Teresa Lynn Hasan-Kerr in black and white

TERESA LYNN
HASAN-KERR

I write about travel and how it changes you.

Born a Navy brat in San Diego, California, and a nomad ever since, Teresa Lynn Hasan-Kerr earned a bachelor's degree in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing at Webster University in Saint Louis, MO. Soon after graduating, she moved to Morocco, which has been a major focus for her as a travel writer.

PORTFOLIO

 
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TRAVEL ESSAY

Morocco 100 Years After Edith Wharton

After the first world war, the American writer Edith Wharton published In Morocco, a recording of her month-long travels through the nation which was then under French and Spanish colonization. In 2017, three years shy of a century later, I arrived in Tetouan, a small city in the north, to teach my American English. This is a comparison of Morocco 100 years after Edith Wharton. COLDNOON.

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TRAVEL GUIDE

Crossing the Ceuta Border

Ceuta is an enclave on the Mediterranean leftover from Spain’s colonization of Morocco. Ceuta is legally Spain, which is why those traveling from the mainland can take a ferry over for about forty euro. Those going to Ceuta from Morocco, however, have to cross the land border. SKYSCANNER

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QUOTATION

How Coronavirus Transformed the Way We Communicate

I was interviewed by Tiffanie Wen in her BBC piece on living with telephobia and working remotely during the quarantine. 

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TRAVEL ESSAY

I Stole a Map

A year ago, I stole a map of America from a school I was working at. I hung it on my bedroom wall. I tried marking San Diego, Corpus Christi, Norfolk (Virginia), Memphis, and St. Louis with tacs, but I didn’t have enough of them, so tiny holes sufficed. The tape would gradually peel, and the map would sometimes slide to the floor. After rubbing the back of my thumbnail over the tape, it’d agree to stay up and comfort me for another two weeks of teaching English in Morocco. PUERTO DEL SOL

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TRAVEL GUIDE

Essential Moroccan Experiences Not to Miss

Morocco rests atop of the African continent, right next door to Europe’s Iberian peninsula. Additionally, it is the western edge of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, hence the significance of its name – Morocco means “the west”, and likewise, the country is a fusion of the intersecting cultures and geography which collide in this corner of the world.
Whether it’s your first time to the Western Kingdom or a return visit, you’ll always find something new to experience. Here are 10 of our absolute favorites.
LONELY PLANET

New York Skyline

TRAVEL HUMOR

How to Be Lost: A style guide

Not everybody can have it together at all times. In fact, it’s more likely that you never have it together, especially in 2020. As international borders close, people are ten times more likely to get lost in their own city. Good news is, you can be totally clueless about where the fuck you are with a convincing je ne sais quoi.  
As a beautiful travel writer with weak spatial memory, I’m here to help you.
WRY TIMES

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POETRY READING

Grieving

A widow waits for her beloved and blind dog to die
so she can move to Italy
to be with an old boyfriend
and step-mother his Italian children
while her own don’t need her as much— 
not like they did when they were nearly the size of
her Akita, named Akita[...] 
TRAVEL ARTISTS HUB

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PERSONAL ESSAY

My Family Never Told Me They Couldn’t Pay My College Bill

In my early twenties, I no longer needed to watch scary movies because I had lived through this cautionary tale about college financial aid. GROWN & FLOWN

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TRAVEL ESSAY

May 20th, 2010

This time ten years ago, I was graduating in a high school class of 400 and ready to leave them all in dust. I knew nothing about going to college except that I’d gotten accepted to an out-of-state private school in Saint Louis — the only university I applied to. PAST TEN

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TRAVEL GUIDE

Africa's First High-Speed Train

Africa’s first high-speed train recently opened in Morocco, and is now the continent’s fastest railway line. For travelers visiting Morocco to get a glimpse of the past, now get a flash of the future. These state of the art trains travel along the Atlantic coast of Morocco giving riders the ability to cut a ride, which usually takes five hours, to only 120 minutes. THE LORES

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POETRY READING

River Styx: Hungry Young Poets

Hungry Young Poets is a reading series for writers at the start of their careers to share their work with a supportive, vibrant literary community. Despite the series’ name, we know youth isn’t required to sustain the art of literature; the series has evolved from its original parameters to become a celebration of emerging writers of all ages and all genres. It gives newer writers a forum to show the world how they will expand this art form. RIVER STYX

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TRAVEL ESSAY

Why I Can't Go to the Same Place Twice

“That’ll be fifteen dollars,” a woman behind glass announces, and cranes her neck to see what I’m handing her. She gives me a red band for the Japanese Festival, and a park map. I follow the crowd through the botanical garden into what I expect to be a slice of the East in the Midwest, as scheduled annually. I’m calculating how much I can spend, how many calories I’ve consumed; and how much time I have is probably visible on my face. I smile when I cross paths with another festival-goer. I should be more aware of my surroundings. Even if I went back to Japan, nothing would be the same. LITRO

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TRAVEL GUIDE

What Does the Moroccan Expression "b'Saha" Mean?

In North Africa, it’s not unusual to hear people exclaim the word b’Saha when others participate in activities like bathing, eating, and shopping. This well-meaning expression, translating roughly to “may that action bring good health,” is usually accompanied by a warm smile and reveals a connection between health, hygiene, nutrition, and, surprisingly, new possessions. CULTURE TRIP

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TRAVEL ESSAY

Why do Moroccans Tell Foreigners to Fast for Ramadan?

Morocco has a large expat population. Many foreigners call it a “transit country” or, in traveler lingo, an ideal place to visit en route to another destination. That is not to say that Morocco doesn’t have its expat nesters who leave behind their old country to build a life in Morocco. For those who choose to call Morocco their home, Moroccan practices steadily bleed into their own lifestyle ‒ seeing time as an endless resource is just one example.

However, some traditions are not easy for an expat to adopt. For example, to fully experience customs revolving around food, such as couscous every Friday, depend on having a family there to share it with, when many expats in Morocco are without family ‒ myself included. MOROCCO WORLD NEWS

 

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