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Travel | Morocco: Marrakech to Merzouga

In December, George and I packed our bags and hopped a plane to … Africa! It was a whole new continent for both of us, the first Muslim country, and the first time George had traveled outside of the U.S. / Europe. More than any other trip we’ve taken, this one was uncomfortable and challenging. There were large cultural barriers, and we experienced for the first time what it’s like to be a minority – incredibly visible, targeted, noticed.  It took some getting used to, but Morocco was an amazing country to experience.

© 2017 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.comMy overwhelming visual impression of Morocco is one of color. I typically take a lot of “street” style pictures and convert a lot of them into black and white. You’ll find little of that in these posts. This is both because the locals are not cool with having their photo taken and because everything is so damn colorful. Each city seemed to have a signature color – red in Marrakech, blue in Chefchaouen, yellow in Fez and burnt clay in the desert. The towns in the countryside rise up from their terrain organically and it’s easy to miss them in the landscape. Morocco is a singularly beautiful place.

Happy Anniversary to my guy. Seven years!

I recently wrote an email to someone I haven’t talked to in a year. Here’s what my bullet-point summary of the year looks like:

  • I moved to Sweden.
  • I closed my business.
  • I learned Swedish.
  • Then I learned how to program.
  • Now I teach programming.
  • This year I’ve traveled to: Budapest, Poland, Dresden, Berlin & Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and in a couple days, Morocco.

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Every year I write a summary and say “it’s been a crazy year” and every year I’ve been exaggerating, until now. Moving to a new country is weird and a little bit hard and lonely and scary. But we’ve done it and it’s almost been a year and everything is pretty much OK.

George is even more awesome than the day we got married and I’m so proud and happy and excited to be his wife. He’s so clever and funny and kind. And he puts up with all my shit. It’s great. Marriage is great. Here’s photos. Happy anniversary babe!

Sweden Update #5 | Now I’m an employed web developer

Holy crap – who is that girl? It’s me, it’s me! I’m alive and now I’m a web developer / programming teacher and I have a job like a real adult. Yes, it’s been a long time since I wrote. I was busy learning how to write code, see. (In the meantime, WordPress has become a whole new beast – what.) And I went to London and Munich. But not anywhere else – it’s been a crazy three months. I’ll tell you all about it.

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So last we spoke I was about to head into bootcamp with Craft Academy. I did that. It was all kinds of things: exciting, challenging, stressful, fun, intense, painful. I wrote blog posts about that, too, but I did it over on Medium, which I guess is where I’m going to blog about stuff like that.

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