22 PICTURE ALBUM
Wednesday, October 22
Steve: It's hard to believe that we're actually in Morocco.
MOROCCO! Never would we have imagined being together as a family in a place
but here we are. Now that we're here, we can't wait to explore
a place that we're already certain is very different from anything we've experienced
Today was a pure travel day, and a very long one. We said goodbye to Hotel
Inglaterra, and then flew from Barcelona to Casablanca, and on to Marrakech.
We didn't realize that there was a two hour time difference between Spain
and Morocco (we're guessing that daylight savings time ends here this weekend).
The flight to Casablanca (on Royal Air Morocco) was fine, but the airport
experience itself was not a pleasant one. In fact, this brought back memories
of 1982 when Paula and I arrived in Athens and became so lost in the craziness
of the airport that we missed our connecting flight. Today, there were absolutely
no signs telling us how to get to our connection, and our flight didn't appear
on any of the electronic boards. People generally were not able to help us
in English, but fortunately French is a prevalent language here so I was able
to communicate just enough to figure out where we needed to go. Even so, after
we waited at the gate for 45 minutes with no sign of our plane or flight number,
we noticed some people lining up at an entirely different gate. Out of curiosity,
we checked it out to find out that this was our flight! At least we made it
From the moment we walked into the airport, we started seeing people and
dress very different from anything we've seen so far, including Istanbul.
People were wearing many different kinds of traditional clothing, including
very colorful robes and turbans. In addition, at one point many men knelt
on the floor and started praying - we never saw this in Istanbul. David and
Katie's eyes were wide open
Our hotel was a short drive from the airport, and tonight we enjoyed traditional
Moroccan food in the restaurant here. During dinner we were entertained by
two Berber men who played traditional music, and danced and sung (it actually
sounded more like chanting). We were
told that the music was from the Sahara, and is very common here - I actually
thought it was kind of soothing, but David and Katie seemed to disagree
We ordered all Moroccan dishes, including several vegetables that were unrecognizable
but very tasty. Our main courses were a mix of beef, lamb and chicken served
with a variety of herbs and vegetables. Morocco is famous for its mint tea,
and we all indulged in this extremely sweet concoction as our dessert.
With the time change and late hour, we went straight to bed after dinner.
Tomorrow we've arranged for a private guide to spend the day with us as we
explore Marrakech. We can't wait!
Distance Walked: .84 miles