Book ReviewLifestyleVOLUME 15 ISSUE # 24

Adventures in Morocco

When Alice Morrison headed out to Morocco, it  was to take on one of the most daunting challenges:  to run in the famous Marathon des  Sables. Little did she expect to end up living  there. But once she settled in a flat in Marrakech,  she was won over by the people, the spectacular  scenery and the ancient alleyways of the souks.  Soon she was hiking over the Atlas mountains,  joining nomads to sample their timeless way of  life as they crossed the Sahara desert, and finding  peace in a tranquil oasis. Despite more than  10 million tourists coming to Morocco each year, there are remarkably few  books about its people, their customs and the extraordinary range of places  to visit, from bustling markets to vast, empty deserts. Alice makes sure she  samples it all, and as she does she provides a stunning portrait of a beautiful  country. As a lone woman, she often attracts plenty of curiosity, but her willingness  to participate – whether thigh deep in pigeon droppings in a tannery  or helping out herding goats – ensures that she is welcomed everywhere by  a people who are among the most hospitable on the planet.