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Marrakech, Morocco March 05 2023

The cool thing about living in Europe is how cheap it is to travel. Morocco has been on my list for years, so when I found a roundtrip ticket for €89 to Marrakech, I jumped on it. 

Morocco is a beautiful country with lots to do. The food, the people, the museums, the history, and the landscapes are amazing and worth experiencing. At first, I wanted to spend one month in Morocco in order to visit different cities in one go: Fes, Agadir, Meknes, Rabat, Tangier, Chefchaouen, and, of course, Marrakech. However, now that I live in Europe and flights to Morocco are cheap, I will take multiple trips in order to visit the cities on my list.

I stayed in the Medina, but next time that I visit Marrakech, I will stay in Gueliz, which is a posh neighborhood where the Yves Saint Laurent/Le Jardin Majorelle/Musée Berbère museum complex is located. Also, it is a 20 minute walk to the Medina. The Medina is something to experience for a day or two, but it can be overwhelming. Luckily, I know some Moroccans who gave me tips on how to avoid the tourist traps. Gueliz has everything that the Medina has, but at a fraction of the cost and without the copious amounts of scammers who will approach you unsolicited.

Le Jardin Majorelle

The Medina is very touristy and overpriced, but there are many nice museums and sites that are worth seeing. A word of advice, if someone approaches you, do not entertain them. They will try to give you directions, then escort you to the place and demand a tip for being your "tour guide." Google Maps works well in Marrakech, so you do not need a guide. They will also tell you that there is a tannery in Marrakech and will offer to take you there or they will chat you up so that they can take you to a store where they have an arrangement with the store owner. Say no firmly or ignore them and keep walking. In the Square where the snake charmers are, a photo with any of the entertainers will cost you. Give them 10 MAD ($1) for the photo and if they demand more, threaten to delete the photo. Also, there are women who do henna in the Square and will walk up to you, grab your hand, and try to put henna on your hand. Again, be firm, snatch your hand back, and walk away. Do NOT get henna in the Square. They use black henna that is low quality and contains harmful PPD. I went to Henna Louaya and had a fantastic design with high quality henna. The Square is amazing at night. There are many musical acts performing a range of local music, but beware of pickpockets.

Gwana is one of my favorite styles of music in Morocco and the Museum of Music Muassine features live performances of Gwana on Fridays. Mondays is Al-Andalus music and Wednesdays is Berber music. Unfortunately, I didn't find out about these concerts in time to see the Al-Andalus performance

Shopping in the Medina can be overwhelming. Most shops sell the same stuff, so if you don't get the price that you want at one shop, you can go to another. Bargain about 50% less than the initial asking price. Also, most shops in the Medina sell fake or low quality argan oil. I recommend Arganino for high quality and authentic argan oil.

No trip to Morocco is complete without a hammam experience. I went to Alphais Spa, which I highly recommend. I got the 45 minute hammam with scrub, facial treatment, and 1 hour tonic massage for the same price I would´ve paid for one of the treatments in Europe. The entire experience was luxurious and my skin still feels like a baby´s.


U.S. citizens do not require a visa.


Taxis (negotiate price before you get in)
Buses (4 MAD / 0.39 USD)

I recommend arranging an airport transfer with your hotel. €10-€20 is a fair price for a transfer depending on how far your hotel is from the airport. If you are staying in the Medina, expect to pay €10 to €15. Taxis are notorious for scamming tourists. If you need a taxi while in the city, hail one from the street and negotiate before getting in. Do not entertain taxis that are parked in front of tourist sites or drivers who approach you. There are no ride hailing apps that work in Marrakech, so you are at the mercy of the notoriously shady taxis. My entire trip consisted of me walking and taking the bus. I just didn´t have the bandwith to bother arguing and haggling with taxi drivers.


It can take you 20 minutes or three hours to clear customs. If you see that the lines are not long, contact your hotel to let them know to send the driver. When you depart, arrive at the airport at least three hours before your flight. There are four lines that you must clear before getting to your gate. Even if you do not have checked luggage, you still have have to go to the ticket counter.


Maroc Telecom (€20 cash only at the airport for 10GB). There are many SIM card kiosks at the airport, so you can shop around for the best deals.


There are always lines at the ATM´s, especially in the Medina. Morocco is a cash country and few places take credit cards. I recommend using a money changer: Taha Change in the Gueliz neighborhood and ask for small bills for tips (usually 10% of the bill).


