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It seems to me that you who live on the other side of the Atlantic travel with much less trouble and fanfare than do we on this side. 

For me I do believe I would have to fly to at least two or three other stops from my rather inconvenient location just to get to a place where I could leave the country.  I think it's about 2300 miles from here to Boston or NYC.  Then there that ocean in the way.  So I would have to fly over that.  
I know it can be done.  Many, many people from my city travel - usually to Ireland. 

My sister has been all over the world several times, but she lives in a city that is an airline hub.

A few years back she, her husband and my mother went to Morocco.  They ate seafood and got sick.  Real sick.  That was about the extent of their time there.


I know what you mean about distance to travel.  It was 14 hours non stop for us to get to SF, which is the longest single flight I've undertaken and it was exhausting.  Especially the return as it's overnight so by the time you land after having little of not very good sleep, if any at all, we had a drive from the airport to home, which is 60 miles!  After flying for that time it's not enjoyable.  Luckily we had a family member who took us to and picked us up from the airport, which was fantastic as a drive of an hour and more could have been risky.  I remember our trip to Washington involved 3 flights there and 3 back over something like 16 hours each way.  We spent 5 hours in JFK alone coming home.  It can be exhausting and tiresome.  You have to weigh up if it's worth it.  Apart form Marrakech, I've found the travel element of all my trips worth it.  Yes for us to travel to Europe and a bit beyond is more convenient.  But for us to travel to the States, especially the west coast (my favourite place so far) it's much more expensive and time consuming.  It took less than 3 hours flying for Marrakech yet more than 4 to get to Rome and Athens!  Both further south and both worth the extra time.     

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Unfortunately, my sister will not be travelling anymore.  She has been suffering from als for a while now.  That's the reason I've been going to Salt Lake City.  She lives there.  Her als is fast moving.  She has lost the use of her limbs, and her voice is almost gone.  She has trouble swallowing. And breathing.  She has PBA along with all the other crap that this horrible disease can throw at you.  

Well this post is certainly a downer.  

I doubt any of us have spare money laying around but if you ever feel like making a donation - think about ALS research.


I remember your previous post about your sister and the pic with your George Clooney lookalike.  It's a horrible time of life when ages catch up with us and the ailments and problems that comes with it.  I hope you and you sister enjoy the visits as much as you can and I'm sure she appreciates the time you are having with her.

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Oh - Helen I was going to talk about your trip to Marrakesh.  It sounds interesting.  I love what you said about the desert.  I never thought I would like a desert but after seeing what you wrote - maybe I would.  
Thank you for posting all the pictures.  I always enjoy those.


It was the only part of the trip we liked.  No LOVED.  We would not hesitate to book a whole week living in those tents and having no cares while there.  If people want to experience any part of Morocco or Marrakech that's fine.  For me and hubby it's not a place we liked, but that's us and everyone is different.  But to revisit that camp for a week sleeping in a tent and lying on our backs looking at the sky and everything in it is a no brainer.  We're there.  And think of quad biking on those dunes and climbing them on foot.  It certainly has the WOW factor.  We know we're lucky to have experienced it all though.


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Can't y'all put up a tent and camp out in Scotland, too, though, LOL and look up at the stars, and have more to see than just white sand in the Sahara? Just pickin' at ya.
and ali, I know you've seen deserts in the Western U.S.A., LOL. It's awesome.
Haggis I will re-read your report on the exotic Morroco when I get more time, looking forward to that, I just got to glimpse it.

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Hey there Pinkie, 

There are no deserts in the Northwest.  I live in the Rockies.  I live on the Continental Divide and I suppose if you go east of that you can run into some desert in Montana.  But I don't go there.  Nope.


I guess the closest I ever got to deserts is driving through Nevada, but that nothing like the sand deserts in Morocco.

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ali, your post made me think of that movie I used to really like "Continental Divide" that starred Blair Brown and John Belushi (?) I seem to recall those were the stars
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"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone

"Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie
"Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting
"Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan
"I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani
"You can beat us with wires, you can beat us with chains;
You can make all your rules but you can't outrun the history train...I seen a glorious day"--Paul Simon
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