Happy trails

… to you, answered my dear colleague Prof. Matthew Burger when I told him, that I was heading towards Casablanca with my daughter Lina on December, 31st and sent me the following link:

Just try it out.

Nevertheless, there’s a lot to tell about this trip. Casablanca isn’t really the destination for holidays, being a huge and very busy city on the coast, far away from touristic sites. How nice though! This allowed us to have nothing previewed by touristic guides or whatsoever programs and we planned our own trips with Zayd Mourchid, chauffeur, friend, saver-from-serpents on the market place in Marrakech; well, let’s say saver-from-the-serpents‘-owners…

But even Zayd was surprised by our wish to go on a small adventure trip, just seventy kilometers south of Casablanca (close to three hours by car), to see the ruins of the Kasbah of Boulaouane (built at the beginning of the 18th century by Mulai Ismail, the second alawit sultan of Morocco). It was on the one hand some considerably nice experience for Lina, who got amazingly fond of discovering the means of old stones – maybe I won’t even have to talk her into joining our Master in Historical Building Research one day…    On the other hand it seemed to be some well-found preparation for the next semester in BA 2 course of Design and Conception in architecture, where the kasbah-theme will play a significant role. Meanwhile I had to discover that I won’t even be able to give the course, due to an overload with other duties. What a pity though! Nevertheless, the many impressions and pictures will be save and secure in my head and my heart. Maybe one day I’ll be able to teach what I’d like to teach…