4.17.15 - 4.19.15 75 °F
This past weekend Nadia & her family hosted Nikita and I at their home(s) in Casablanca. On Friday, we went to one of her houses where her mom warmly greeted us. On this night, Nadia's dad took us around on a tour of Casablanca and bought us delicious Lebanese food. The next morning, we got an early start and Nadia's mom made us a huge breakfast. I can't get over how much Moroccan families spoil their guests. We had an assortment of about eight different cookies, a type of bread, croissants, the 'Berber Nutella' and honey, and about 6 glasses of mint tea. After we were stuffed, we went to Hassan II mosque. This mosque is the largest mosque in Morocco & Africa and the 7th largest mosque in the world. It was stunning and full of beautiful mosaics. First we had a little photo shoot outside of the mosque and took many pictures with Nadia's selfie stick & then we had a tour inside of the mosque.
After our tour, we drove to Nadia's next house, the beach house. This house was very cute and had an amazing view of Tamaris Beach. We also met Nadia's cleaning lady, who walked us down the beach and she was so adorable and kissed us about 10 times on each cheek! Later this day, Nadia's mom made us a delicious chicken, lemon, and olive tajine. After we were filled, she came out with our second entree, a noodle pastilla. After we could not possibly eat another bite, she came out with dessert - a basket of delicious fruits! With our food babies, we decided to take a nap & once we woke up, Nadia's sister drove us to Dar Ghalif, the hacking capital of Africa. I bought brand new movies here for 5 DH each, the equivalent of about 20 cents in the US. Afterwards, we walked down the beach of Casablanca and even helped a man practice his English by preparing him for an interview he had the next week. Our last stop of the night was at the Morocco Mall, which is definitely the largest mall I have ever been in. The mall has an aquarium around the elevator, four floors, a grocery store, a Moroccan souk, a huge food court, a mosque, an IMAX theater, too many stores to see in a day trip, and many high-end designer stores. I was in disbelief by the size of this mall!
On Sunday, we took a day trip to see Nadia's brother in his apartment in El Jadida. I loved this city! Everyone was out playing soccer on the beach and the city was very clean and developed. Nadia's brother took us to an old Portuguese fort and then her dad treated us to a delicious seafood meal. Unfortunately, we had to come straight back to Ifrane afterwards and it was so hard to leave Casablanca and Nadia's amazing family! Her mom even surprised us with a gift - a box of chocolates! She even said she would set me up with a Moroccan man in order to keep me in Morocco forever. It was hard to say goodbye, but I would not have wanted to spend my weekend any other way!