Daily Wanderlust: The leather of Fez, Morocco

Written by on August 12, 2012 in Daily Wanderlust, Destinations - 2 Comments

Morocco is  a whirlwind of sights, sounds, smells. From the souks to the orange juice stands, the medinas are a constant attack of the senses until you are able to escape to a riad.

Honestly, it was not my favorite place in my travels. It was very hard to be a solo female throughout most of the country.

But, there were definitely moments of supreme awe. When I was visiting Fez, about half-way through my time in the country, I was approached by a “free” guide. For most of my time in Morocco, I waved off these men. But, for some reason, his persistence wore me down and  I him let whisk me through the dusty maze of the Fez medina.

We spent a day together, drinking the delicious mint tea, exploring local pharmacies, the tannery, and even an artist “enclave” of rundown, dimly lit rooms where leather was dyed and hung out to dry in the hot desert sun.

Newly dyed leather hangs from a railing in Fez, Morocco.

 

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for OneTravel.com and CheapOair.com. Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads and more.

2 Comments on "Daily Wanderlust: The leather of Fez, Morocco"

  1. Jacob September 24, 2012 at 10:13 am · Reply

    Morocco is a stunning country and its influence is felt way beyond its shores. Perhaps the best way to reach North Africa is by taking a boat from Tarifa in Andalucia, Spain, as you get to enjoy both countries equally.

    Great blog you have here. Thanks :)

    • Diana October 1, 2012 at 6:17 am · Reply

      Thanks! I took a boat from Tarifa to Tangier. Morocco is stunning. I had a hard time getting hassled, but the country was really captivating.

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