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Susan
Atlanta, Georgia
Interests: writing, travelling, politics,movies
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Maryam... this is so hard! I feel for you and your husband and what you are going through. I think many of your readers (myself included) enjoy escaping from the everyday grind by immersing ourselves in your adventures in Marrakech and beyond. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that despite living in an exotic locale and having a seemingly enchanted lifestyle...problems, obstacles, personal difficulties- these all have no regard for location, circumstances, strength, NOTHING! Sometimes you just need to step back and breathe. Perhaps this is what Chris needs now... I cannot even imagine the day-in and day-out pressure and stress of building PP, literally from when the seed was planted in your heads! And add to this the financial catastrophe of the past year (which I feel from a personal standpoint, also) and actually living there among the construction and chaos (which I have to believe is at least as insane as Turkey)... it is easy to understand and appreciate your husband's perspective. My hope is that both you and your family are able to get through this "down" period and Chris is able to find the energy to complete what must seem(and is) a monumental task. The most important thing is the love you share, for each other and your family. Everything else if just icing on the cake. I'm pulling for you!! (plus we want to visit you when you're all finished, whenever it is... we're flexible!!) Kudos for sharing this with us.
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These all look so delicious. I love beets and they make a wonderful cold salad when pickled and combined with mild goat cheese... sounds strange but it's yummy. And my husband makes the most wonderful Turkish lentil soup, mercimek corba... I would rather watch the chickens running around and clucking! Maybe chasing your little "landscaper".
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Hi Tara! I'm enjoying your writings so much... I'm so grateful to have found you through Maryam in Marrakech! I just had to comment on this post because we, too, love old daggers. Ours were purchased in Istanbul and your story of the bargaining process brought back so many wonderful memories. When my Turkish husband and I would be searching for old pieces (or anything, for that matter!) I would just smile (hum... I know it sounds terrible) and let him do the talking because the MOMENT they thought I was a yabanci (foreigner) the prices would rise astronomically! I know a few words of Arabic (many are similar to Turkish) and somehow it has always worked out fine! What a lovely adventure for you. (and yes, John, please PLEASE sit down!!)
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2009 on The art of the deal at Paris Parfait
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Hi Maryam! So absolutely gorgeous. It is so fascinating to read and observe the ebb and flow of your adventure! One week so down, the next week soaring... how wonderful. You are an inspiration to me as far as following your dreams and not being diverted by "circumstances"... anything and everything are possible! Thank you so much for sharing.
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Ah Maryam-I totally understand what you are feeling and going through...when I first arrived in Turkey, every little thing made me crazy...the building imperfections, the water suddenly going off in the middle of the shower (always when your hair was slathered in shampoo and you couldn't open your eyes), the electricity shutting down constantly, the insanity that was traffic... the list was never-ending and growing by the day... but then, I began to relax and realize I wasn't going to be able to change these things...they just were normal for Turkey and as soon as I made this brilliant discovery (!) I truly began to appreciate and love everything about my life there. You all will get through all these things...and knowing you have so many people pulling for you and hoping to visit there... it will all happen. And trust me, no one who stays with you will notice a wall that's "off" or paint that's not "perfect"... we used to have a saying in Turkey- the motto was "ready, fire, aim". That pretty much puts it all into perspective! Hang in there!!
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I can attest to the perfection of Morocco and choosing it for such a momentous and beautiful occassion! Selcuk and I honeymooned there and we kept changing our flight back to Istanbul because we didn't want the magic to end...(it didn't, sly wink!) Please keep us posted on James' and Maude's adventure. Secondly, I'm continuing to vote everyday for your wonderful blog! True, we need the coverage of political and world happenings... but sometimes the heart and soul need a little nourishment, and for that, I come to you. Merci beaucoup!
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Beautiful photographs... we have been there in the frigid winter time and it has its own loveliness, just as the other seasons do. The air must have been so sharp and clean when you took these... Thank you for keeping Gaza "upfront" in everyone's minds. It is so easy to get caught up in everyday life and forget the horrendous events that are unfolding around us... but I truly believe what happens to one, happens to us all. When will "enough" finally be "enough"?
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2009 on Winter wonderland at Paris Parfait
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Hi Maryam! A new year and new progress! How wonderful for you and your family... it all looks so fabulous and I am so happy for you. Susan p.s. still waiting to hear about the Turkish NGO. no reply as yet from Kaydee.
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Happy New Year, Maryam! And best wishes for you and your family. May all your dreams be realized... I look forward to sharing your adventures throughout the coming year.
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We have these same kebab skewers from Turkey... a bit different design on the tops but equally fun! Love the porcupine quills. Be thankful you are not inundated with Ikea, Crate and Barrel, etc... the U.S. is saturated with these stores... and their mind-numbing offerings. Wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous New Year!
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2008 on Africa: and shopping for oddities at My Marrakesh
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Merry Christmas, Maryam! I'm so happy to have found your blog this year and always look forward to hearing about all that is happening in your part of the world... and enjoying your gorgeous photographs and arresting commentaries. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and the New Year brings much happiness and joy to you and your family. Selcuk and I would love to re-visit Marrakesh when your Peacock Pavilions eventually opens...yavas, yavas, slowly, slowly. It will all happen!
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Maryam, I'm wondering how you emotionally travel among all these places and then return home to Marrakech... it must be a delicate balancing act. Your insights and photos are wonderful, as always. Stay safe.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2008 on Africa: and tales of sex and poison at My Marrakesh
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Really beautiful photos...they mesmerize! Be safe.
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I remember when I was living in Turkey and every morning,on my way to the school where I taught, I would pass the tents and fields where all the animals were kept...just literally on the side of the main road... the ones who had been chosen would have a bright red or yellow paint mark on them... it was always hard to see them and know what was going to happen to them soon. But the ideal behind the sacrifice is a generous one and today, in the smaller villages, it is still very much needed for the poorer families. Your photos are so heart-warming, Maryam!
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I can almost smell the beautiful flowers in your Thanksgiving post! It was a pleasure to see after an evening of watching the horror from Mumbai... thank you thank you. p.s. I can't open any of the comments from your previous post about writing, writing, writing! me,too :-( problem?
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