Month: August 2014

First Day in Ifrane: yeah, we got lost.

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I woke up Wednesday to a beautiful, clear and slightly chilly Ifrane morning. After getting in the shower and being violently sprayed by the contents of my soap bottles, which had suffered under the Rabat-Ifrane altitude change, I got ready to face my first full mountain day.

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Halloween Juice and Angry Ketchup Packets: Voyage to the Center (sort of) of Ifrane

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My Tuesday started out rough. After barely sleeping the previous night, feeling sad to leave my Rabat friends and internship, and giving up my Embassy-issued phone, I spent an hour at the train station waiting for No. 117 to Fes.

Once it arrives, I cram my two suitcases and a backpack full of pantry food into a six-person compartment.

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Restaurant Dar Naji: Where Plums, Beef and French Fries Find Themselves

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Dar Naji is a colorful and ornate Moroccan restaurant. Located on the second floor of a building near Rabat’s medina, the restaurant gives diners a broad view of city life — and an earful of city traffic, depending on the time of day. Dar Naji is a favorite among Americans in Rabat. I’ve eaten here a few times, and have included details from one and pictures from multiple trips below.

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Moroccan Whiskey and Green Cookies at Palais des Oudayas

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After a Sunday afternoon spent shopping and collecting dust at the medina, the other interns and I decided to relax at a café in the seaside Palais des Oudayas. And so, like Mary entering the Secret Garden (let’s just stretch that comparison a bit), we said goodbye to the hectic medina atmosphere and entered the Palais’ ornate and peaceful fortress.

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Pizzeria Best Wishes: Unexpected Beauty on a Rabat Side Street

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Between the Medina and Morocco’s ornate Parliament building, there’s a humble side street bistro called Pizzeria Best Wishes. Aesthetically, Best Wishes is a study in contrasts. Populated with unassuming metal chairs, frayed woven place mats and faded ketchup bottles, I didn’t expect much from the atmosphere. In fact, I almost walked past the place on my first visit.

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