Before I settle back into the rhythm of walking in Melbourne, I was lucky enough to have a quick work-related detour to the High Atlas Mountains outside of Marrakesh in Morocco. I stayed high in the mountains at the extraordinary Kasbah du Toubkal (www.kasbahdutoubkal.com) which is run by the local Berber villagers with genuinely warm hospitality. The view from my room was right up the valley to the highest mountain in north Africa, Mt Toubkal. On my last day there I was able to take a day to wander up the mountain valley mule tracks along the river to the higher villages which have only just had electricity put on in the last 12 months. What a treat – and the mountain air was so fresh – a perfect 26C when it was pushing 52C back on the plains of Marrakesh! I know where I would rather be! Definitely a place to go back to.