We had our kick-off meeting last Saturday at the IBM Morocco office in
which was a stone throw away from our hotel.
I would say that the kick off meeting went quite well. We were able to meet some of the IBM leaders
such as IBM Morocco’s Country General Manager, Abdallah Rachidi Alaoui; HR
Country Leader Najlaa Hachami; Innovation Center & Technical Exploration
Center Program Manager Asmae Chaarani; and Business Development Manager Ali
Aqallal to name a few. Being able to meet these high ranking officials made me
realize that what we’re doing is really of importance to IBM. I do hope that we’ll be able to achieve
everything that we were asked to do so that everyone’s happy. :-) And oh, we were served some sweet pastries
and of course, the much awaited “Moroccan mint tea.” Loved it!!! It was an instant hit to the
whole team, especially to Jailan Adly (CDC Program Manager) who had named the
drink as the “Moroccan Red Bull” Casablanca
The meeting ended by lunch time and we headed to
afternoon. Our coaster had some down
time due to flat tire thus our beloved Boutaina Alami (CDS Country
Representative) and her ever so kind husband offered to give us a ride to Rabat . Rabat
We ate dinner at K.Moon which was a really nice upscale restaurant. I have noticed that the servings here in
really big that even I (who have a very large appetite) am having a hard time
finishing all of it. I just do hope that by the end of this stint, I wont be
gaining much weight at all. >.< Morocco
I had theTagine de poulet beldi which is chicken with marinated olives, saffron and some citrus-y ingredients in it and Pastilla aux fruits de mer which is basically seafood pastry with noodles in it. The food was ok except that I liked the ones I had the night before better.
Pastilla aux fruits de mer
Tagine de poulet beldi
We also had our first experience of having our hands washed with orange blossom scented water in unique silver container in K.Moon. Check out Rahul and Andrew's excitement in the pic above! :-) The scent was just lovely! In a Moroccan home hand washing is done together at the table with a basin and jug.
We'll be having a walking tour tomorrow to get the feel of the area. Very tiring day indeed, need to rest now. Goodnight!