The first thing that struck me while I sat in the van as we drove from Casablanca to Rabat was the seeming clash between modernity and tradition. Brand new highways being used by tractors, gated estates surrounded by crowded housing districts, business headquarters placed in the middle of farmland, European cars stopped at lights next to donkeys.
This was a drastic change from the United States, where zoning regulations would never allow this sort of intermingling of the technological and agricultural.
The same can be said for the city of Rabat itself. Beautiful apartments are hidden on seemingly streets; garbage and stray cats hiding under expensive cars in neighborhoods that at first appear to be more middle class.
This clash is not limited to just the structure of the cities-but permeates throughout the culture as well.