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Impressions of a trip to Casablanca

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The views of local fishermen to the Hassan II Grand Mosque in Casablanca

I think that Morocco is the closest destination from Spain that can already give us that tingling surprise, that unique feeling of mixing in a different culture when we are traveling. While it is true that the people of Algeciras are not far from the inhabitants of Tangier, cultural customs have shaped the territory since centuries and when we step on Moroccan territory we will be surprised to think that the flight has only lasted a couple of hours.

A few years ago I made a road trip through Morocco and this past weekend I put my feet back in the neighboring country. However, this time I exchanged the desert dunes for the streets of the most developed city in the country, White House.

The radiant white on the facades of Mohamed V Boulevard waiting for the new tram in the city

We got on a direct Air Arabia flight from Barcelona to Casablanca and discovered the peculiar style that many Moroccans have when boarding the plane. No doubt, they seemed experts in the Ryanair style consisting of catching the first free seat on board, even reserving the seat next to it with the bag or other items that they had on hand. The company had marked a clearly visible number and letter on our ticket but they didn't seem to pay much attention to it. Fortunately, the plane was not full and we were able to sit in other rows and take off without further delay.

Casablanca was waiting for us dark. It was dark and, in a journey of about forty minutes, we crossed the main streets of the city until we reached the Barceló Hotel where we would stay for a couple of nights in a central enclave to discover the secrets of the most modern city of the Maghreb.

To speak of old in Casablanca is to speak of the era of French colonization of the early twentieth century. The architecture art deco Decorate the east side of the Medina with certain Moorish and Arab brushstrokes. I was surprised by the unpolluted white that Mohamed V Boulevard follows in anticipation of the brand new tram that will open at the beginning of next year.

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