Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Senegal to Morocco

We had some time before our flight out of Dakar but I was done. We had lunch at the hotel and ran out the clock while soaking up their sweet sweet internets.

Léopold Sédar Senghor was the first president of Senegal and he seems to still be highly regarded because there are lots of things named after him around here, including the airport.

Dakar sported lots of these little coffee wagon things that looked like they were made out of oil barrels.

On urban taxi rides I like to try to decipher the graffiti.

Our taxi driver.

I thought it was cool that the giant African Renaissance Monument we visited a few days ago was visible from the airport departure waiting area.

We landed in Casablanca, Morocco with no problems. I've never been so happy to see a McDonald's in my life.

The Sheraton Casablanca Hotel & Towers was pretty darn cool inside and out I'd say.

There was a bird cage with birds inside that looked like the friggin' Taj Mahal. Some birds get all the luck.

We popped over to the nearby Restaurant des Fleurs for a late bite to eat. It had sort of an Arabian Denny's interior style going on.

I'm a little bit embarrassed that I didn't realize "Casablanca" means "white house" in Spanish until I read it in my guidebook. It rolls so nicely off the tongue I didn't think it meant anything.

I went straight for the legit stuff and ordered a pastilla. What a treat it was. It's sweet on the top with powdered sugar, cinnamon, and almonds, then on the inside it's savory with a chicken filling. It's all wrapped up in a nice multi-layered flaky sort of crust. It was amazing.

What an exciting new adventure in a new part of Africa!

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