It all came about very last minute but I was on my way to Casablanca to attend a conference with a number of my colleagues. We arrived in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 12th and checked into the Four Seasons Hotel along the beach. It was a 2.5 day long conference with social activities planned in the evenings. On Monday, we enjoyed a city bus tour to the Hassan II Mosque and then a late dinner at El Mechouar Palace. The next evening, I met a friend also there for the conference, and we nipped over to the Villa Blanca Hotel for a glass of Moroccan wine (Four Seasons happens to be a dry hotel) before returning to the gala dinner starting again around 9:00 pm which included some excellent entertainment with a mix of singers and Moroccan dancing. Our last day was a half day so we had time for a walk along the promenade and a dip in the pool before having an early dinner at sunset. The next morning, we flew back to Abu Dhabi. It was nice to visit Casablanca again. Next time though, I would hope to make some trips to visit other cities within Morocco.
Upon my arrival back in Abu Dhabi, Dan had a busy weekend planned. We headed into the desert with two friends of his for an afternoon desert drive, barbeque and overnight camping. The drive was pretty relaxed and then we set up camp before the sun started to set. We had some drinks round the fire and soon started up the barbeque. We stayed up until all the firewood was burned and enjoyed gazing at the stars.