“See You in Morocco”

September 22, 2015
International squad: Vanessa, Marge, Jess, Debbie

So I’ll see you in Morocco then, right?

These words came out of my mouth today and it was an absolute dream come true. Although I’d wanted to go to Morocco desperately, I’d been advised by multiple people back in the States that I should not go alone. This frustrated me, but I accepted it as fact, vowing that if I found a buddy who was game to go I would. It just so happens that I found a buddy.

Jessica is Australian and has been traveling solo around Europe for nearly the entire year. And get this: she bought a van in Sweden (she’s fluent in Swedish) and built herself a little home in the back, complete with a bed, kitchen, tiny table – everything. The girl is a real badass and I feel very lucky to have her as a new friend/traveling mentor.

This morning at breakfast, whilst planning her next move, she looked up at me and asked, “Have you ever been to Morocco?

NO BUT I’M DYING TO GO!!” I shouted, a bit too enthusiastically.

Now that I think about it, she may not have been inviting me so much as just inquiring about my traveling history. But before I knew it we were typing away on our computers, researching flights, and purchasing tickets. So now, on Sept. 29, I’ll be flying from Lisbon to Marrakech! Jess leaves Lisbon by bus tomorrow to head to Spain and I’m in country for another week. So tonight, after celebrating our next pending adventure over beer and tapas, we hugged goodbye and said we’d see each other in one week’s time to wander around spice markets, eat tajines and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Morocco – just like I’d dreamed.

And can I just say, this is EXACTLY why I didn’t plan my trip too much or too far in advance. You have to leave room for spontaneity (in traveling and life in general). When someone hints at the idea of going to a country you’ve dreamed of visiting, you need the freedom to say, “I’LL GO!

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  • Reply Farhan September 23, 2015 at 3:56 am

    OMG i’m obsessed with your blog Marge! I’m literally showing all my friends and telling them about my super cool friend Margaret. I can’t wait for you to go to Morocco. Make sure you get the meatballs. I think they call them kefta? You’ll die and go to cilantro heaven.

    Also, make sure you get some awesome jewelry becase its CHEAP AF.

    • Reply margarethenney September 23, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Farhan, you have the coolest friends so I hope I can live up to their standards! And you know how I feel about cilantro… those meatballs are now on my list. And jewelry. All of the jewelry. Miss you!

      • Reply Elise September 23, 2015 at 5:17 pm

        UGH YES KEFTA BOTH OF YOU. Also- love the blog and this post! AND YOU, duh. xoxo

  • Reply Lisa September 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Oh my gosh, I laughed when I read “now that I think about it she may have been inquiring about my traveling history…”
    I love these updates Margaret, you have a knack for writing and I can visualize all that you describe so well!!
    Safe travels:)

    • Reply margarethenney September 23, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Lisa! I’m really enjoying writing about my adventures (almost as much as having them)! And I sorta butted my way into going to Morocco, but hey – sorry I’m not sorry 😉

  • Reply Carrie Ruban September 29, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I am so happy you’re having this amazing experience!! You have a great style of writing and I am enjoying reading it! I regret not doing something like this myself and just have to make do with shorter trips here and there so soak it up!! We are in the north of Spain right now (Cantabria) and it is amazing but honestly, so is nearly ever place I’ve ever been! Ruben and I love travel soooo much and always say, “No plants, no pets, no kids….FULL passports!” This is the choice we have made and we love love seeing the world as often as possible! There’s so much to see.
    Be sure to capture the contact info of your new found friends as they (like your Morroco mate) will be future people to travel with and visit in their home countries! If you get the chance to go to an international wedding, take it!!! A richly culturally experience that is so rewarding!
    Looking forward to the next installment of your adventures!

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