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Nicole Griffin

Picture Yourself in Morocco....

Picture yourself floating in a hot air balloon, taking in the bustle of Marrakech from above.  Suddenly the din of the mopeds, the snake charmers, and the calls to prayer fade out and all you can see is color.  The pink ochre architecture, the green palm trees, the bright blue sky, and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains resemble a soft landscape painting.  You are aware of activity below, but you float above it, peacefully, gaining a new perspective on the hustle as you buoy through the sky. Now picture yourself sitting in a beautiful, lush garden, sipping tea from a glass packed with fresh mint leaves.  Read More

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Nicole Griffin

This is the blog that I created after spending a year abroad in the Middle East and North Africa.  My intention was to share my love of the region and to positively influencie perceptions of the MENA region to encourage engagement and investment.

 

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Nicole Griffin

Dreaming of Yoga + Culture Retreats

One of my goals for 2018 is to lead an international yoga retreat.  Ever since I studied abroad in Ankara, Turkey in 2007, I have been obsessed with sharing my deep appreciation for the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  My affinity for the region runs deep as does my stubborn desire to positively influence perceptions of it.  I started a blog while I was still in business school called Because I Love Sand.  Here, I explored topics that I felt would make the region seem less scary, intimidating and unfamiliar to friends and family back home.  I wrote about pomegranates, princesses, and Phoenicians and attempted to translate the charm and wonder of the Middle East and North Africa.  I have not updated it in almost four years, but it is a project that I still feel extremely proud of.   Read More

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