Travel Plans: First Month in Morocco
Albion, New York, USA
September 4, 2007
Tomorrow night I leave Rochester, NY for New York City by Jet Blue. I will probably then stay the night in the airport, and then make it into the city by morning. From here I need to meet with my academic advisor in Brooklyn, make any last preparations, and then get back to the airport to fly across the sea to London and then Casablanca.
I am not looking forward to another layover in London Heathrow. The last time that I was there was en route to India, and all of the passengers on the flight were placed into what seemed to be and interrogation chamber without water, food, nor air conditioning. The heat of the room was stifling, and I could not help feeling uneasy about the two-way mirrors that lined the walls of the “gate.” Hopefully, the paranoia has lessened and it is realized that air passengers are paying a large amount of money for their flights, and that they deserve the barest minimums of human comfort.
After landing in Morocco, I intend to stay for a day or two in Casablanca, then go up to Rabat to visit the old corsair enclaves in Sale, and then take a train over to Fes to study a little French and Arabic- two languages that I am completely ignorant of.
Hopefully after a month of intense language study I will have the barest proficiency in Arabic and French to continue travelling in North Africa.