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Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat September 6th 2010

Our first month here has gone as quickly as we had feared. It has been a steep learning curve, as for both of us this is our first time living overseas (deployments don't exactly count as "living overseas"). We arrived on August 11th, and that night we moved into a 3rd story apartment in a a part of Rabat called Agdal ("The Georgetown of Morocco"). It has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, all tile and plenty of windows, with a balcony that overlooks the residential part of the city; with a recently added patio set we had built by one of the local artisans here, its not a bad way to enjoy coffee in the morning, or a drink at the end of the day. The US Embassy, where we both work, is about 3 miles up ... read more
The Chellah
The Chellah
The Chellah

Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat June 24th 2010

My first full day in Rabat kicked off with mint tea and croissant for breakfast, followed by a long walk up to the Roman ruins of Chelah on the outskirts of Rabat. The crumbling ruins made for intriguing exploration, accompanied by the soundtrack of clacking from the hundreds of storks that have come to nestle in there. Here I met a chap called Dan from near Gothenburg, Sweden, who was passing through Rabat on an epic journey south into Western Africa. He seemed unperturbed by the minefield he'd be encountering in the Western Sahara, and had another two months to go as far south as possible. With the crashing waves of the Atlantic on my doorstep, I decided to take my first ever surfing lesson at the Oudayas Surf Club. Given the instructors basic grasp of ... read more
Posing in the Kasbah

Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat June 23rd 2010

After another near death experience in a Taxi (this time in a smaller one with no seatbelts) I arrived at the ultra-modern train station (complete with glorious air conditioning) and got on the next train to Rabat, the capital. There were some good moments in Marrakech, but for the most part I was very glad to see it slowly disappear through the windows of the train. A hugely over-rated tourist trap full of unpleasant touts, I was looking forward to Rabat which from what I had read, was the antithesis of such a place. As soon as I walked out of the station in Rabat I knew I liked the place. It might sound strange to say, but it has never been so nice to be ignored by people. It immediately struck me as having a ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat February 8th 2010

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Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat February 7th 2010

So, I don't really want to keep a written blog, I'm keeping my own journal of things that have happened. So here's a photo blog of what I've been doing! ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat January 13th 2010

AND THE WINNING FLYER IS.... first a true story. Years ago, in Rabat, Morocco, I traveled around the country and met several Moroccans who lived in or taught at one of the blind schools in that marvelous country. I befriended several of them. One of the most remarkeable (we'll call him "Mohammed": it's as popular a name as "Michael" in many places in the Arab world) who told me how he had fallen from a three story building, had part of his skull crushed and a good portion of his visual cortex destroyed, and had lost all of his vision. "And this" Mohammed declared to me, after telling his story"is proof that God exists!". I was frankly taken aback by his certainty, and I asked him, respectfully, if he could elaborate. With the particular smile on ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat December 18th 2009

Hi all, de rit van Meknes naar Marrakech duurt zo'n 7 uur dus komt het goed uit om op de weg een dag halt te houden in Rabat, de hoofdstad van Marokko. Morgen de 2de etappe tot in Marrakech. Rabat lijkt maar weinig op de steden die ik tot nu toe aangedaan heb; het is hier heel open dankzij de brede straten, netjes opgeruimd en bijzonder rustig. Dat laatste komt omdat het blijkbaar een feestdag is, en dat ben ik op deze manier te weten gekomen: ik wordt voor de eerste maal deze vakantie door een blanke aangesproken, een Fransman. Hij legt uit dat hij net in de medina beroofd is van zijn portefeuille en dat de ambassade gesloten is. Hij heeft wel nog een hotelkamer maar zit dus vast zonder geld of paspoort. Een voorbijlopende ... read more
Half open bebouwing
De muren omheen de kasba
De prachtige blauw-witte huisjes

Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat December 6th 2009

Summer 2009: May to August. Well, I'm living in Morocco for a couple months while studying Arabic in Morocco. Studying in the capital, Rabat, and living with a host family. Getting off the plane was alot different than I ever expected. Dirt runway. Nice. Living with a host family in the suburb of L'Ocean. Nicest people ever. I've decided to stay in the city only during the week because there are so many other things to see in this beautful country. My first time in the Medina was crazy. I've never experienced anything like that in my life. People everywhere and dead animals hanging on hooks with dripping blood and flies. I thought I would be grossed out, but I was so in love with everything, I couldn't be. img=http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs086.snc1/4597_10... read more




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