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Morocco

So I did a thing.

I rather impetuously booked passage to Tangier, “a Moroccan port on the Strait of Gibraltar, which has been a strategic gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times” according to Wikipedia.

I leave on Monday, February 18, less than two weeks from now.

The trip will include a cooking class (of course!), a long day-trip to Casablanca, and plenty of tourist time in the Kasbah and the medina.

The return connection gives me a late afternoon/evening and an overnight in Madrid, Spain.

A year ago, I put aside some inheritance money to help me have an international holiday.  The original plan, Bangkok and Saigon, was scrubbed when I took the Circus Harmony gig.  But over this last weekend, I realized that I had a window of about a week that I could use for travel before my sabbatical ended.  And Morocco has long been on the list.  I chose Tangier because of the climate, the ocean, and the option to have a night in Spain.  And Casablanca is a rapid-train excursion away.

This will be my first trip to Africa.

Cape Spartel, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean.

Holiday

My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.

Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.

But summer holiday is filled, as usual.  I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research.  Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.


The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends.  I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!


But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .