January 31, 2023

And so today, part two of this journey around the world begins. Part 1 was the solo journey from Hawaii to Australia then Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Dubai, and Morocco – almost exactly on the other side of the globe from Hawaii. Here in Morocco it has been my extreme pleasure to connect with old friends, make new friends, and revisit the past while stepping into the future. Just as it is so clear that Morocco itself is doing. If the Morocco of today, had existed nine years ago and the America of today had existed nine years ago – I might not have left – but, this is today and we still have things to do in the USA.

I say we, because on this second half of the RTW trip, I’m joined by my almost 11-year-old daughter. She has been hanging out at her grandparents house in Sefrou, connecting with her Moroccan heritage and family. I’m pretty stoked she has had this chance as she will be entering middle school this year and I think that’s a pretty important time to have a grasp on your identity. She’s definitely an American girl but she needs to understand that she is also a Moroccan girl too – and all that entails.

Pretty cool that we get to do this. This will be a very different kind of trip than the one I was on the past month – but I’m pretty excited for us to have the chance to embark upon it. I leave Morocco not knowing if or when I will return, but knowing that she will and as a result of this time spent here – she will always have a place here.

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