Yves Saint Laurent Museum (purchase tickets in advance)
Le Jardin Majorelle (purchase tickets in advance)
Musée Berbère Jardin Majorelle (purchase tickets in advance)
Bahia Palace
Ibn Youssef School
House of Photography in Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret
Dar El Bacha Museum
Museum of Music Muassine
The Orientalist Museum of Marrakech
Slat Al Azama Synagogue
Church of the Holy Martyrs
Musée du Parfum
Moroccan Culinary Arts Museum (my favorite!)
Heritage Museum Marrakech/Museé du Patrimoine
Cyber Park
Women's Museum
Ouzoud Falls (3 hours from Marrakech)

Lots of friendly and well-fed cats in Marrakech


My Taher
Votre Table
Bacha Cafe (go early, can be a 3 hour wait in the afternoon)
Dar L´hssira (amazing falafel)


I know that I spent a lot of time on this blog discussing scams, but I want you to be prepared so that you don´t leave with negative fealings about Morocco. It´s a lovely place and, unfortunately, the actions of a few bad apples that congregate in heavily touristic areas can ruin people´s perceptions. I highly recommend visiting. Come prepared and have a great time!

Travel Series: Azerbaijan December 30 2021

In the fourth part of my Busty Girl Travel Series, I will give some tips about the only Muslim country in the Caucuses, Azerbaijan.

Travel Series: Armenia December 03 2021

Note that recommendations on the Busty Girl Travel Series are based on my opinion. I paid for the trips with my own money and I was not given any compensation nor sponsorships.

In the third part of my Busty Girl Travel Series, I will give some tips about the first country to establish Christianity as a State religion in 301 AD, Armenia. Armenia wasn't initially on my list. I was traveling to Georgia (the country, not the state) and I wanted to also visit a nearby country. Big brother was definitely watching because YouTube suggested a travel vlog about Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan looked interesting, so I prepared my application for a visa and went to the Azerbaijan Embassy. The Consul informed me that, due to COVID, tourist visas were not being issued. He offered me coffee and water, and we chatted about the country and he even gave a recommendation for a local Azerbaijani restaurant (it was excellent!). It was the most non government government experience I'd ever had. It was so pleasant that I vowed to visit Azerbaijan when it opened up...and I did! Stay tuned for my Travel Series: Azerbaijan post. It turns out that Armenia and Azerbaijan have a testy relationship but more on that later.

Because Azerbaijan was out, I decided to travel to Armenia on my Caucuses trip. Armenia didn't seem like it had much and I was only familiar with the country, like most Americans, because of the Kardashians. I now stand corrected. Armenia was a pleasant surprise. The countryside is gorgeous, the food is amazing, and it's really easy to get around. I was there for a week and I wish that I had of stayed longer.

Armenia was occupied by the Soviets, Persians, and Ottomans, so there are remnants of those empires strewn about the country, especially within the architecture. Also, since Armenia was the first Christian country, there are many 1,000+ year-old churches scattered throughout. As you explore the churches, I recommend going on a hike. Dilijan is a good spot, but you should hire a guide because the trails are not fully developed. Also, Armenia is known for its brandy and I can attest that it's good and worth bringing back as gifts. Finally, the icing on top of this wonderful country is that it's CHEAP! 


Visas are not required for U.S. citizens

Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival


Yandex app is cheap and efficient in Yerevan. However, if you want to see old churches and other sites outside of the city, you should rent a car or go on a tour.


Beeline (I went to the store on Northern Avenue because the prices at the airport were more expensive)



Genocide Museum
Dancing Fountain at Republic Square (occurs at approximately 8pm or 9pm)
Ararat Brandy Museum (book the tour in advance, the English tour is only at certain times)
History Museum (closed because of COVID, but I heard good things)
Sergei Parajanov Museum
Art Space
Martiros Saryan House Museum
Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

Outside Yerevan

Noravank Monastery
Geghard Monastery
Sevanavank Monastery (recommended for the location. Sevan is a lovely part of Armenia.)
Hagharcin Church (recommended for the location. Dilijan is considered the Switzerland of Armenia.)
Tatev Monastery
Wings of Tatev

Noravank Monastery


Vernissage Market


Mirzoyan Library
Tavern Yerevan Armenia
Gouroo Club & Garden.
Tumanyan Khinkali (the lamb stew! RSVP early to book a table on the balcony)
Dolmama (Patronized by Kimye and Hillary Clinton. I stopped by to see the menu and I wasn't dressed to the 9s. Despite my casual appearance, the host was extremely nice and even showed me where the Kardashians sat.)
ZaNaZaN Yerevan
Sherep Restaurant
Gwoog Gastro House (located in Gyumri. I didn't go, but the city and restaurant were highly recommended.)


Hyur Tours (my only complaint is that the tour was bilingual, Russian and English, and there was more explanations in Russian.)


