For two people who have not yet mastered a decent doggy paddle, can barely float, and are just a tad uncomfortable in deep water, a certain someone and I have the most uncanny love of the beach. Lounging in the sun, a book in one hand and a drink in the other, with the sounds of waves lightly crashing in the background; we like a lot. Energetic watersports or hours spent underwater; we like less.
We’re the lazy kind of beach bums, but beach bums none the less, and will jump at any opportunity for some sand between our toes and a sniff of the salty sea air. Even if this means arriving at the wrong time of year… In our defence, you’d struggle to find perfect beach conditions in Essaouira any time of the year. This sleepy seaside town on Morocco’s coast looks ideal for a spot of sunbathing but the reality is, it’s just far too windy! But as Wellingtonians, we’re used to a little gust of wind so decided it just had to be added to our Morocco itinerary.
A few years ago on my first trip to Hong Kong, I got my palm read at Wong Tai Sin Temple. I’m not at all superstitious but it was my first solo trip, I was in a new city, and it seemed like the thing to do there so why not? The romantic in me hoped that I would be enlightened, the realist in me doesn’t remember much of what she told me… Something about some kids and caring for my kidneys however none of it that led to the Oprah a-ha moment.
But there was one thing she said that’s stuck with me ever since – she told me that the thing I seek most in life is freedom. Whether she really saw it in my life line or thought it was a good bet given I was a single young woman off on an adventure, I’ll never know, but she was right.
I’ve always done my own thing, gone where I’ve wanted… I’ve always wanted to be free. Travel gives me the freedom to escape the mundane 9-5 life, the freedom to be completely anonymous, the freedom to talk to everyone or no one at all, and quite simply the freedom to explore. I’m lucky to have found someone who shares this love of travel and together we have travelled often, got lost on occasion, and always eaten well.