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Thursday, September 10, 1998
Essaouira, Morocco
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Essaouira, Morocco:
Latitude: 31° 30' 52" North
Longitude: 9° 45' 44" West
Altitude: 99 feet
From Seattle: 6080 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hôtel Tafraoud

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Today's Travel:
Country: Morocco
Region: Atlantic Coast
Weather: Sunny

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Melon vender Essaouira, Morocco

Melon vender Essaouira, Morocco

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 518
Linear Dist: 124122
Countries Visited: 35
Regions Visited: 149
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Hotels: 125
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 42
Hostels: 141
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1928
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Journal Entry:
Had a leisurely coffee at one of the cafes. Ran into almost every traveler I've met in Morocco. It seems that everyone ends up here eventually. And those people that I didn't know one of the others did, as it seems the entire Peace Corps Morocco contingent is here as well. Spent the morning exploring the city ramparts, walls, and harbor area. The afternoon was spent exploring the stores and wood work shops that Essaouira is famous for. I got off without buying anything (maybe a first!) In the evening made a run to the Hashuma shack (liquor store, literal translation Shame shack) for a few beers. We stayed up late playing cards and drinks a couple beers.

Essaouira is a beautiful city, and the waterfront fortifications and offshore forts and prisons are very picturesque. However the town lacks a lot of the character that makes Morocco so appealing. It feels like it's been santitized just a little to much.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Morocco
CIA World Fact Book: Morocco

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