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Casablanca… not the movie

By UrbanAnthropod, July 14, 2011 2:02 pm

There’s one thing to be said about Royal Air Maroc and that is that I have not experienced such a flight in 10 years. These days, we expect in flight entertainment, especially for these transatlantic flights. I was worried when we boarded and there were mechanics running through the aisles. I sat next to an empty seat as we were to push off. Well, we were scheduled to push off, but the mechanics were obviously doing something in the galley and also in the rear of the plane. I learned that the repairs in the back were on the seal around the lavatory door. Was this what kept us waiting in a stifling airplane? There was a total lack of ventilation and it was uncomfortable.

To top things off, while I was smiling at the idea of an empty seat to my side, a woman boarded at the last minute… with a baby! Yes, I went through a 7 hour flight being kicked by a baby who had her bouts of crying. Just the thing you need for an overnight transatlantic flight.

I had mixed feelings about the lack of in-flight entertainment. I would surely be bored. But at the same time, I should get my sleep. It was a tad comical that the flight attendants came by and handed out headsets.

I wasn’t completely bereft of entertainment though as a girl nearby had her own personal DVD player. So I was able to watch much of “confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” without any audio (little did I know this would foreshadow the drama to come later in the trip). Fortunately, I was able to catch the DDR dance-off between Lindsey Lohan and Megan Fox before the food cart came around and the DVD player was moved.

Immigration and customs was fairly harmless considering how things can get. My luggage came quite late on the carousel, but it turned out I was not the last to meet the group for my transfer to Rabat. Unfortunately, some other travelers had lost their luggage. What a nightmare. Fortunately, I’ve not had to deal with this before. We carried on through Casablanca before heading to Rabat.

Casablanca was a new city. It was a European city built by the French and it showed. We made one quick stop before reaching our hotel in Rabat and that was at the Hassan II Mosque. The day was drab and there were few people around. This provided some opportunity to take in the grandeur of the mosque. While mosques around Morocco were closed off to non-muslims, this mosque stood apart and an entry fee to non-muslims could gain us access.

Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque

Geo

Casablanca, Morocco

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