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Sunday, October 17, 1999
Reykjavik, Iceland 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 - Hotel de Noailles

Today's Travel:
Countries: Iceland, England, Morocco
Regions: Reykjanes Peninsula, Greater London, Atlantic Coast
Route: SkyBus: Reykjavik - Keflavic; Icelandair Flight 450: Keflavic - London; SpeedLink Bus: Heathrow - Gatwick; British Airways Flight 6920: London - Seville - Casablanca; Train: Airport - Casa; Taxi: Train station - hotel
Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
Stop 1. Keflavic, Iceland
Stop 2. London, England
End:Casablanca, Morocco
Linear:2757 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 920
Linear Dist: 177883
Countries Visited: 61
Regions Visited: 243
More stats...
Hotels: 284
Friends / Family: 223
Camping: 120
Hostels: 220
Transit: 59
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3353

Journal Entry:
Caught the bus with no problem (I was a little worried given yesterday's problems). Ditto with the plane. I know that I'll be back to Iceland, last night's experience with the auroras guaranteed that! In London had to go through immigration and customs since I was flying into Heathrow and out of Gatwick. Caught a bus to Gatwick, did some quick shopping and had a quick lunch and I was in the air again. The winds on the first leg to Seville were very bad so the plane ended up being about 40 minutes late into Casa.

On the plane I had been going through the guide book planning on how to get to Ouarzazate (where I'm going to meet my parents) - looked like two full days on a bus - so I decided to check flights. I was pretty sure my parents were already in Ouarzazate and there was a flight leaving in a couple hours so I bought a ticket. Before leaving California I made sure that I had a copy of my parents itinerary - so of course I can't find it anywhere. Finally found a phone that worked and someplace that could sell me a card for it and called home. Johanna gave me the run down on the next couple days of my parents itinerary - they're not in Ouarzazate till Wednesday! I decided I didn't want to be there for two extra days so changed my flight to Wednesday afternoon and then headed for the train into central Casa. Of course I just missed the train so had to sit around for over two hours until the next one - spent it in a tea saloon - not the worst way to adjust back to Morocco.

In Casa, quickly found a hotel - I was worried since I'd called ahead and found out my usual hotel was full. Quite a travel day: five airports, four cities, two buses, two flights, a train, and a taxi!

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

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