When we left Wheaton last year in April, all our possessions were packed in our Prius (and the storage unit). We went to California for 3 months and stopped on our way to the airport to drop off a lot of stuff with Amanda, since she’s in CA. We left for Barcelona with 4 suitcases.

Five months have passed since our return from Barcelona, and we are hitting the road again and Voila! we are down to one suitcase each. Plus generous carry-ons.3.8.16 Leaving NYC-005sm Advice to travellers: Avoid driving through the NY area. Yes, it cost less to drive from Syracuse to JFK, even with the $250 drop off fee, but the tolls were a shock. $15 to cross the George Washington Bridge, and $8 more to cross the Whitestone. I was glad to turn our car in.

We had to hug Lyra a lot, since she was the only daughter available for hugging. She was a champ to brave the traffic to come and see us at the airport. This may never happen again.

Traveling business class makes the best of a long night.3.8.16 Leaving NYC-008smAs I mentioned on Facebook, the business class lounge for Iberia in Madrid is excellent. We whiled away the time until our flight to Marrakech. The day was perfect, and we could see Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in North Africa (left), and Gibraltar (right).

3.9.16 Mor Day 1 Ceuta-Gibraltar.16 Mor Day 1-003smWe landed in Marrakesh and were collected by a taxi from our hotel, Riad Selouane. The driver got a man with a cart to take our suitcases from the taxi to the riad, because it is in the Medina where cars are not allowed. The streets are only one lane, and very narrow.