• Majorelle Gardens in the Dry World

    The Sun Offers No Wisdom

    On a still afternoon in the baking sun on a street in Marrakech, the smell of an old city comes alive - dust and charcoal, stale food, incense, motor oil, damp stone.
  • Dry World: Essaouira Blue Boats

    The Essaouira Murex

    Notes on travel to Morocco's Atlantic coast city of Essaouira, where I explore the Jimi Hendrix fable and the historical blue dye everpresent in each back alley.
  • In the dry world: Marrakech Arches

    The Marrakech Orangerie

    Why do we travel? In these notes from Marrakech, Morocco, I offer a different view of the pleasures and purposes of travel as I pursue the color and taste orange.
  • Tangier, Morocco

    Tangier and the Imaginary Fromager

    To follow in the footsteps of the world's greatest cheese traveler, we must begin in Tangier.
  • Marrakech, Morocco Drawings and Sketches

    Morocco Sketches and Illustrations

    My moleskine journal from Marrakech, as well as sketches and illustrations of Moroccan food, architecture and more.

What is the Dry World?

The Sahara, The Atlas Mountains and the Nile

You can see it clearly on any physical map. The Dry World is that only region colored in the khaki mocha tone of the Sahara sands. This region, then, is defined loosely by the Sahara desert, the Atlas Mountains in the west, and the Nile River in the east.

Arabic and Berber Languages

The Dry World is dominated by just two languages; the related languages of Arabic and Berber.

The Exit Point from Africa

Perhaps our greatest story is how we populated the world, a question which begins with how early humans, and also early hominins, left the African continent. The likely migration route is through North Africa. Anthropologists believe our ancestors have been migrating out of Africa for as long as 1.8 million years. This lends to the region's mystery as an ancient place, and a connection between the oldest civilizations.