MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
Spent the day in Rabat – capital of Morocco. We drove around for about 1/2 an hour looking for the CAR Embassy. When we found it and got the visas under way we wandered down the street to a local cafe. I had my first Moroccan mint tea – what can I say? Hot, sweet and minty but very refreshing. Then, I am ashamed to say, we went into the centre of town, looking for McDonald’s. After only a week on the road we are planning to have our last McDonald’s feast until Cairo- the next Macca’s on our itinerary. In our search we wandered through streets of white-washed houses and maze-like alleyways. The doors were all closed but I could imagine that inside there were gardens and fountains. The smell of spices drifted through the air. There were shops selling a myriad of interesting things from whole sheep carcasses to shoes and jewellery. Everyone seems to live on top of each other here. Our wanderings took us to the edge of town, which luckily happened to be the harbour. Still no sign of McDonald’s, we were fortunate to find a local who could understand English and was able to point us in the right direction. I had a double cheeseburger, fries and Fanta for 36 Dihram, where the exchange rate is 6 DH to the dollar so it was by no means a cheap meal. And as usual, after eating McDonald’s I wished I hadn’t. To wash it down we went into a nearby cafe to have a coffee and at the same time wrote some postcards.