• Irina Gomanyuk and Mohammed El Mejhad

    Irina Gomanyuk and Mohammed El Mejhad

  • Hassam M'Souli and his wife Najima Elyouusi

    Hassam M'Souli and his wife Najima Elyouusi

  • Mustapha El Ayadi and Najima Elyouuso

    Mustapha El Ayadi and Najima Elyouuso

  • A long tea....from Driss El Bouchike

    A long tea....from Driss El Bouchike

  • Ambassador Moahmed Mael-Anin with Dr Abdul Nasser Shamsin

    Ambassador Moahmed Mael-Anin with Dr Abdul Nasser Shamsin

  • High Commissioner of South Africa Sibusiso Ndebele, Mohammed Ali and Hogh Commissioer of Uganda Enoch Nkuruho

    High Commissioner of South Africa Sibusiso Ndebele, Mohammed Ali and Hogh Commissioer of Uganda Enoch Nkuruho

  • Ambassador Mohamed Mael-Anin and his photographic stalker

    Ambassador Mohamed Mael-Anin and his photographic stalker

  • Would Her Majesty approve?

    Would Her Majesty approve?

  • Said Mahi and Mahmoud El Alani El Hassani

    Said Mahi and Mahmoud El Alani El Hassani

  • Chief Petty Officer Zulkarnain Naim and his wife Zineb Bendemara Naim

    Chief Petty Officer Zulkarnain Naim and his wife Zineb Bendemara Naim

  • Driss El Jammoudi, Fatima Killeen and Mustapha El Ayadi

    Driss El Jammoudi, Fatima Killeen and Mustapha El Ayadi

  • Greg McLellan, Hiba Akmal and France Meyer

    Greg McLellan, Hiba Akmal and France Meyer

  • Faeza Benghari, Amanda Pirotta, Saida Othman and Rasha Aidosari

    Faeza Benghari, Amanda Pirotta, Saida Othman and Rasha Aidosari

  • Ambassador of Morocco Mohamed Mael-Anin and his wife Samira Mael-Anin

    Ambassador of Morocco Mohamed Mael-Anin and his wife Samira Mael-Anin

  • Mike Kelly and Sam Wong

    Mike Kelly and Sam Wong

  • Chunchai and Joe Giugni with

    Chunchai and Joe Giugni with

The Kingdom of Morocco is among my favourite African destinations and I’d happily flit off there again, because as much as you might get to see the first time around, there’s so much more. So I sipped my ‘long mint tea’ (long on pouring short on size) nibbled on my favourite pastillas and indulged in more than few dainty biscuits at the annual Throne Day celebrations at the Hellenic Club, where the embassy is allowed to bring not just their own home-made food but wonderful silver serving equipment for authenticity.

This day, always takes me back. Back to Morocco, imagining the medieval medina of Fez with its pongs, donkeys, meandering passages, the quiet spaces of shops and restaurants behind the doors, and the fascinating activities as people go about their day to day. To Marrakesh and the hidden gems that are the accommodation centred around tiled courtyards with exquisite water features while above are the terraces to watch the sunsets and hear the calls to prayer from the muezzin atop the minaret. And a ride on the Marrakesh Expresss, that isn’t an express train.

Back to reality on this occasion with a heartfelt speech by the Ambassador of Morrocco, Mohamed Mael-Anin, and his reflections on terrorism, its gobal impact and how Islam cannot be the religion the perpetrators hide behind.
How smug we can be about our home safety and security, and to be constantly alert is foreign to us. But to stop travelling is to stop learning and understanding. Travel, by any measure should be a bucket list of opportunities and dreams and Morocco is one to add to yours.