Morocco II – Casablanca

The minaret of Hassan II mosque

The minaret of Hassan II mosque

I caught the train back to Casa and it brought more realisations. I was in a compartment shared with five women and a baby girl and felt at ease, relaxed for the first time in Morocco. I didn’t feel like I had to be guarded or alert. It was really relieving to be in the sole company of women.

In this compartment of six women, all of them were wearing headscarves (except me) the mother openly breastfed her child. She carried on a conversation with them while she did. She didn’t attempt to hide it from us or from anyone walking through the carriage. There was no sense of her sacrificing her modesty or decency.

It made me realise how dumb our Anglo culture is, where we kick up a stink about mothers feeding their children in public, the same culture that (sometimes) judges these women for covering wear head coverings.

Man going to worship at Casablanca's Hassan II mosque

Man going to worship at Casablanca's Hassan II mosque

Casablanca was fairly uneventful. I wanted to see only two things: the biggest mosque in the world outside Mecca, Hassan II, and Rick’s Cafe, from the city’s eponymous film.

The mosque was amazing, but Rick’s Cafe left me only with the sense that I’d been there, done that and now had the photo (which isn’t even worth posting here).

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