Hi, i'm writing this blog page to share information with all you wanderlust souls out there. Living in Morocco comes with lots of bizarre and unexpected events, which i thought you may enjoy reading about and sharing in the laughter.

My family and I moved to Marrakech 11 years ago from London. The beginning of a huge adventure for us. Choosing which country was right for us to live in had been an extremely long and tiring process. Having made a choice to move to Marrakesh, was in itself a big box ticked. We had two criteria lists, one for our business (opening and running a guesthouse) and one for personal.

Phase two of our journey then began. Setting up home in Morocco, also a non English speaking country with a very different culture to ours. Marrakech is a real melting pot of; languages, tribes, rich, poor, city slickers, country peasants. It sometimes reminds me of that place Luke Skywalker went to, to buy that space ship, with all those different intergalactic aliens. (Any one know what it was called?) After months of beauroctratic paperwork, rendez vous with people who don't turn up and renting from an unpleasant woman for a large amount of money, we bought ourselves a villa. This was not in the plan as we didn't want to tie up our capital in a home. I now realise it is one of the best things we could have done. When you've had a really difficult day here to be able to close the door and relax in your own place really balances you.

Zamzam Riad & Spa was eventually created out of love and we hope you will come and stay and be pampered in our luxury boutique riad.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Traditional Moroccan Cooking Classes - Zamzam Riad

 We are having a real laugh at Zamzam with the cooking classes on of the great things to do in Marrakech at Zamzam. Two couples had a class together last week, I joined in as I love to when I have time. After discussing what we will cook we head off to the local market to buy our produce which is always an eye opener especially when buying live chickens. I keep telling everyone at least we know they are fresh!
The delicious traditional Moroccan salads that we serve as a starter or mainly for lunch with a variety of kebabs with marinades cooked over traditional charcoals.
This is a tomato and pepper salad and one of my favourites above is the aubergine with lots of olive oil.
 Hmmmmmmmm not the most beautiful briouates I have ever seen and these were made before a glass of wine. They are usually perfectly triangular filo parcels which are then deep friend. They are filled with cheese, mince, vegetables like a somosa. Any keen foodies, come to Zamzam for some delicious meals and let us know if you'd like to do a cooking course. Email Emma - or call 00212 (0)661215062

The cooking classes are also part of the upcoming Yoga and Reiki Retreat on 25 June.
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Creating the Guest House

We had decided to buy land and build a country guesthouse as per our business plan, about 10 double rooms and suites. The dream was to create a holistic retreat and build our house on the same plot. We were going to have an organic vegetable garden and provide a Moroccan Spa.

Land in Marrakech at that time, went mad. Prices going up daily, lots of people fishing but not really wanting to sell. There is also a problem here of title. ie not much land is titled and to buy land without a title is very difficult, unless you have a lot of time on your hands and like a gamble. We looked at more land than you can shake a stick at, drank more mint tea than you can imagine and got totally no where. It can take weeks to even get a price. You may be being shown a piece of land that isn't for sale or has already been sold. After a year of this we said 'that is it!, we are buying a riad!'

I had a total nervous breakdown and couldn't talk to anyone for three days. He then said this doesn't have to be the end....... It wasn't I have now built an Ecological Camp Adounia in the Sahara Desert!