What do you get when you combine a beautiful, well-travelled story-teller and a savvy entrepreneur? You get MarocMama!
With a very visible online presence, searches for ‘Marrakech’ and ‘food’ on social media may very likely bring up one of her many hilarious and engaging posts on either subject. Quoted in a wide range of publications including Huffington Post and the Chicago Tribune, she has carved a well deserved reputation as the ‘go to’ travel blogger for all things Morocco; earning her stripes along the way, this woman is on her way up!I love proving people wrong. It gives me an incredible high @MarocMama Click To Tweet
We found her while planning our travel itinerary for Morocco and were immediately captured by her very unusual love story. Continuing our Women In Travel (WIT) series, we were given access to her world and are pleased to share our interview with MarocMama where we explore a range of subjects including her growing business, entrepreneurship, politics, love, expat life and family.
The richly ornamented Koutoubia (Khotubia) Mosque stood guard over Marrakech as we meandered our way through the Medina towards the famous Jemaa El Fna Square.
With the sun burning down just after the afternoon call to prayer, the square, which many regard as the heart and soul of the city, was agog with all kinds of activity. By day, it is a bustling market place; at night, it transforms into a bedlam of music, fire, dance and heady aromas.
However, the nightly festivities would have to wait. That afternoon, our plan was to explore the rich food culture of Marrakech, one dish at a time with Marrakech Food Tours (MFT), a company run by Amanda (MarocMama) and her amiable husband Youssef who she lovingly calls ‘MarocBaba’ (how cute!).
Although we had already been introduced to Moroccan cuisine during our overland trip through Fez, El Jadidah, Essaouira and Erg Chebbi (details coming soon), with what we had seen on MarocMama, we knew we were in store for a special experience.
Even more appealing was the fact that they had arranged the tour to accommodate our dietary restrictions and had kindly gone out of their way to select gluten-free, diary free and vegetarian options.
Amanda’s highly informative blog posts on her website, MarocMama, and our correspondence with her greatly influenced our decision to visit Morocco where we ‘slow travelled‘ our way across its southern region, taking in its rich history, geographical and cultural diversity and natural beauty. Our last stop was Marrakech were we looked forward to meeting Amanda and Youssef. (see next page buttons below)
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