The beginning of the last day started slowly as we were all tired after a long day at the women's association the previous day. There was a solemn atmosphere to breakfast as we, first, realised that our stay at the beautiful Kasbah was almost over and secondly, could not source protection against the relentless wasps. However, our mood was heightened when the leaders presented us each with a congratulations card for our exam results. After packing our bags ready for the journey back to Marrakech, we met Abraham for the last time and gave him one of our Morocco 2015 neckers to remember us. We then posed for photos with the rest of the Kasbah staff with the mountains as our backdrop.
Once arriving at Ait Souka, we jumped straight into the morning's crafts with the children all queuing patiently for face paint whilst the hokey kokey provided energetic entertainment. A couple of us were asked to join Fatima at the women's kitchen within the association. There, we were taught to produce mini savoury parcels containing carrot, olives and green pepper. Once baked, we feasted on our freshly cooked, hand made pastry delights.
Returning to the women and children, we finished the bunting we had worked on for the past few days and hung it up. The children had helped sew several GirlGuiding badges on to the bunting so they could remember our time with them.
To end our time with the women's association in Ait Souka, we were invited for a feast. Here we were fed small spaghetti covered in cinnamon and icing sugar and caramelised walnuts (which was surprisingly delicious). Next came chicken in a citrus and spice sauce which was served whole.. with olives of course!
We finished off with mint tea to toast the partnership of North West England Girl Guiding and the Women's Association's of Ait Souka and Imlil. At this point, we presented a plaque we created marking the five years of hard work for this Moroccan Project which was greatly appreciated by Fatima and the rest of the women's association. In return, a token of their thanks was given to us in the form of silver Berber jewellery. It was an emotional goodbye from both the children and ourselves and we journeyed down the mountain surrounded by a chorus of 'Au Revoir's'. Reaching the minibus, we said our farewells to Abraham and the village of Imlil before setting off for Marrakech.
Back at Equity Point, we had a chance to see the difference in ourselves between our first night in Morocco and our last. We returned more aware and relaxed with the culture, happily greeting passers by, as well as learning how to conquer our fears.
To end our last night, we enjoyed a celebratory drink alongside some funky dancing with our guide Sidi!
Home tomorrow and we are all looking forward to seeing family!
On behalf of Team Morocco,
Bex and Lucy