Rabat

Trip Start Mar 11, 2007
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Trip End Apr 13, 2007


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Sunday, April 1, 2007

I decided to get some beach time in and left Carol, Richard, and Olivia in Fez while I hunted down a beach near Rabat' the capital.  I was going to hang out for 2 days, go back the way I came and meet up with Carol and family in Meknes, and then meet Mike at the Casablanca airport.
But the weather was not willing and Rabat is rather boring.  I saw the small archeology museum and walked around a lot.  It was cold and rainy so I took a train back to Meknes a day early.  Maybe I'll see the Roman ruins of Volubulis; Rome's biggest city in NW Africa.  If you ever saw the movie Patton, there was a scene where he was there and said he believed he was a reincarnated Roman general.
The train ride to Rabat was uneventful. I did  make friends with a couple families in the same compartment as me.  When we arrived in Rabat; all the kids could count to 10 in English, but my Arabic numbers still need work. God I wish I'd studied some French before coming here.  Spanish only helped in the north.  Everyone here speaks French and Arabic, but only a few speak English too.

But the ride from there to Meknes showed me the true Moroccan train experience.  If you don't get on a train from an originating city, you're screwed.  I stood the whole 3 hours and that was after getting on the wrong train!  Good thing both were going the same way.  My train was so late I hopped on the next one going the right way.  I just got off at the next stop when the conductor noticed, then grabbed the right train when it showed up..
People here are generally pretty friendly.  No antiAmerican sentiments so far.  They tend not to discuss politics, religion, or sex openly with strangers.
Not much else to tell since there was a 3 day religious holiday and most businesses are closed.  Not much to do but walk around.  And it's still raining.  But the streets are safe, even at night.  There are lots and lots of bored looking men everywhere in groups of 2-5, but they're harmless and more curious than anything.
Drinking cafe au lait is the national pastime in these parts.  They can make a small glass last an hour, as long as they still get to sit at the cafe watching the world go by.  Think I'll go drink some coffee at a lazy cafe.
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mikeinzurich
mikeinzurich on

Rabat? Marrakesh!
Cheer up, Davo. The weather forecast looks to be sunny for the next week with temps over 75 inland and high 60s by the Atlantic coast.
See you in Casablanca!!
Mike

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