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.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Camping on the Moroccan Coast with children

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In these pictures you can see our camp on the third night where we also had delicious fresh fish from the local fisherman.

The next two photos show the 4th night camp which was my favourite ontop of a little cliff over looking the waves and the beach. What a romantic spot for dinner. Nick also brought with him a number of fun beach games the children absolutely loved it.

Luxury Beach Camp Morocco

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This was my favourite camp, Marcus on guitar and Uma dancing her socks off! look at the photos of the perfect beach totally deserted just for us!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Let Sleeping Babes Lie - Marrakech

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This is the latest and most gorgeous new arrival - Malek, she couldn't be more perfect and I thought I would share these sweet photos of her that I took while her mother Fatiya was working. I am hoping the stalks will deliver me one, a Malek that is. I also recently came across a really interesting and helpful blog written by an American lady who is married to a Moroccan, they live in Qatar. It gives useful information on the kafala/adoption system in Morocco - Baby Maghrib

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Zamzam Wedding Cakes - Marrakech, Morocco

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Recent dotty wedding cake! a bit like the dotty maker! Email me for prices or requests, desperate to make something wacky - Emma

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!