I have finally made it to Hotel Mercure in Rabat with the Fulbright group. The journey was long but surprisingly not too stressful from Portland to Casablanca. I was the first to pick my bag off the luggage belt and passed through customs without hassle. A large tourist bus was waiting with our extremely accommodating director at the airport and after about an hour and a half though some very dry-looking countryside we arrived in Rabat.
It has already been a long day: though it is still Ramadan here in Morocco, the hotel restaurant prepared us lunch (nothing to write home about, but still very satisfying after a day of travel), we signed more documents, were taken to the cell phone store where I dropped the equivalent of $35 on a nicer model than one I have at home, and went on a walking tour of Rabat.
I’ll be in Rabat until Thursday, listening to lectures and ironing out more details. Then I’ll be dropped off with the rest of the Fulbright researchers in Fez where I’ll meet my host family and start up
It is hot here in Rabat and humid too, and have been sweating through my conservative clothing, but other than that, I must say so far, so good.