Posts from the ‘Morocco’ category

Four Lovely Minutes from Essaouira

Two years ago, almost to the day, we moved from Malta and Morocco. We lived in Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. We rented a lovely riad…

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VOIP Still Kinda Sucks

Maybe it’s just been a bad week, but VOIP feels like a rare Concorde-esque backward step in technology. In the past week, I’ve had three separate…

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“Rendition” is an Exotic Thriller

After arriving in Chicago, we spent a quiet evening in at the swish and oddly-gothic Hotel Sax (“Monsieurs Lestat and Impaler, your table is ready in…

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The Mystery of Henna Hands

Before Julie came home from Morocco (she stayed on a couple of weeks to host a family member), she had henna applied to her hands. You…

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In Praise of Furnished Apartments

We’ve just moved into our fourth furnished apartment. The other three were in Europe and Africa (where it’s par for the course, as far as I…

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Rethinking Poverty (and Getting Nowhere)

Living abroad teaches you how little you know, and forces you to re-examine long-held assumptions. One of these assumptions is about poverty. My general assumption about…

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How Living Abroad Limits Choice

I have ascetic aspirations. I certainly don’t live a monastic lifestyle, but I try to listen to the simplifying impulses in myself. Years ago, I decided…

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My Perfect Trip Home

Over the last few years, I’ve done a fair bit of international flying. For sundry reasons, I’m hoping to curtail it. Among them is the fact…

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