morocco 6

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We went in the middle of Ramadan and it was quite the spectacle. It was truly facinating and I would give anything to go back. I can’t wait till Penelope is older and we can go on big trips with her and show her the world.

Have you ever been to Marrakech? Is there some place that you are itching to go to? South Africa and Bhutan are high on my list…one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Emily S.
    August 6, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Stephanie! This isn’t really related to Morocco at all, but I just wanted to tell you that you are awesome. I came across your blog via Pinterest looking for slow cooker freezer meals a few months ago, and now I can’t stop reading. You have me reading your blog archives for as much useful information as possible! I’ve got my husband and myself on cod liver oil and we’ve been researching Weston A. Price Foundation and learning more about that lifestyle. I have a 6-month-old boy, so I’ve been stalking your parenting and post partum posts. I just had a cup of tea with coconut oil in it. I’ve been reviewing all my supplements and my diet to make sure I’m giving my son the optimal breast milk. I just want you to know that you have a profound effect on people and you are making such a difference. Thank you!

    • Stephanie
      August 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      So cool! Thanks for reading and sharing! You just made my day!

  • Angela
    August 6, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    We were just on vacation in Malaga (southern) Spain last week. We took a ferry across the see to Tangiers, morocco. Crazy experience. We had our 10&7 year old daughters with us. They do not want to go back. The carpets were amazing!! I wish we could have bought one. Maybe another time.

    • Stephanie
      August 6, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      AWESOME! I love Malaga! I lived in Spain for a semester in college and went all over, love that country.

  • Chantal Cook
    August 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I am from South Africa – married to an American!! We have a gorgeous country – you should go. Better yet. I can show you around ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Stephanie
      August 7, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      I would love that! Know any good hook ups at the office of tourism or a company that might want to sponsor the trip?!

  • Katrina
    August 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    What a very neat place. I love all the baby wearing! Just a scarf?!! I wonder if any babies ever fall out? I have the Moby and I swear unless I do a cartwheel, my baby ain’t falling out, lol.
    Beautiful photos, by the way. You work your camera well ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Stephanie
      August 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Thank you! I took these a long time ago too, before I really upped my photography skills from blogging. It was such an easy place to photograph!
      I know, I kept waiting for a baby to fall out, it was such a different style that wrapping a baby and securing their bottoms. The babies all seemed like they were holding on too. Like they knew they need to be little monkeys.

  • Erica
    August 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    We went backpacking in Costa Rica back in 2010. It was so beautiful there and the food was awesome. The rainforest was increadible. Morocco looks exciting. I would love to visit somewhere like that.

    • Stephanie
      August 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      I love CR! That’s where I met my husband! Can’t freaking wait to take Penelope there one day.

  • Christy
    August 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I lived in Spain in 2007. We had planned a trip over to Morocco. There was a bombing the week before we went and the US embassy wouldnโ€™t allow us to travel. I was so disappointed! I ALWAYS have the itch to travel. I need a trip at least once a month. Our last big trip was last year back to Spain for 10 days. I canโ€™t wait to have kids and take them to see the world!

  • Anna
    March 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I LOVE traveling, it’s the best thing in the world and it just broadens your mind ๐Ÿ˜€ I think I love travelling so much because of my childhood; I’m Icelandic but spent 7 years of my childhood living in Texas. Even though they are both western cultures, they’re still quite different and it just opened my mind to the fact that even though I love my own culture, it’s not perfect; every culture has it’s positives and negatives and the more you see, the more you accept.

    I now live in the UK with my English fiancรฉ and we love to travel as much as we can. Some of my favorites have been Japan, Egypt, Cambodia and Vietnam. Gorgeous countries with wonderful, friendly people and DELICIOUS food! We definitely want to keep travelling as much as we can, and in fact plan to continue travelling even after we have kids. One thing I would love to do is do a year long trip when our (possible, future!) kids are maybe around 10 years old. When we were crossing the border from Thailand to Cambodia, there was a family there with kids and at that moment I realized that’s what I want. I want my kids to have a broad world view and not just live in our little western bubble ๐Ÿ˜›

    That’s a while off though ๐Ÿ˜› I’m still studying to be a pharmacist and that’s why I first came across your website. I have to travel for an hour to get to university every day and very often when I get home, I have no energy left to cook dinner. I’m very excited to try some of your recipes, they look really good ๐Ÿ˜€

    Right, my little rant is over! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Stephanie
      March 26, 2014 at 3:11 AM

      Nice rant! Love to chat to fellow wonderlust travelers! Sounds like you are very well traveled so far and I am sure you will keep up after children arrive just like us. We just make a priority, we don’t drive fancy cars or live in a fancy house, but we eat well, Penelope goes to a great private school and we travel. It’s all about choices. ๐Ÿ™‚