A Traditional Harari Wedding

A Traditional Harari Wedding

At the end of last month, I experienced my first ever Harari Wedding. Harar is a small walled city in Ethiopia. It is considered the fourth holiest city in Islam, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. It is also a city protected by the UNESCO World Heritage due to its preserved historic culture, and deep Islamic roots. Just before I returned home, I sat down with my cousin and we went through all the cultural steps involved when two people wish to get married. Culture plays such a heavy role in every day life in Harar, especially when it comes to wedding proceedings. 1. Nikkah In Islam, marriage is a contract where the bride and groom consent to the marraige. This is done at any point before the wedding. Once the Nikkah is completed, the bride and groom and now Islamically married, and anything that follows from this point is cultural and NOT  of a religious nature. 2. Sirri The elder women of the community make a...
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Morocco In 4 Days – Chefchaouen

Morocco In 4 Days – Chefchaouen

As soon as I booked Fès, I had to find out how far the 'Blue City' was and if it was close enough to plan an excursion there. Google Maps said a 3 hour drive. TICK. Day trip it would be. I browsed the Internet for the best ways to get to Chefchaouen from Fès. I couldn't find anything really helpful, so I thought let's just ask when we get to the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel, we mentioned that we did plan on visiting Chefchaouen for the day. We were told that we could book a day trip whenever we wished. We decided to go on the Friday, the day after arriving. We also chose to have an English speaking driver, to be sure that we could have conversations with him/her. It was nice that we had a large car and lots of space to stretch and sit comfortably. At 8am on Friday, we had breakfast in the hotel, and set off at...
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Morocco In 4 Days – Fès

Morocco In 4 Days – Fès

I've always wanted to go to Morocco, I just didn't think I'd go this soon! Luckily, my friend suggested it as a last minute trip, and I thought why not, JUST DO IT! I'm going to share my highlights of my trip in Morocco and things to do in Fès for three days. It was most definitely up there with the best holiday destinations I've visited. I can't wait to return to visit another city of Morocco. On the first day, we booked a three-hour walking tour of Fès with a local. I can't recommend this enough - it really helped that our tour guide showed us the ins and outs of the Old Town (which is VERY complicated). We then used the tour as a checkpoint and decided for or against returning to some of the sights we had passed. Bab Boujloud (Blue Gate) - Entrance to the Old Town Random Woodwork Shops If you have space in your suitcase, then be warned, you will be temped...
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How To Travel To Morocco For Less Than £50

How To Travel To Morocco For Less Than £50

People always ask how I afford the many holidays I take. It is a sad misconception that going on holiday is expensive, and reserved only for those with a high disposable income. If one is smart, going abroad can be cheaper than simply jumping onto a train from London to Liverpool. As I mentioned in my previous post reviewing Hotel Riad Fes, I travelled to Morocco last month with my friend Hanna. We flew out on a Wednesday and returned on Sunday - 4 full days in Fes, Morocco. This was a last minute holiday that I booked, and one of the main reasons I booked it was the low cost of the trip. I paid about £100 return for the flight BUT if I had booked it earlier, then I could have got flights for less than £50 (see the photo below). A quick search on Ryanair.com gives a price of £47.18 in early October. The weather in Morocco at this time would...
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