It has been 7 days now...
I arrived last Sunday afternoon in what (hopefully) will be my hometown for the next couple of years; Casablanca.
After installing the inflatable bed (that was new for me) and emptying my luggage I set out for dinner at Le Cabestan. It was a promise I made myself some time ago; if and when I emigrate to Casablanca I'll have dinner there and soak in the Ocean.
The restaurant has one big asset and that's the incredible view you have on the Atlantic waves crashing just below. Next to that the food is OK to good and the mood loungey. Let's say it is a "valeur sure" with a consistency in food, drinks and service.
Arriving in a new city is also having a drink with new friends and so I did meet up with old acquaintances who made the move years before me.
Another new experience was taking part in a meet up for expats through Internations. I was a bit skeptic as I don't really like the idea of the "expat inner circle" but it was a very nice evening.
Around eight people representing as many nationalities and speaking English, Dutch and French all at once, it does have something special.
And then of course there's work...
What an experience to be part of the largest PR Agency in the Maghreb. The colleagues are very welcoming and helpful as well as my CEO; a lady with an enormous talent for business.
I really enjoyed my first week here and have already discovered many top spots to have a drink or go for dinner. This Monday it is the Moroccan Independence Day so we have a long weekend - I'll take the time to walk around and check out the local sailing club...
Thanks to friends who keep in touch on a regular basis (when the Moroccan operators don't close down VOIP services) - it means a lot to me.
And thanks to all the new people here (from my colleagues at the office to Mohammed the concierge) who made me feel welcome - Moroccan hospitality is very real. Choukran !