A Date with Northern Africa

September 6th, 2012 § 6 comments

It was about mid-January, and 2012 was still new.  I was sitting outside with my friend in the hot tub that sits in the middle of the garden in Spa Zuiver.  We were sunk up to our necks in warm bubbling water, but the outside air was brisk and there were only starts and a bright three-quarter moon above us in the sky.

I’m not sure what we were discussing as we soaked there, staring up at that amazing sky, but eventually the topic rolled around to surfing, and my friend mentioned that she knew of a place in Morocco with a “learn to surf” package aimed at girls (ahem…women), where in addition to surfing you also did yoga every morning, went shopping at the markets, and hung out with other girls.

And so the idea was born.

“We should totally do that.”

“Totally!” (Because we are 31 going on 13.)

“How about for our birthdays?  We both turn 32 in September.  It’s the perfect reason to try something new.”


Nine months later, and it is finally our birthday month, and so on Friday we’re popping on a plane to Morocco and learning how to surf!

I am a big birthday kind of girl.  Birthdays are the perfect time to begin all over, rethink your life’s strategy, contemplate where you are going and what you want to do with your life.   I treat every birthday as my own personal New Year’s, complete with resolutions for the year ahead, so the fact that I will be stepping into a new country (never been to Morocco), on a new continent (never been to Africa before!), and trying something new (never been surfing!) for my birthday just tickles me.

This will be an amazing way to start the 32nd year off right, and who says you can’t start surfing when you’re 32?

I think this sums it up.

The place where we are going is the dfrost surf house in Taghazout. To prepare I have spent my summer running, doing hot yoga, working out at the gym, and swimming at the Marnixbad. I did standup paddling and slacklining to work on my balance. I revised some French lessons. I bought three new bikinis. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.

This is what the week ahead has in store for us:

I know, right?

After a week there we will then explore Morocco a bit more, so if you have tips on where to go and what to see, please let me know! We will spend 3 days in Marrakech, but there are still a few more days free that we haven’t planned yet. But not knowing is half of the excitement.

So wish me a happy birthday, and a happy travel, and I will blog again when I get back!


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