The Marrakech Medina

The instructions from the manager seemed simple enough. Turn left out of the riad, then left again to find the main street. We had a little map with the route to Jemaa El Fna market square clearly marked, but within steps of entering the old quarter of Marrakech, we felt lost. Sights, smells and sounds overwhelming the… Continue reading The Marrakech Medina

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Greenhorn Espresso Bar

Living in the West End is great for many reasons. It's within walking distance to downtown, there are restaurants galore and modern high-rise developments jostle for space next to pretty heritage buildings. The downside though is the absence of a vibrant café scene with the usual coffee shop chains on every corner and independent businesses in the minority.

Escape the rain

It’s winter in Vancouver, it’s raining and the sun has barely made an appearance for weeks. The mighty, coastal mountains are hidden behind thick grey clouds and venturing outside without an umbrella quickly becomes a foolish mistake. I dream of tropical beaches and warmer climates but my reality is Canada, so it’s time to accept the wet weather and… Continue reading Escape the rain