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.