Monday, 30 March 2015

Daily Life & Friends

We are now "Marrakchis" for real, living in the acient medina of Marrakech for 2,5 months. Its been a very positive experience to become a part of this community and meet so many nice and interesting people. We enjoy the ultimate luxury to actually have time, which makes it easy to say "yes" to everything fun that comes our way. After hectic careers for some 20 years it is fantastic to have all this time and no guilt what so ever. The transition has been remarkably easy and natural.

Spring is here!

We try to be open to everything that comes our way (a lot), do good things and be a part of our local little "tribe". Our neighbourhood is like a small micro universe where we look after each other and our new friends make our living here very inspiring.

Of course we miss our friends back home in Stockholm! Some of them pay visits to Marrakech but we really miss the daily routines with our dearest and closest ones! The dinners, the lunches, the long walks & talks. 

Morning light in our home town of Marrakech

We spend time studying (French and possibly Arabic later), do a little work online, travelling to Sweden for some board work and get involved in our local community, our new little tribe that we love and appreciate. We continue to work out at our beautiful gym/spa/palace and we meet so many amazing people. Of course we also want to contribute, do good, and therefore we are planning some charity work. We have explored the night life a bit more and found some new nice restaurants.

Disco continues to enjoy the sun and our new hoods.

The outdoor pool of our gym is amazing to relax by after a work out, Palais Es Saadi

The days in the sun pass by in a very fullfilling way. Spring is finally here for real, the almond and orange trees are in full bloom and the temperature is perfect: warm but not too hot.

Let us introduce you to a few of our new and old friends:

Maryam Montague is a humanitarian professional who also run beautiful Peacock Pavilions (boutique hotel), founder of Project Soar (helping underprivilged girls), author of the book Marrakech by design (voted best book on Amazon - buy it!) and a fabolous person. We are discussing to start and develop some "do good" projects together. 
Maria Sebant is also a Swede in Marrakech and the owner of Riad Saba. She is great fun. Here we are on a gallery opening some weeks ago.

Eric Marie Saint Germain (right) is the owner beautiful Palais Riad Lamrani with top restaurant Le Table du Palais, where we often come for lunch in the lush garden.

Vanessa Branson is a philantropist, the owner of El Fenn and director of TEDx talks in Marrakech, we attended this inspiring event some weeks ago and were thrilled to meet this great lady who is joining us for drinks soon.

Our Swedish friend Rossana Mariano is a former supermodel and the founder as well as CEO of PR agency RMPR, one of her clients is the Royal Palm outside Marrakech. Here enjoying lunch with us at Palais Lamrani.

YAY - our amazing friends Annelie and Stefan joined for some days of fun, here we are after dinner at Royal Mansour

Checking out the photo museum with Annelie & Stefan - so great to have a lot of quality time with these great guys.

Pop-up dinner with UK celebrity chef at Dar Cigognes. Per with Amanda and Maryam at this dinner party.

Beautiful and talented Andrea is both a riad owner, art lover and fashion entrepreneur who we look forward to get to know even better!

Christian and Ricardo from Brazil are great guys who found us through this blog (!)

Great ladies, Kathryne (left) from the US and Patricks friend from school Chris (right) both live in apartments in Gueliz. Here we are at Cafe Arabe

Brave Jennifer from the US bought a small house close to us and did an amazing job renovating and designing it, almost done!

Susanne is the owner of Munich Models, here we are at TEDx talks at El Fenn

Pauline from Sweden came by for a few days, here lunch at Villa Flore

Childhood friends Jenny and Maria came by for lunch at our riad, turned into a wonderful afternoon!

It's been an amazing time so far and we look forward to more friends and family visiting. We are planning to continue to discover Morocco. After our Sahara adventure in March we will tour the northern parts of Morocco in April and return to the Atlas mountains in May.

Cocktails, great discussions and amazing interiors at Maryams beautiful home and chic boutique hotel Peacock Pavilions

Possibly the most beautiful stairway in existence, at Peacock Pavilions

Some more inspiration from Peacock Pavilions

So what else is new? We are back from London where Lindex opened a beautiful new store to mark the UK entry of the brand. During our days in London there were also som board meetings for Per and Patrick visited friends. There will be some more meetings and studying for both of us, we spend about 20-25% of our time working, which is a good way to stay tuned to the business life back home and keep alert (as way as pay the bills). We are going to do some additional shopping for the riad, have some paint work done (again) and a real live Gladiator and TV star (!!) is on her way to visit us. We also look forward to some fun evenings with our new friends and formalising our "do good" project.

Lindex in London! Per (chairman), Rossana & Eva (board members), Ingvar (CEO) at the first store opening in UK last Friday.

Now we are off to tour the northern parts of Morocco for 10 days! Update will follow when we are back.

Over and out from our life on the edge of the desert,