0100 Morocco’s Regal Capital (Mor 011—revisit)

Rabat Travel Blog

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After a couple more hours in Casablanca taking care of work stuff, I headed out to experience another city--this time the stately city of Rabat.

 Rather vague memories come back to mind of stopping here for a couple of days to see some Angolan friends.  It was an interesting glimpse into the life of Subsaharan students in Morocco, going with them to the university dorms… to a gospel music concert… watching music videos from different African countries and discussing the differences of each one…

 This time, however, I’m going to discover Rabat.

So I start out by heading out on foot from the bus station to the main part of town--quite a hike.

.. but the neighborhoods I go through are lively and interesting.  Finally I enter the gate to the old medina with its crowds, smoky alleyways, and charming architecture.  I quickly discover that actually, Rabat's street food clearly rivals that of Agadir.  The pastries are very fresh, the fruit salad and yoghurt delicious--and then there's a street with stall that sell only brain sandwiches... the best in the world!

Have a hard time finding a cheap single room.  Finally ended up paying for double for the first night (they switched me to a single the next day).   Met up with a musician who said over by the castle there was an open space overlooking the ocean which would be a good spot to jam... Have a great time playing music late into the night... The cops came by asking for our papers--stuck around to chat (this guy knew them)... I'm really starting to like Rabat.

The next day I set out to explore the city--and there's a lot to explore! The castle area has a miniature blue-style medina inside, a garden area, a museum and some great views... then there's the regular medina... a very classy boulevard with stately palm trees heading towards the train station... Found a couple more cool places to parkbench and meet a few more musicians...

Later that afternoon, itching to add a new city to my collection, I head across the river to meet Rabat's twin sister...

 

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