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Sunday, August 23, 1998
Rabat, Morocco
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Rabat, Morocco:
Latitude: 34° 1' 2" North
Longitude: 6° 50' 3" West
Altitude: 95 feet
From Seattle: 6085 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Velleda

Today's Travel:
Country: Morocco
Region: The Atlantic Coast
Start: Rabat, Morocco
Stop 1. Bouzinik
End:Rabat, Morocco
Linear:48 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 500
Linear Dist: 122671
Countries Visited: 35
Regions Visited: 142
More stats...
Hotels: 114
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 135
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1920

Journal Entry:
Beach day! Went to the beach with my friend Amy. She wanted to go to a beach she'd been to before, but she didn't know how to get there (only the name, and that it was between Rabat and Casablanca). She asked, but nobody at the Peace Corps office seemed sure either. We tried to catch a taxi from the train station, but they wanted 250 Dh (~US$25), which seemed way to much. Walked across town to the main taxi stand, but the price was the same. Talked to a Moroccan man who told us to go to the bus station and catch a bus. Took a taxi to the station, and with some help, got on a bus - only 3 Dh!

Some time later the bus driver told us we were there. Walking towards the beach Amy recognized where we were, not the beach we had wanted to get to. So we found another taxi (100 Dh) and about thirty minutes later we were at the beach at Bouzinik. It was a beautiful beach, but quite crowded (nothing like Rabat's beach, but still pretty crowded). Hiked down the beach until we found an area that was too packed. Relatively clean sand, perfect water, a little surf (1 - 3 feet), and a gentle breeze to keep things from getting to hot made a pretty good approximation of heaven.

The way back to Rabat was a little simpler (and cheaper). Caught a taxi to the town of Bouzinik, and from there a grand taxi to Rabat. Amy went off to do her lesson plans, and I deciding my stomach was still a little tender went to Mc Donald's. So much for culture shock.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Rabat
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Morocco
CIA World Fact Book: Morocco

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