Day 25 – Casablanca, Morocco – Mixed Emotions

It’s hard to believe that 25 days have passed and I’m sitting in my hotel room writing my final blog about my CSC experience.

I have mixed emotions.  On one hand, I’m very happy that we’ve completed our assignment.  We presented our findings and recommendations to INJAZ yesterday and today.  Our recommendations were well received and we have gained INJAZ’s commitment to start implementing the highest priority ones right away.  It is so encouraging that our work was deemed as valuable by the client.  Often times you wonder if the work you do will actually make an impact.  I truly believe after this experience that the work IBM has done will strengthen the foundation of INJAZ.

I say this all the time, IT hardware and software are enablers.  IT enables businesses, Governments and NGO’s to operate their business with confidence so the employees can spent their time doing things that really matter.  No employee one wants to spend their time waiting on Internet or tools, inputting data in multiple places or wasting time searching for information that should be available.  Not only employees but users / clients / customers  are impacted by poor IT as well.  A streamlined IT process erases the noise and distractions.  It is only when you have a solid IT foundation can an organization thrive and grow.  Am I being too preachy?

I have learned so much since arriving in Casablanca on February 28th.  And, I don’t think I will realize how much I have learned until I return home to Scarborough and get back in my routine.  This is where the happiness turns into being sentimental.  I will miss so many things here in Casa: the constant blaring of horns from the drivers, the heavy air that lingers from the Altantic Ocean, the chawarma that I have missed so much (ours in Canada is lack luster compared to here), walking to work everyday with my teammates, Edwin and Masa, the daily lunches at Ifrane and the server who hated us at first because we didn’t tip up to his standards but now greets us with a smile.  So many things…

But I must not waste mental energy thinking about what will happen in the future, I must focus on the present and enjoy my last few days in Casa.  Tomorrow is our last day at INJAZ.  Thursday we will be participating in a Community Day with students from a local University.  Friday will be spent at the IBM offices before we return to the hotel to pack.

I’m lucky to be spending a few more weeks in Morocco with my friend, Thia.  We will be going into the Atlas Mountains, then to the Sahara desert, back to Marrakech, then down to Agadir for a few days of surfing in Tagazhoute.  I will be posting some photos when I have access to internet on this extended part of my journey.

Until the next post…

Dessert as part of the Plat de Jour at Ifrane today.
Dessert as part of the Plat de Jour at Ifrane today.
Big Mac, Morocco Style.
Big Mac, Morocco Style.
The fries were pretty good.  BBQ sauce was better than home.
The fries were pretty good. BBQ sauce was better than home.
Poulet Tajine
Poulet Tajine
Mixte Tajine
Mixte Tajine
Fish of the day
Fish of the day
Pizza Hut Pizza.  They don't have deep dish here.
Pizza Hut Pizza. They don’t have deep dish here.
Tea at our Hotel
Tea at our Hotel
I love the team here <3
I love the team here ❤
The beach in Casa.  This is a rocky part but there is a sandy beach not too far.
The beach in Casa. This is a rocky part but there is a sandy beach not too far.
French Macaroons at a cafe in the Moroccan Mall.
French Macaroons at a cafe in the Moroccan Mall.
Some sort of seafood dish at the Moroccan Mall
Some sort of seafood dish at the Moroccan Mall
Chicken pie, Moroccan style.  Very tastey.  Sweet and cinnamon-y!!
Chicken pie, Moroccan style. Very tastey. Sweet and cinnamon-y!!
Salad bar at the Moroccan Mall
Salad bar at the Moroccan Mall
Buffet at the Moroccan Mall.
Buffet at the Moroccan Mall.
Casablanca's "Central Park"
Casablanca’s “Central Park”
A tea cheers before our presentation.  I made tea for Masa and Edwin everyday.  They call me MOM!!  LOL.
A tea cheers before our final presentation. I made tea for Masa and Edwin everyday. They call me MOM!! LOL.
Our teammate Fabian on a horse at the beach.  This photo makes me laugh so bad.  Even now I'm dying.  He found a horse and rode it along the coast.  He paid 50 Dirham to the owner.  LOL  Only Fabian!!!!!
Our teammate Fabian on a horse at the beach. This photo makes me laugh so bad. Even now I’m dying. He found a horse and rode it along the coast. He paid 50 Dirham to the owner. LOL Only Fabian!!!!!
me summarizing
me summarizing
Masa presenting our Timeline
Masa presenting our Timeline
Edwin presenting our recommendations.
Edwin presenting our recommendations.
Our team with Mr. Abbad from INJAZ and Nabil from IBM.
Our team with Mr. Abbad from INJAZ and Nabil from IBM.
Me staring into the Atlantic.
Me staring into the Atlantic.
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7 thoughts on “Day 25 – Casablanca, Morocco – Mixed Emotions

  1. Enjoy the rest of your trip – sounds like more fun experiences ahead to share – look forward to hearing all about it. Take care and see you soon 🙂
    Anz

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