Emigrating to a new country is a big adventure; one that you do not embark on without the support of good friends and allies...
The support for my decision to leave Europe and emigrate to Morocco has been overwhelming. From family and friends to PR colleagues, all of them wish me well, tell me this is a good move or just give me the "I always knew you would move there...".
Help from the home front is important; because even if I am making this step fully convinced that the second part of my life will be lived in Africa, I do have my moments of - not doubt - but feeling overwhelmed from time to time.
"You can live without a brother but not without a friend" - Arabian Proverb.
Having allies "on the ground" is also crucial.
I am very lucky with the support my new CEO and the team at PR Media are giving me. They arranged a full list of apartments for me to visit last week and I found a place I liked. It would have been impossible without their practical and organised approach.
While I am back in Belgium, Karim, my "man in Casablanca" will arrange for the fridge, new oven and cooker hood to be installed and will make it so that the flat is clean and ready to be used when I arrive.
You need people like these; good old friends standing by you whatever happens and new friends and allies helping you on the way in a new country. I am lucky on both fronts.
"I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." (final quote from Casablanca).