salam from Morocco
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I made it to Morocco fine. The first day of the tour was packed w/ activities. Since we have the afternoon to ourselves we went on our OWN walking tour of Casablanca. We are too cheap to hire a cab so walking and hiting the pavement is fine. First task to do was to get a big bottled water. It was about $1.50 at the local candy shop. The main goal today is to see the famous Mosque of Hassan II. This mosque is the 2nd biggest in the Arab world. It even has a retractable roof. Once we got there, it was very breezy due to its location next to the ocean. Beautiful mosque, I did felt at peace while walking there. Very tranquil.
Following our street map, we kinda accidentally walked into the 'harlem' of Casablanca on Friday.
I'm now in Fes. Fes is the artistic capital of Morocco. According to our tour guide, Fes people turns their nose-up to menial work. We visited a local pottery factory. This place is very hands-on. They do cook/bake the pots on a big sand pit. I love the petrified stones they sell that has insects imbedded in it. I think of Jurassic Park with the dragon fly inside the amber stone. I got a few stones with a mollusk design.
I've been eating tons of meat dishes, just like in Türkiye. But bummer that Moroccan food is a bit bland for my taste. I haven't gone to the hamam baths yet. The exciting part will be the jeep tour on the Sand Dunes of Erfoud this thurs - this is an extra fee.