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Visiting friends in Morocco


The joy of travelling alone
Claudia Roden Writer
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Travelling alone, I had had such a protected childhood, where I never went anywhere without somebody protecting me. And when I told my father that I was going back to Egypt, I had already gone once before. And I told him, 'Tell me where your office was'. It was in a marketplace, so that I can go. He said, 'You can't go anywhere. You were the girl, and we didn't take you in my office. You don't know to go anywhere'. And I just said, 'Well, if I have the address I'll just take a taxi'. You don't really need to know how to get there. The taxi will take you.

But I still had been so protected, but I had this great feeling of joy to go off by myself. Where I wanted. And to just be where I wanted to be. And experience things. And so, I just went a l'aventure. I will go to one place; I don't know where I'll go next. I'll go next, whatever happens. Something will tell me where to go. And this is how I travelled.

Claudia Roden (b. 1936) is an Egyptian-born British cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist of Sephardi/Mizrahi descent. She is best known as the author of Middle Eastern cookbooks including A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and The Book of Jewish Food.

Listeners: Nelly Wolman

Claudia Roden talking to her granddaughter Nelly Wolman about her life in food.

Tags: childhood, travelling, joy

Duration: 1 minute, 34 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2022

Date story went live: 04 December 2023