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Un thé à la menthe, s’il vou plaîs!

The moroccan tea, atay, besides being a national drink, is also a sign of friendship, generosity, hospitality and, above all, a tradition!

In Morocco link, the history of tea is debatable. There are some historians who argue that its introduction in this culture took place in the 12th century B.C. with the arrival of the phoenicians. Others, argue that it was in the 18th century during the growing trade between Maghreb and Europe. Regardless of how or when was that it appeared in the country, it’s a wonderful drink, which gives more flavor to the moroccan cuisine and delights those who drink it!

Although it began as a luxurious ritual, associated with an elevated status, quickly spread to the entire population, reaching the caravans of the Sahara and the Atlas Mountains. Today, is part of the daily life of moroccan families who serve it throughout the day, with or without food or as companion of a good conversation. In fact, it occupies a so important role in social life that, in jest, it is often called the moroccan or berber whiskey!

And what makes it so special? The art with which it is prepared and the ceremony with which it is served! A traditional teapot, samovar, of moroccan tea has placed step by step, gunpowder green tea, boiling water, a large handful fresh mint leaves and sugar. Served in a traditional tray, the sinya, the small glasses are, many with elegant design, where tea is regularly shed, between half and a meter in height, in order to improve the taste, create some foam and allow the host to demonstrate his art of serving! The first served tea is not consumed, and serves only to heat the cup, as well as the host verify that it meets the desired flavor. In the second round, the taste of your perdition begins!

When visiting Morocco link, accept the invitation for a tea. Sit down calmly, observe the whole ritual since its preparation until it being served. At every sip that you give, close your eyes and enjoy the taste, bitter and sweet in perfect levels. Relax and watch the time go by to the rhythm of a good conversation with a local. At home, the longing will arise for sure!


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Swimming with giant turtles and whale sharks in Philippines, having magic encounters with orangutans in Borneo’s rainforests, hanging out with villagers in remote mountains in Indonesia, being absorbed by colours, smells and people in India, sharing smiles in Vietnam…My name is Miriam and I’m the CEO and, at the same time, Tour Leader on the travel agency The Wanderlust. I started travelling at the age of 8 and nowadays I spend my time between Portugal and the world, backpacking and wandering through countries with a culture and civilization completely different from mine.You may find me losing myself between streets and alleys, smells, sounds and tastes. Enjoying the silence of the mountains, the majesty of temples and the vastness of the forests. Observing animals in their natural habitats and the daily lives of the people who cross my path. Feeling the differences that make us unique and, at the same time, equals! For sure you will find me delighting in a beautiful beach, riding some good waves and exploring the wonderful underwater world.As a traveller, what really moves me is the chance of collecting moments, memories, experiences, friendships but, above all, the opportunity of leaving something good behind, knowing that in some way I changed someone’s life, even if it is just for a few seconds…with a smile.



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