Jill & Tyler Selk

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Jill & Tyler Selk

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before - Dalai Lama



Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes » Monolithos May 19th 2014

Rodos Arriving in Rhodes and getting dropped off in the medieval town was unreal. My jaw literally dropped as we entered the old city that is protected by large stone walls. The whole old town is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The nickname for this island is “The Island of the Knights” and walking down the streets there is no question as to why. The architecture is amazing and wandering around transported me back to my five year old mind of what I always thought a medieval town would look like. I was immediately in awe and completely in love. We found our Hotel and checked in. Hotel Attiki is a beautiful property with a courtyard right in the middle of the medieval town. I absolutely loved our hotel. Our wonderful hosts Mara & Francesco were ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania May 14th 2014

Crete Arriving in Crete we disembarked our ship and begun looking for the Budget car rental booth. After walking in circles for ten minutes a nice gentleman with a giant "Tyler Selk" sign ran up to us. Apparently we had walked right by him and he was running after us for ten minutes. After getting the car we made our way over to Chania. The drive was long in the dark but we made if alright. When we arrived we immediately fell in love with the cobblestone streets that lined the harbour. We walked up and found our hotel. Our hotel was great and was run by a family that explained to me that Stavros the father grew up in Montreal. When I met him in the morning we spoke about Montreal. Stavros was also nice ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira May 12th 2014

Santorini We woke up at 5 am in Athens to make our boat over to Santorini. We jumped in a cab and made our way to the port. We boarded our boat and we were off. Five hours later we made it to Santorini. We disembarked and fell in love. It was beautiful. The water so beautiful. The cliffs were breathtaking. The nearby islands were stunning. We took a shuttle to the top of a very steep hill to the top of the hill. We were dropped off at our hotel and checked in. Our villa had two balconies- yes two! One facing the pool and the other the ocean. For fifty euros a night it doesn't get much better. The prices will skyrocket in a couple weeks when high season hits. After checking in we ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome May 10th 2014

Four days in Rome & Athens Arriving in Rome we instantly felt at home. The city was so clean and the weather was perfect. Not too cold or hot. Pulling up to our hotel we were in awe. The giant old building we were pulling up to did not look like a hotel but more of a tourist attraction as the building was huge and all in marble. We found our room and then explored. Our hotel was an old monastery and the church inside still exists. We were blown away by the beauty and really enjoyed looking around the property. We walked around the streets some and then returned to our hotel to get a good nights sleep. In the morning we made our way to the Coliseum and met up with the tour group ... read more
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Essaouira & El Jadida We arrived in Essaouira from Marrakech. The bus ride we took was a bit hectic, where the bus stopped and picked up locals going from one town to the next as we thought it was a direct bus without any stops. None the less at each stop "beggers" would climb onto the bus and ask for change. We made it safe and sound and walked to our Riad through the souk. The souk we found walking to our riad was a lot less hectic as it was in Marrakech so it was a bit relaxing. Upon arrival at our riad our place was beautiful, with immaculate paintings and art work everywhere (doors, ceiling, walls) which were quite unique pieces of art. After a short stop in our riad we went out walking ... read more
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The end of our drive into Marrakech was absolutely beautiful. We even stopped in a beautiful Berber village and we met an old man that gave me a beautiful necklace as a gift. We also bought some mineral rocks from him. It was a great end to our journey through the mountains and desert. Arriving in Marrakech it was busy. Luckily our new friend and driver Mustasa called the hotel and the manager came to meet us outside in the Medina so we would not get lost. We checked in and relaxed for a little before heading out to the market and for dinner. The market here is huge and we made our way to the famous Jemaa el Fna square that overlooks the big mosque. I however was slightly disappointed by Marrakech. There are so ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez May 1st 2014

Once we found our riad we were really impressed with the beauty of it. It had beautiful architecture and a beautiful courtyard. And luckily the girl that worked there spoke English so Tyler was finally able to communicate with someone other than me. They brought us tea and gave us a map outlining the main sites of the medina. From there we were brought to our room. Our room was gorgeous and was decorated with beautiful Moroccan woodwork. However one strange thing........ no door on the bathroom. It was just wide open in the room. Tyler and I ran into this problem in Thailand and worked out a system of one person waiting outside while the other used the washroom. We used this system again. The shower was also open with no curtain or anything which ... read more
Tannery
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Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat April 26th 2014

Friday at school was a day the kids get to play games. In the morning we got to do our usual and work with the younger children and then head to our stay home for the sacred couscous lunch. Our host family's couscous was amazing and I think it was our first meal without bread. We then headed back to school and Jill and my activity we did with the kids was show them how to make origami fortune tellers. We had them colour the outsides, place the numbers 1-8 on the insides and then wrote animal names on the inner sides. A lot of the kids loved them and wanted 2-3 to take home. We also got to play musical chairs and the kids and man are they ever aggressive! We stayed a lot longer ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat April 24th 2014

On Tuesday we went back to La Garderie Nour to work with the kids. It was tons of fun. In the morning we worked with the really young kids (probably age 1-3). They are so cute. We listened to the older kids recite the Koran and then we all had recess together. Recess was a lot of fun and consisted of us dancing to the Macarena and singing happy birthday. After lunch we went back to teach the older kids (age 4-10) English. There are about forty kids in this class. It was fun but I honestly was a little nervous. This age group is much harder to entertain. After school we found a cemetery overlooking the ocean. In the Islamic religion you must be buried on your right side facing towards Mecca. The cemetery was ... read more
Tour Hassan
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Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat April 21st 2014

2014-04-20 - We finally have arrived in Casablanca, Morocco after 21 hours of travelling (Calgary-Montreal-Paris-Casablanca). We took the train from the Casablanca Airport to Casa Voyagers station. The infrastructure here is quite shocking. You see some places that are nice and livable but you also see others that you think are condemned, as they look like they are going to fall down with the slightest breeze but people are still living in them. We got off the train and we were going to walk to our house we rented but could not get our orientation so we decide to take a taxi. It was even a bit tricky for our driver as not one street (that I seen) had signs identifying what road you are on or crossing...not sure how they do it here but man, ... read more
Kasbah des Oudayas
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