Ships of the Desert

Ships of the Desert

(Reis) Camels are generally repulsive mammals. They often sit around, resting in their own feces, chewing their cuds, doing nothing all day. Also, they make the most nauseating, guttural, gurgling sound from the back of their throats.  Camels might not win the “ Little Miss Morocco” pageant; in fact they are tremendously ugly. Not exactly […]

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Sand Playground

Sand Playground

(Andrew) In the Sahara there is SAND. Sand behind your ear, sand in your hair, sand in your shoes and sand in towering dunes. We arrived in Erg Chebbi after 3 hours in our Hyundai Minivan. Everyone was exhausted but buzzing because of the view of the dunes. As soon as we had unpacked, we […]

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Ode to Camera

Ode to Camera

(Emma) Ever since early Africa I have been into photography, and I owe it all to our African guide, Fausto. He taught me how to compose the picture, and also how to work all the settings. Without his advice and information, I wouldn’t have been the photographer I am today. I fell in love with […]

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Morocco Markets

Morocco Markets

The Medina (ancient walled city) of Marrakech is known for its Souks (markets) and for good reason.  Winding kilometers of narrow streets are packed with shops and stalls selling a wide variety of the same stuff: colorful babouche (handmade slippers), polished wood boxes, metal lanterns, vibrant scarves, chunky silver jewelry, aromatic spices, woven reed bags […]

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6explorers Morocco

6explorers Morocco

Our hard-earned thirst for sleeping in uncomfortable and wild places is about to be slaked again. We are in Terminal E at Logan airport en route to Casablanca.  We will explore the souks of Marrakech, drive our rented minivan on dangerously winding roads along the sheer cliffs of the Todra and Dades gorges and, to […]

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Happy 2012

Happy 2012

Naya sala mubaraka ho! Feliz Año Nuevo! furaha ya mwaka mpya! Hamingjusamur Nytt Ar! Stastny Novy Rok! Happy New Year!   Which photo do we use for our holiday card? When will the cards get back from the printer? Are all of our addresses up-to-date? Did we buy enough international stamps? This holiday, we decided […]

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Last Day Thoughts

Last Day Thoughts

We made a video of the kids’ feelings about the year before the trip; what they looked forward to, were afraid of and what they most anticipated. That video is in the Preparation section of this site. Now, as we wrestle with re-entry and the rhythm of everyday life, we will try to capture some […]

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Reflections

Reflections

(Dana) In recounting this year to friends and family back home, I have found myself reflecting on the more personal lessons I have learned. Some are obvious, but I wanted to get them onto the site in part to share them with others and in part to hold myself accountable to them as we return […]

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One Year in 2:43 seconds

One Year in 2:43 seconds

This is one of our favorites. Click on the video link below. Thanks to Coach Jay for the inspiration.          

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Lucky

Lucky

(Guest correspondent Eliza) What were the chances of me being in French Polynesia in 2011 at the exact same time the 6explorers were going to be here? And able to have some time off from work? One in millions probably. Call it destiny, coincidence, luck… And now, all I know is I couldn’t be more […]

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