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Birthdays Abroad

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This year was the 6th year I have celebrated a birthday outside of the USA. My readers know that I’ve spent my last 3 birthdays in Paris, France. This year I had the opportunity to go there again but decided I should give Paris a rest go back to one of my new favorite places: Morocco.

I first visited Morocco a year and a half earlier to attend my friend’s wedding there. She is American and married a Moroccan. I really enjoyed my time there and said I wanted to get back. I mulled it over in my mind for some time but didn’t actually make any arrangements until the week before I left.

I booked my flight and paid the deposit to stay at the hostel that my friend owns. I arrived at the airport in Marrakech and she had a car waiting for me. After a brief ride we arrived at Mama Marrakech. I spent the afternoon walking around, grabbed some lunch and then had dinner catching up with my friends. That evening I booked a trip to the Sahara desert right at the hostel. The “concierge” made a quick call on his cell phone and I was told to be up early as I would be picked up for my excursion between 7:00 and 7:30 AM. They also mentioned that breakfast would be served before we left. SCORE!

That Friday we left bright and early for the desert. After hours of sightseeing along winding roads and driving toward the Sahara desert, we finally arrived to a group of camels. There was no ceremony. We mounted the camels and took off into the desert. At first I was holding on for dear life but by the end of the ride I was taking pictures of my new friends and even snapping selfies!

The next day (my birthday) I rose early to watch the sun rise. I was so relaxed. I was a little sore from hours of camel riding but I felt incredible. The desert does something to you. It’s hard to explain so I recommend everyone to head to Morocco. This birthday definitely topped ALL the others. I had to out-do Paris. Mission accomplished. It will be hard to top this next year.

Until next year ….

– TravelingMad

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Comments on: "Birthdays Abroad" (8)

  1. I agree – the camel trek in Morocco is amazing! Way to do it up big on your special day. Happy belated!

  2. This sounds like it was an awesome birthday! I’ve been dreaming about going to Morocco- what was your favorite part? What do you think the most important thing to see is?

    • Candace, Definitely go to Morocco. I love Marrakech. I’m part foodie so my favorite meal was the chicken tagine with olives. Go to the hammam and get a full body scrub, massage and facial for about $25. Bargain and haggle in the souks. Journey to the desert and ride a camel. You will enjoy the country for sure.

  3. One place I will definitely visit during my stay in Europe. Glad you had a wonderful birthday.
    -Kadija

  4. I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco!! Happy Birthday!

  5. Have been to Morocco, but returning for a special birthday sounds like a great idea! A belated happy birthday 🙂

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