Staying at the Intercontinental, I decided to walk down to the Corniche. It was Friday, so nothing was open along the way except a bodega, where I bought a Moussy and a water. Good thing too because it was hot. It took maybe 15 minutes to get to the Corniche area. It's a lot like other beach drives/walks... the water is the main attraction, along with the people. The first people I met were a group of Filipinos out for a Friday road-ride. They said they had ridden 70km - this made me a little jealous! I've been trying to keep in shape in the gym, but a nice ride would suit me about now. As I walked along, I came upon a group of young men having a picnic. They invited me to sit with them, which I took them up on. I was a little nervous telling them I am American (this is my first trip to the ME, and I'm still figuring out where I fit - as well as where I don't), but they put my mind instantly at rest. One of them was very interested in learning about America - he wants to come for college. They poured me several cups of spicy chai-style tea and fed me dates and snack mix. They also politely smacked me down for reaching for the dates with my left hand (something I tried to ingrain into my head in expectation of such an encounter!). We took some pictures together and I made my way back to the hotel. They tried to get me to stay for barbeque, or whatever they'd call it, but I politely declined... if I wasn't working tomorrow and was willing to risk a little stomach bug, my guess is that the food would have been great. Met a French worker on the way back looking to do some snorkeling. Not sure if he found anything good or not, but that may be an option for you. The walk back took me past several mosques that were busy with Friday services.
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