Finally! An Egyptian equivalent to websites like Mapquest or Multimap. Surprisingly, its quiet accurate. the “Driving Directions” feature works well. The UI could use some work, however, and the developers should intergrate some kind of a spelling correction or “close matches” script to make the task of searching street names easier.
Standing right at the foot of the Atlantic, with its 210 meter minaret towering over Casablanca, this behemoth of a Mosque is an amazing feat of oriental architecture. The green part on top is a sliding roof.
Here is another shot so you can get a sense of the size of the thing…
Hint: I am the small yellow thing in the bottom middle…
Part of the outer arena of the mosque.
My third day in Morocco and I haven’t done anything I’ve planned to do. Just wandered aimlessly around Casablanca (best way to see any city), and went to Rabat (not too exciting). The strange thing is, while I don’t think I “look” like a tourist in Casablanca, I got hounded by hordes of street kids and beggers…”Monsieur…Un Dirham”, they’d repeat with unrelenting perseverence. I guess you don’t have to look like a tourist to suffer these annoyances, they smell you…or it might be that unconcious look on your face saying “I am lost” that gives away the fact that you’re a non-local.
Anyway, a one-week visit is certainly not enough to explore this country…
So I am flying to Casablanca in 8 hours time. That will be my first visit to a North African country (other than Egypt, of course). Heard surfing is great over there, and definately looking forward to try it out (if I can somehow rent or borrow a board).
No scuba diving in Morocco though, which is weird. A quick googling turned up an even weirder reason: the Moroccan government prohibits recreational diving becuase of its use in drug trafficing. So if you really want to dive in Morroco, you need to obtain a permit, and when you do get the permit, good luck finding a dive shop to rent equipment. Its a shame, there are a number of amazing WWII wrecks off Morocco’s Atlantic/Mediterranean coasts.
Stumbled upon this story about the history of the Statue of Liberty, and how it was originally meant to be placed at the Southern entrance of the Suez Canal. Very interesting.