Aiden asked several questions; I'll answer the one about food here and save the rest for Marrakesh. I have been looking forward to eating Tagine, one of the dishes Morocco is best known for. It's a meat and vegetable stew made with a variety of spices in a clay or ceramic pot (the pot is also called a tangine). It has a conical lid and the steam rises up and trickles back down. Today I had tangine with chicken, olives and lemon and it was delicious! The video shows you how hot it was when it was served. There are also olives at every meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner! Morocco is one of the top olive producing countries (they grow on trees) and they are delicious too! As we walked along the road by the beach, we saw people selling roasted corn, oysters, cotton candy and potato chips.
Mrs. Gilmore asked about temperatures and geography. It is warm in Casablanca (in the 80's) but there is a beautiful breeze because of its proximity to the ocean. When we travel to Marrakesh tomorrow it is going to be HOT - 112 degrees! Fortunately we will be inside during the daytime for the conference and hopefully it will be cooler at night when we go out. There is also snow in Morocco in the Atlas Mountains that doesn't melt until June!
We walked the beach in Casablanca today and there were thousands of people there, many kicking around a soccer ball; below are some photos.
I will answer the questions about schools and markets when I'm in Marrakesh!
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