Thomas Hollowell - Author, Athlete, Entrepreneur, World Traveler

Escape: Yallah Morocco

This Morocco trekking feature appeared in Escape Magazine (Poland) and was translated for the issue. Contact Thomas for more information.








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Souks in Fez, Morocco

Walking over the crooked stones lining the conurbation of hilly alleyways that form the medina of Fez, the smell of mule dung hangs in the musty air, as it has for over a thousand years. From the 11th to the 15th centuries, this was North Africa’s epicenter of commerce, science, and religion. Saints lived and died here. Kings chose it for their thrones. Bartering still means boisterous haggling while shopkeepers offer sweet mint tea. Transporters yell “balak!” (Clear the path!) leading overburdened animals of labor.
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Have Bike, Will Travel

Two months before completing a one-year teaching contract in the small Korean province of Jeju Island, wanderlust beckoned and I longed for an exciting adventure, something extraordinary and uncommon.

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The Sirens of Jeju Island

Off the shores of Jeju-do (Cheju Island), nowhere close to the ancient isle of Capri in the Tyrrhenian Sea, you might hear a strange, distant sound echoing off the seaside cliffs of Songsan (Sunrise Peak). Odysseus, who might have heard similar alluring sounds as he rapidly plugged his mates’ ears with wax, knew that the peculiar melody meant certain death if the ship approached too close. However, unlike Odysseus, you won’t have to tie yourself to the mast to witness these sirens of Asia — the haenyo divers of Jeju.

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