Back in Paris

Well, I’ve tried several times since we landed in Paris to upload some Niger pictures to facebook for you to see, but it just doesn’t seem to be working tonight, and now the laptop is almost out of battery.  I’d better plug it in and try again tomorrow . . .

But just to let you know, we’ve had safe travels so far from Niamay to Casablanca and then from Casablanca to Paris.  We even got to take a whirlwind tour of Casablanca during our 6-hour layover . . . a bunch of us decided to go exploring, so we piled into a taxi (good thing we had practiced close quarters in Niger) and found a taxi driver willing to tour us around for a few hours.  He didn’t have much English, but between the 6 of us, we managed to figure out most of what he was trying to tell us in a combination of French, very broken English, and some Arabic thrown in for good measure.  We ended with a very authentic Moroccan meal (we got to pick our own meat from the “butcher” stall and bring it to the “restaurant kitchen” to cook) and got back to the airport in plenty of time.

It’s amazing how “western” Morocco seemed after our time in Niger.  Had we gone there first, I’m sure we would have been commenting on how foreign everything was.  But after Niger – and especially Danja – this was almost like home.  I guess it’s all a matter of perspective . . .

I’ll try again tomorrow with photos . . . I know some of you are anxious to see them . . .

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