Well, I’ve just finished my last final. It’s been a crazy semester in London. Everyone will tell you that you learn so much about yourself and the world, and you come back with fresh perspectives and a million crazy stories, and it’s all true.
A few weeks ago, for our last trip, my friends Danielle and Camila (fellow USWIB-ers) and I went to Morocco. Most people go to Marrakech, the biggest city in Morocco, but we found a cheap flight to Agadir, which along the Western coast of Africa. On AirBnb, we had found a surf house right on the beach that offered day trips, surfing, snorkeling, camel rides, and more. The Blue Wave Surf House was in Anza, a small fishing town with a growing surfing community.
Our first night there, we sat with some of the other guests and staff of the surf house on the roof top terrace overlooking the ocean. Our lingua franca strangely was Spanish, not French or Arabic which are the languages of Morocco, because the surf house was owned by a Spaniard which brought what seemed like the entire Spanish surfing community to Anza. I didn’t completely understand all that was being said, but everyone there was all about taking life a day at a time, and living whatever adventures came their way. Their motto was “La Prisa mata” which translates to “the price of haste,” kind of like the Spanish version of Hakuna Matata.
But we were hasty in taking full advantage of the beautiful town of Anza. We went surfing, hiking, cliff-jumping, to the market, ate delicious (and cheap) food, rode camels, learned some Arabic, and just relaxed in the sunshine. It was a nice change from the dreary weather and impending stress of finals in London.
Travel is about seeing something different. When doing a lot of European travel all at once, it’s easy to kind of treat it as ticking things off a list, seeing the famous capitals of Europe. But sometimes a trip can give you a completely different experience, like our time in Anza. While we eventually had to return to real life, I’ll always remember the great adventure and la prisa mata.