Last sunday morning started off the same as every other: I woke up late, I yawned, I stretched and I dragged myself out of bed. Then I had a BIG sunday breakfast while listening to "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 about 4 times on repeat with two half closed eyes. But by the second my brain’s gears started whirring, my thoughts went to the fact that TODAY I’m going to see the U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton
So to make a long story short, last sunday, I was invited to the Groundbreaking of the United States New Embassy in Rabat, an event that Yasser Monkachi and I live covered via Twitter for about 4 hours. It is a new major project and one of the largest undertaken by the U.S Department of States this year in Morocco. The design seeks to illustrate the intersection of American and Moroccan cultures and also incorporates numerous environmental and energy saving innovations.
As for the construction firm, the Department of State selected American firm BL Harbert International as the prime contractor for this 150$ million project and The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations of the U.S Department of State to oversee the construction which is expected to be complete by January 2015.
Back to the ceremony now. Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton started by thanking everybody for the warm welcome then directly referred to the new Constitution adopted back in July and the legislation that followed in November. She said and I’m quoting: "These events are of significant progress on road to democracy… Morocco is a very good model for other countries in the Mena region and the Middle East". She also referred to the long term relationship between the U.S and Morocco, a relation that stretches more than 200 years without forgetting how the Legation in Tangier was their first diplomatic building and their only U.S landmark out of U.S. She added and I’m quoting again: "I don’t know how we would have made it without Morocco".
We also listened to small speeches from Honorable Samuel L. Kaplan, US ambassador to Morocco, Honorable Saad Eddine Othmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooporation and Honorable Fathallah Oualalou, Mayor of the city of Rabat.
The ceremony was closed and everybody was invited to the Groundbreaking/ Tea ceremony.
So I can really say that last sunday was a really good sunny day and there’s nothing that quite compares to the sense of freedom that comes with a good, sunny day: The blue sky, the bright sun and the almost spring breeze. It was truly a great day and I was really happy after a good live coverage of a beautiful day and ceremony UNTIL I walked into Marwa to do a small shopping spree and my phone was stolen without me even noticing ! Well, not exately, you see, there was this particular woman in her mid 40′s who bumped into me and then apologized. I understood later that she was actually apologizing for stealing my phone…
Not cool mystery lady, very not so cool.
The good news: I’m sick, so I didn’t go to school for 2 precious days
The better news: I got a new, better, Android, smart phone and I’m loving it
Moral of the story: When life sends you someone who steals something from you on a good sunday, ignore it and eat Chocolate on Monday (If that makes any sense at all)