Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Michigan Dinner, Morocco, and Chocolate Workshop

It's been an eventful little while! Since the last time I posted I went to a dinner for Michiganders that our Deputy Chief of Mission hosted. By coincidence we have a lot of people with Michigan connections at the Embassy!

And then I went to Morocco. It was a great trip! It was an organized trip through Intrepid, and I was really impressed--we had a great group.

After our hike in Mount Toubkal National Park, posing in front of the small village in Imlil district where we were staying.

Near the highest pass through the Atlas Mountains (we stopped for pictures right before the highest point because our tour guide advised us that there's no good outlook there).

Sunrise at Ait Benhaddou.

At the rug co-op in Ait Benhaddou--I ended up getting one, and an extra bag to bring it back in!

The Sahara!

The walls at Taroudant.

Various sights in Essouira. There were tons of cats all over Morocco!

Never trust an Australian who claims they don't surf--but it was still fun!

Left: overuse of portrait mode in Essouira. Right: crazy post-surf hair (also still oily from the visit to the hammam the day before) but REALLY digging that veggie pastilla.

The whole group on the last day! Left to right: Emma, Kim, me, Anastasia, Eugene, Youssef, Ali, Claire, Shannon, and Melanie.

And after my return and getting back into the swing of things, the Community Liaison Office at the Embassy arranged a trip to make and taste chocolate in Grand-Bassam. That was a lot of fun--single source chocolate really does taste different!--although it's not quite cacao season right now.

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