Ecosense Medical Laboratory

Travel Series: Oman November 16 2021

Note that recommendations in the Busty Girl Travel Series are based on my opinion. I paid for the trips with my own money and I was not given any compensation nor sponsorships.

In the second part of my busty girl travel series, I will give some tips about the lovely Gulf country of Oman. Oman has been on my list since I watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain's (RIP) Parts Unknown. The food looked great and the people looked great, so I was sold. I did some research on the history of the country and, unlike most other Gulf countries, Oman has a long history. It was a Portuguese colony for 150 years between 1500 to 1650. Then it colonized Zanzibar in 1698 and established trade on the eastern part of African. Oman was also at war with the Communists for 10 years, 1965-1975. Al Jazeera did a fascinating documentary on the history of Oman

The two most popular cities in Oman are Muscat and Salalah. They are 11 hours by car from each other and each has its own flavor. I only visited the northern part of Oman within a few hours drive of Muscat, but I heard that Salalah is more chill and conservative (no Western swimsuits allowed). Sightseeing in Muscat can be done in a few days, but what Oman is truly famous for is its natural environment. The country has deserts, lush forests in the south, mountains, and beaches with coral reefs. Its wadis are world famous and beautiful. Wadis are the bed or valley of a stream and, in my opinion, are the highlight of Oman, which has many. Some are easy to get to while others require a 4WD and hike through the mountains. I recommend renting a 4WD because there are many sites worth seeing off road. In terms of driving, my friends looked at me like I was nuts when I said that the driving was decent in Oman. I responded, "Oh, you haven't been to Qatar or the UAE." 

In terms of dress, like any Muslim country, modesty is required. The golden rule for women is that your shoulders and knees should be covered, and no cleavage should be visible. It's hit or miss in terms of bikinis, some places allow them and some don't. Knee length bike shorts and an athletic baby tee are fine for swimming in public areas or if you want to go full burkini, I recommend Lyra Swimwear.

My Lyra Swimwear burkini. I should have brought it to Oman.


Visa on arrival for stays up to 10 days, e-visa for stays longer than 10 days
Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival


Enterprise Muscat Airport booked through CarRentals.com


Ooredoo at Muscat Airport


Bargain 30%-75% off the asking price at markets and rug shops

Handmade rugs from nearby countries
Rose oil/water



Old Muttrah Souk
National Museum
Al-Alam Royal Palace
Watchtower/Muttrah Fort
Royal Opera House
Bait Al Zubair Museum
Armed Forces Museum
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (open for visitors 8-11am, ladies bring a hijab and abaya otherwise you will have to pay for one at the gift shop in order to enter)


Al Angham
Dukanah (breakfast)
Copper Roastery (not a café, but will let you sample the coffee)
Mani's Cafe
Windrose Cafe


Daymaniat Shells (book well in advance!)

Al-Alam Royal Palace

At the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque wearing my tall friend's abaya


Nizwa Fort
Jebel Akdhar (need 4WD)
Birkat Al Mouz Ruins
Nizwa Souk (known for ceramics)
Tanuf Ruins


Bimmah Sinkhole
Wadi Bani Khalid
Wadi Shab
Wadi Tiwi 

Wadi Bani Khalid

Wadi Bani Khalid, modest swimwear required


Muscat Airport drive through testing (follow signs for long term parking), results within 24 hours, need Oman phone number

Travel Series: Jordan November 05 2021

Note that recommendations in the Busty Girl Travel Series are based on my opinion. I paid for the trips with my own money and I was not given any compensation nor sponsorships.

Besides my love of providing my kindred spirit full bust ladies with nicely fitted attire that does pull or gape, I love to travel. Travel has been my passion ever since I graduated from college and got a real job that could pay for my trips. I recently visited Jordan and I wanted to share some tips to help others enjoy this beautiful country. What does this have to do with fashion or Exclusively Kristen...nothing. I am a multi-faceted woman who wants to help my supporters in more ways than one.

Jordan is a beautiful country with lots to do, but you have to be savvy. The sellers can be pushy and make sure that you bargain 50-75% off the asking price at the markets. I would avoid sellers at tourist sites. You can get better quality items at better prices in downtown Amman. Also, know that any local who approaches you to take your photo or show/explain sites to you, will demand a tip whether you asked for their services or not.

If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing, the Jordan Pass may be a good investment. Included with the pass is free entry to many sites and a waiver for the visa fee. Also, be sure to rent a car. Public transportation is negligible and Ubers can add up.


