Greetings from Sunny Morocco!
My family decided to head to Morocco on an imaginary Around the World in 80 Days trip to evade the Calgary snow. I pulled the patio lounge furniture into the spare room, and plugged in a portable heater to blow warm air. Then I made a cup of mint tea, and settled down in my imaginary riad garden with Lulu in Marrakesh. This is s a novel by Diane Johnson, who wrote the popular book Le Divorce. Lulu is a young American spy sent to Morocco to gather on the ground intelligence. So far, it’s an easy read joining Lulu as she settles into the expat community in Marrakech.
Tour guides are great for amusing stories, so we borrowed a couple from the library. Ian Wright is the affable host of the Lonely Planet Globe Trekker DVD series. We watched him explore the Atlas mountains on Northern Africa compilation DVD. It was painful to watch him get a contortionist massage in the hamman bath, and it made us very grateful we weren’t experiencing that in person! This is a series everyone in the family enjoys, especially watching Ian with his friendly nature and cockney accent.
A crankier but equally entertaining tour guide is Anthony Bourdain. He’s a New York chef who travels around looking for unusual traditional meals. In Anthony Bourdain: A Cook’s Tour: Morocco and Russia he disdains the hotel couscous and tagine, insisting on finding a whole roasted sheep. The Berber technique of cooking bread in hot sand is hard to try at home. Instead, we’re boiling beets to make the Moroccan salads featured in the second show, Traditional Tastes.
A fictional movie about Morocco you may enjoy is the 1942 classic Casablanca with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.
Play it, for old time's sake.