Day 42 – Home and trying to adjust

Wow – this whole experience went by way too quickly.  I’m sitting in my condo looking at my luggage bags, similar to how I was looking at them when I was packing to leave for Casablanca, almost 2 months ago.  On this day, instead of anticipation, I’m thinking about what a special 6 weeks I just experienced.  Something that I shared with some amazing IBMers, clients and even more impressing, the students of Casablanca that I was so fortunate to spend time with.

To say this experience changed my mindset is an understatement. I have always loved travelling.  I have lived in Saudi Arabia, I take yearly trips with my mom where we, as I like to say, “just be” and now, I’ve worked in another city, doing something that could have long lasting impact to a city and country.  This CSC placement only has me craving more.  The world is a wonderful place full of amazing people and I want to explore it all…and I will.

Looking forward to sharing my experience with you and hope to connect soon.  Enjoy the photos below.

More food!!
More food!!
At this great Moroccan restaurant
At this great Moroccan restaurant
Local musicians
Local musicians
Bring your own meat restaurant.  You buy the meat at another place and bring it for the chefs to cook.  It was good.
Bring your own meat restaurant. You buy the meat at another place and bring it for the chefs to cook. It was good.
Me at the Grand Prix, Hassan II ATP tennis tournament.  Saw some great tennis!!  Including Almagro, Youzney, Ouahab and others!!
Me at the Grand Prix, Hassan II ATP tennis tournament. Saw some great tennis!! Including Almagro, Youzney, Ouahab and others!!
The beautiful family I met on the train back from Marrakech to Casablanca.  Little Jasmine gave me her mothers ring as a gift.  So sweet.
The beautiful family I met on the train back from Marrakech to Casablanca. Little Jasmine gave me her mothers ring as a gift. So sweet.
View from the hotel in Taghazout
View from the hotel in Taghazout
View from our hotel in Taghazout
View from our hotel in Taghazout
Surfing beach in Taghazout.
Surfing beach in Taghazout.
This is on our way to the Sahara.
This is on our way to the Sahara.
Me rock climbing in the Todgha Gorge.  Love how in Canada, we have to fill out forms, sign waivers, go through training.  In Morocco, you strap in and CLIMB!!
Me rock climbing in the Todgha Gorge. Love how in Canada, we have to fill out forms, sign waivers, go through training. In Morocco, you strap in and CLIMB!!

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Jette, me and Boutaina <3 at Rick's Cafe
Jette, me and Boutaina

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Couscous
Couscous
Masa, Edwin and I at the IBM offices
Masa, Edwin and I at the IBM offices
So good!!
So good!!
It was so delicious
It was so delicious
Burger NOIR!
Burger NOIR!

Hassan II University

The team for our Shopping Cart Challenge.  We came in 4th.  I'm proud of them!!
The team for our Shopping Cart Challenge. We came in 4th. I’m proud of them!!
Lemon Chicken and CousCous
Lemon Chicken and CousCous

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This is my new favourite food.  Pastilla is shredded chicken (or some other meat) with savory spices in a philo pastry topped with cinnamon and icing sugar.
This is my new favourite food. Pastilla is shredded chicken (or some other meat) with savory spices in a philo pastry topped with cinnamon and icing sugar.
The team outside of Hassan II University.
The team outside of Hassan II University.
Last day at the IBM offices!
Last day at the IBM offices!
Typical sand message
Typical sand message
I walked over to the group at one of our photo stops and suddenly I had two lizards on me.  I had no idea what was happening.
I walked over to the group at one of our photo stops and suddenly I had two lizards on me. I had no idea what was happening.
Me at the surf beach in Taghazout.  I have a lot of work to do.
Me at the surf beach in Taghazout. I have a lot of work to do.
The gorgeous scenery of Morocco.
The gorgeous scenery of Morocco.
Donkey selfies
Donkey selfies
Mud houses
Mud houses
An old city.
An old city.
Todgha gorge
Todgha gorge
Thia enjoying some camel milk.  I did NOT try it.
Thia enjoying some camel milk. I did NOT try it.

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Me on my camel in the sand dunes during sunrise.  It was so beautiful
Me on my camel in the sand dunes during sunrise. It was so beautiful
Me with our guide touring the movie set in Ouarzazate.
Me with our guide touring the movie set in Ouarzazate.
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