No, I haven’t gotten myself got over here. I’ve been a’travelling!
Noontime thursday I got on a train and headed to Casablanca, which they call Ddar Bayeda here (you were right, the Wetzel!) It took about 4 hours to get there. I didn’t really have a plan; I figured I’d wander till I found a hotel. The first one was full (rooms were 440 dirhams a night) but the second hotel had one room open. It was their largest, most expensive room, at 120 DH a night. That, for the record, is a little less than $15 a night. Anyway, it’s clear people have suffered in that hotel. You know the scene from the beginning of Apocalypse now where he’s laying on the bed in the Saigon hotel? Imagine a dingier version of that place.
I saw the Universite Hassan II where I will be working. It’s nice. They’ve got plenty of equipment, and there’s some talk of me teaching a nanotechnology course. So that should be good. The only weird thing was that no one there spoke arabic; it was all french. I guess I will be getting a lot of practice indeed.
Anyway, casablanca is enormous. It’s got something like a jozillion people in it, and it’s 10 kilometers across or so. I saw the ocean, the Hassan II mosque, and the consulate. Pretty ritzy. The city actually reminds me, from a crude architectural standpoint, of Washington DC. I guess it’s the french architects.
For breakfast on friday I had a piece of cornbread, a potatoe pancake, orange juice, coffee, a muffin, yoghurt, and a hardboiled egg. The total came to a little under $2. Just now, for $3 I got two pounds of hot peppers and four kiwis for making hotsauce. I call this hotsauce “Saucis Harr Rakem Arba”. (Hot sauce number four.) The food here is awesome.
Sell the car, sell the house, I’m never coming
Anyway, I have hosted some photos elsewhere: