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Saturday, July 17, 1999
Cairo, Egypt to Casablanca, Morocco
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Casablanca, Morocco:
Latitude: 33° 36' 25" North
Longitude: 7° 38' 1" West
Altitude: 78 feet
From Seattle: 6068 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hôtel Colbert

Today's Travel:
Countries: Egypt, Morocco
Regions: Nile Valley, Atlantic Coast
Route: Egypt Air Flight 847: Cairo - Casablanca Airport; Train: Airport - Casa Port
Path:Cairo, Egypt - Casablanca, Morocco
Linear:2282 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 828
Linear Dist: 154629
Countries Visited: 60
Regions Visited: 237
More stats...
Hotels: 265
Friends / Family: 166
Camping: 118
Hostels: 217
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3113

Journal Entry:
Spent the morning doing laundry. I decided the hot temperature here would dry things in an hour or two - fifteen minutes was all it took. Spent the afternoon wandering around trying to get a student ID card. Finally found a place that could do it on a Saturday but it would take half an hour - which is when I was supposed to head towards the airport.

Went back to the hotel, quickly took a shower and packed, then met Mustafa (my taxi driver from yesterday). By the time I finished packing and we got off I was already running fifteen minutes late. By the time we battled Cairo's traffic and made it to the travel agent that was making my card I was half an hour late. The card still wasn't there, and they kept telling me to wait five minutes. Finally when I was demanding the money back the guy showed up with it - an hour later than it was promised to me - and half an hour after I was supposed to have checked in. Mustafa drove like crazy - even more so than usual for Cairo, and I got to the airport a little over an hour (instead of two hours) before the flight was scheduled to leave - only to find out the flight had been delayed an hour...

The boarding procedure was certainly a relief after the last few flights - didn't even have to open my bags once. The flight was unexciting and comfortable I even got an emergency row seat. I'm pretty sure this is the first flight I've been on since leaving the middle east over a year ago that alows smoking. The delay meant that I was going to be staying in Casa - I'd been planing on going up to Rabat tonight.

Passed through customs quickly and easily. It was a few minutes past nine and there was a train into Casa scheduled for 9:30 so I bought a ticket and sat down to wait (with a Solero bar and a Coke). On the train I realized that don't think I've been on a train since leaving Morocco eleven months ago - very strange considering it was my prefered mode of transportation for so long. From the central train station (Casa Port) I caught a taxi to the same hotel I stayed in last time I was here. On the drive, then again walking around near the hotel I was reminded how good it feels just to return someplace you're familiar with. Checked in, and went for a walk to get something to eat.

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

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