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Photo of the Week: Zagora, Morocco

Recently forged silver curios

In honor of today’s #FriFotos, here are some recently forged silver STARS that I saw in a large curio shop in Zagora, Morocco.

This was one of my favorite days of that trip because, after demonstrating how they forge the silver, the shop owners gave our group rein to explore.

I felt like Indiana Jones in the movies that I had watched as a kid–I bustled around the shop’s multiple levels, inside and outside, discovering myriad treasures: one-of-a-kind jewelry, peculiar trinkets, dusty lamps, aging manuscripts, even unlocked treasure chests!  It was wonderful, in the truest sense of the word.

Sometimes, the best part of travel is getting to approach the world with childlike wonder!

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Have you experienced moments of childlike wonder in your travels?  Share your stories in the comments!

 
 

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Photo of the Week: Pride Rock, Serengeti, Tanzania

“Pride Rock” in the Serengeti

This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Clouds”, so I have decided to contribute yet another of my favorite photos from my trip to Tanzania.  This was a beautiful day in the Serengeti, surrounded by zebras and other wildlife, and, as you can see, breathtaking scenery.  I can’t wait to go on safari again!

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Africa, Photo of the Week, Safari, Tanzania

 

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Photo of the Week: Tanzania

Maasai boys in Tanzania

This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Faces”, so I have decided to contribute one of my favorite photos from my trip to Tanzania.  The face point is part of a Maasai ritual that marks the boys’ passage into adolescence.  I was lucky enough to capture this photo while on the road between game drive sites.  The image was so striking that I took several shots and had a hard time choosing just one–fortunately for you, I finally did!

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If you have a great picture of “Faces” (however you interpret that) from your travels, please join in the Twitter fun with the #FriFotos hashtag–see you there!

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Africa, Photo of the Week, Safari, Tanzania

 

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Photo of the Week: Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

View of the Cape of Good Hope from Cape Point

The Twittersphere has been blowing up about Cape Town most recently, so I have decided to throw myself into the mix by sharing one of my favorite pictures from my trip to South Africa.  About 30 miles from Cape Town, in Table Mountain National Park, lie Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the latter of which is the southwesternmost point in Africa.  While many people visiting the area assume that one of these capes is the southernmost point in Africa, that title actually goes to Cape Agulhas.  Nevertheless, a visit to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope are still worth it due to the absolute beauty of the surroundings.

 

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How to Avoid Looking Like A Tourist

Keeping covered while keeping cool

My apologies for not posting last week–my day job got crazy, and I’ve got to focus first on the work that pays my bills and permits me to travel!

Still, to show my contrition for laying off this blog, I’ll share some helpful advice with you.

First off, don’t worry–this is not a post on the tiresome “tourist” versus “traveler” debate; I’ve already briefly weighed in on that.  No, this post is focused on making sure that you blend into your environment as much as possible when you’re traveling so that you can stay safe.  While it’s great to have the opportunity to see the world, once you step past your backyard, you may stand out in ways that make you more vulnerable to sketchy situations.  Sometimes, depending on your look and where you’re traveling, there will really be little that you can do to keep a low profile.  However, in many cases, if you follow my tips below, you will be able to have more success in flying under the radar during your vacation.  Plus, if you’re really on your game, a local will stop you and ask you for directions–highly satisfactory proof that you are a cool traveler!  So, how do you avoid looking like a tourist?

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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Africa, Miscellaneous, Morocco

 

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Photo of the Week: Kendwa Beach, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Sunset over Kendwa Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania

I usually have a pat back story as to why I chose a particular picture as Photo of the Week–not this time.  I stumbled across this picture in my photo archives last week, and I can’t stop looking at it.  It just makes me smile as I remember my time in Zanzibar.  Hopefully, I’ll be lucky enough to go back!

 
 

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Photo of the Week: Moulay Idriss, Morocco

Ramadan sunset in Moulay Idriss

Twitter tells me that this week’s #FriFotos theme is “HOLY PLACES”, so here’s my contribution (a day early, so that I can try to keep to my publication schedule!): a Ramadan photo and a short memoir piece describing when the photo was taken.

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Africa, Morocco, Photo of the Week

 

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