Visa on arrival: 40 JOD
Negative PCR test taken with 72 hours of arrival
Visit Jordan registration and QR code
Proof of international health insurance


Jordanian Dinar (JOD) 
1 USD = 0.7 JOD


Reliable Car Rental
Monte Carlo


Amman is the capital of Jordan and has some interesting sites. I suggest going on a free walking tour with Mujallie, which isn’t actually free. The fee is tip based, but it is a great way to get insider knowledge on the history of the capital and he's well worth a nice tip. The guides of most tours that I've taken sounded like a stale robots, but Mujallie made us feel like we were friends checking out the city.

Things to see

Roman Theater 
Royal Automobile Museum
Jordan Museum


Mamma Mia
Jordan Heritage Restaurant
Jadal for Knowledge and Culture


Jerash is the largest and most preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy and is definitely worth visiting. After you enter the site, past the Hippodrome, there is a booth where you can hire a professional tour guide. However, you will probably be approached by sellers who will (uninvited) begin talking about the sites and won't let you get a word in or who will want to show you the moving columns. Just cut them off and say that you have no money for a tip.


The Dead Sea is definitely worth going. There are a few free or cheap public beaches, but I chose to get a day pass at Movenpick for 65 JOD, which included a food voucher. The Marriot was a better deal, but they were always sold out of day passes for non-hotel guests. Day passes at hotels are 40-65 JOD and some do not allow single men, so it is recommended to call before going. Also, some hotels do not have direct beach access. Bikinis are okay, especially at the hotels. However, if you choose to go to the public beach, be prepared for a lot of stares if you wear a Western style swimsuit. Be sure to rub the salt and clay on you. It's good for the skin.


Petra is gorgeous and usually crowded, so it's best to go really early. I recommend a 2 day pass, which is 55 JOD. There's a front entrance and a back entrance. The front entrance is closest to the iconic Treasury while the back entrance, which is down a steep hill, is closest to the Monastery. The sellers at Petra are VERY pushy, but it is worth getting a ride on a mule up the 1,000 stairs to the Monastery. A fair price is 7-10 JOD. Those photos that people take looking down on the Treasury will cost you as well. The authorities closed easy access to the locations but you can pay a "guide" to take you up. There are two spots to get the photo and I paid a boy 10 JOD to take me to both locations. It was worth it because it is a steep climb and I wouldn't have been able to do it alone. Also, in one of the locations, there's a guy with a shop and if you don't buy anything, he will want a 2 JOD fee.

One of the highlights of my time in Petra was a friendly stray kitten. I only had water but she followed me 3/4 of a mile after I gave it to her and played with her for a while. I eventually scooped her up and took her to the security booth where they gave her food.


Petra Plaza Hotel: Wonderful hospitality and the owner is a local who will give useful tips.


Wadi Rum is definitely worth visiting for 1-2 days, but bring enough cash for your stay. There are no ATMS and everything, including tours and camps, are cash only. I recommend Wadi Nomads tours and camp. They are professionals and helped me when I was dealing with a scam artist at a different camp. Note that many camps require a 4WD ride through the desert to get to the camp and have little or no Wi-Fi. I will relay to you my review of a different camp as a warning: 

"Staff are pushy scam artists and I do not recommend. Prior to my check in date, I got emails and pushy WhatsApp messages about tours offered. It was off putting and I should have went with my gut and cancelled my stay. I told them that I had already booked a tour and they asked questions about the other tour company and continued to push their tours. The guy seemed offended and kept asking why I didn't book his tour. Also, I had amended my booking from 5 days to 2 and I was asked why I changed. The excessive questioning about why I didn't book their tour and why I amended the booking was intrusive and unprofessional. The cherry on top of my experience is the camp is a 5 minute drive via 4x4 from the parking lot. I asked for a ride the next morning to my car because I had to drive to the tour company office for the tour. He said that free rides are only at check in and check out and demanded 20JOD ($28 USD), which he later dropped to 15JOD ($21 USD) after I objected and he refused to go lower than that. A 1 hour Uber ride from Amman to the Dead Sea is about 20JOD, so I knew that I was getting ripped off. I checked out the next morning, further amending my stay to 1 night instead of 2, and had a wonderful tour with a reputable company with lots of excellent reviews. The facilities are nice, but the way they treat their guests is awful."

The staff at Nomads were very accommodating and helpful given my situation. It is best if you book your tour and camp stay with the same company to avoid issues. Apparently, my experience isn't uncommon.


Wadi Rum Nomads


Jesus' Baptism Site
Mount Nebo (where Moses saw the Promised Land)
Cave of the Seven Sleepers

Me at the Cave of the Seven Sleepers. An abaya is required for entry.