Lauren Quinn

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14th January 2010

Lauren Quinn is a travel-addicted freelance writer. She’s actually not that lonely, but does love traveling sola.
Lauren is not a corporate escapee, reformed 9-5er or English teacher living in Asia—she’s a waitress, a poet and a rock ‘n roll lover. Raised in Oakland on punk rock, malt liquor and Marxism-Leninism, Lauren has traveled independently (and once illegally) to over twenty countries across four continents. She’s been detained by the Venezuelan police, kicked it with the Colombian military, been kicked out of St Peter’s Basilica, contracted swine flu and spent the night in a Mexican cemetery. She has a penchant for abandoned buildings, graveyards, tattoos and 12-step meetings.

Lonely Girl Travels

Lauren Quinn's activity

  1. January 2010
  2. Lauren Quinn reviewed Medina of Tangier in Tangier, Morocco

    American expats Paul Bowles and William Burroughs may no longer be on the prowl, but the narrow alleys of the Tangier medina feel just as gloriously grimy and hopelessly hash-laced. Glue-sniffing kids lurk past pushy medina touts, while fresh-off-the-fer…"

  3. Lauren Quinn reviewed Casablanca Medina in Casablanca, Morocco

    From the wide, evenly paved lanes to the lackadaisical shopkeepers, Casablanca’s medina feels more like a recreated theme park—or worse, an outdoor mall—than a relic of ancient urbanity. Even the stray cats are missing. The medina itse…"

  4. Lauren Quinn reviewed Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, Morocco

    The Marrakesh medina is cracked up to be a steaming, honking, pulsing mess of humanity—and it doesn’t disappoint. The famed open square Djemaa el-Fna is ground zero for witch doctors, meat stalls, buzzing gas lamps and elbowing crowds. Sponta…"

  5. Lauren Quinn reviewed Tiznit Medina in Tiznit, Morocco

    The Tiznit medina has nothing to draw tourists; it’s a functional urban area with no glitz or particular allure. Which is why you won’t see another foreign face—or pay hotel rates or get baited into any carpet shops. Folks go about thei…"

  6. Lauren Quinn reviewed Meknes Medina in Meknes, Morocco

    Due to its proximity to Fez, imperial city Meknes doesn’t get as many visitors as it should. Which means you don’t get as much hassle as you should. You won’t be the only foreigner around, but you will be immersed in a sea of locals. In…"

  7. Lauren Quinn reviewed Fes el-Bali Medina in Fes, Morocco

    The largest car-free urban zone in the world, the Fez medina is 9,000 tangling alleyways of Fassi history and Moroccan modernity. Continually inhabited for 1200 years, falling-down buildings are studded with satellite dishes. Narrow lanes veer, turn and …"