Jarjeer Mules Marrakech

The Mules of Marrakech

It’s no secret that I have a massive love for animals and every time we travel I seem to make furry friends wherever we go.  In fact, my doctor always recommends that I get a rabies shot whenever we travel because, whether I’m living with lions in South Africa, saying hello to street dogs in India, cuddling flea ridden kittens in Fiji, or doing my usual job of volunteering at London Zoo, absolutely nothing can keep me away from animals.

So when I started my research on Marrakech and came across Jarjeer Mules, a retirement home and care centre for donkeys just a short drive out of the city, there was no doubt in my mind that we had to go.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

As part of our Inca Trail tour with G Adventures we visited Ccaccaccollo, a small community in the Sacred Valley that still lives in the traditional Peruvian way of life. We visited the women’s weaving project where we met some of the ladies who showed us how they worked from hand-spinning the wool, making natural dyes to dye the wool and then weaving it.

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The Contiki Storytellers Challenge

I’ve been lucky enough in my life to travel to some amazing destinations and experience the beauty that the world has to offer, from snow-capped mountains and sandy deserts, to tropical rainforests and modern cities. The world is an incredible place and, while I might be easily pleased, there really is so much to see in one life time that can take your breath away.

It upsets me to see when people treat our planet with no respect and, because of this, things are gradually being ruined. Rainforests are being chopped down, lots of animal species are facing extinction and the world is just becoming a dirtier and greyer place.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

This is one of my favourite photos from the time I spent volunteering at a lion park in South Africa.

Emma the cheetah is the friendliest cat you could ever meet – friendlier even than my domestic tabby at home. She would play with everyone, wait patiently while I filled her water bowl, lie down next to me and fall asleep, all the while purring happily.  Within seconds she would make you feel completely at ease being around a full grown cheetah!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Tanzania is one of the most incredible countries I’ve ever been to; not only is the wildlife and landscape amazing, but we also fell in love with the people when we did some volunteer work in Moshi.

Every afternoon we would make our way through the fields to Swiwsco Orphanage, where we helped look after the children and played with them until we were all exhausted. The boys all loved Alex, one of very few male volunteers, who played football with them and taught them some tricks.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

Seeing as I’m not a pirate and don’t often go deep-sea diving, I haven’t come across much real treasure in my life.  So instead I thought of something that was important to me, something that should be treasured, and my favourite animal in the world came to mind.

I love tigers with a passion.  Not only are they stunningly beautiful but they are graceful as well as strong, playful as well as dangerous.  Every time I do my volunteer work at London Zoo, I make sure I pay a visit to the tigers and hours can pass where I just sit and watch them.

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My Latest Adventures

This weekend has been a pretty fun one so I thought I’d update you on my latest antics and adventures around London.

On Friday night I went to Traverse Mingle, a big event for travel bloggers and anyone in the travel industry to get together to socialise, network and have fun.  It was held in the plush Cumberland Hotel on Oxford Street and we even had a mini red carpet to get our pic snapped on!  So of course I had to put a pretty frock on!  Everything was free all night – entry, canapés and drinks so it was bound to be a messy night for most!

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Living with Lions

After a short drive out of the city and into the bush in the back of a dusty truck, I found it hard to believe what I was seeing.  Inside a fenced off area a group of people were sitting on a picnic bench chatting away and…wait…what…this can’t be right…several lion cubs and two full grown cheetahs sitting within a few feet of them?  Was I seeing things?!

But no, my eyes were working perfectly fine it seemed, as we were shown to our room within the fence.  Yep, our little cabin at the lion reserve was actually inside the lion enclosure.  I knew that we would be working closely with lions – that’s what we’d signed up for when we decided to volunteer at a lion sanctuary in South Africa that looks after orphaned cubs – but this went far beyond what I could have imagined.

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Do Something Different

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” Tony Robbins

I’m the type of person who likes to live life to the fullest and make the most of every day.  If I could, I’d travel the world, see every corner of the earth and do everything out there there is to do, but sometimes, with a mortgage, bills to pay and a full time job that can be a bit difficult.  I was getting fed up of having the same routine – wake up, work, home, eat, sleep, with the occasional night out or trip to the cinema and I wanted to do something more exciting around the normality of a routine life.

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Losing My Heart To Africa

The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.” Richard Mullin

For my first post about one of my adventures, the only thing that I could possibly talk about is somewhere that is very close to my heart.  In fact, it’s somewhere so close to my heart that I’m pretty sure I left it there when I returned home and it’s been calling me back ever since.

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