A Dark Hole
It's obvious I wasn't impressed with Casablanca. There's an aura of romanticism surrounding the city because of the movie by the same name (which, incidentally, wasn't even filmed in Casablanca, but on a Hollywood movie set). Coming into Casablanca from Fez on the train the air was so thick with pollution I couldn't see past 50 feet from my carriage. When the soup cleared, I saw shanties and metal shacks, garbage and ragged, grungy clothing strung out next to the tracks where the dispossessed live their lives. It was pretty sad.
|Inge and Caroline|
The biggest attraction in Casablanca is the King Hassan II Grand Mosque.
|Emilio and Fay|
We talked about Vietnam and the war and he told me his interesting story. He said he got out of going to Vietnam by enlisting and joining the National Guard. He then got a C7 leave and went to Mexico, stating that he had a family emergency. However, he never left the country, but lived under an assumed name. After the amnesty (from Jimmy Carter) he filed income tax under his assumed name and after five years of not paying a cent the IRS said he owed $280, but he didn’t have any money at the time. When he didn’t pay the IRS they sent him a warning letter stating that he owed and if he didn’t pay his debt they would come and re-possess his furniture. Shortly after, he resumed his life under his real name and life went on. Kudos to staying out of the war Emilio! America should never have been there to begin with, it was a disaster.