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Surfing in Morocco, Part II

Surfing in Morocco, Part II

My Moroccan surfing adventure had got off to a shaky start. After a couple of weeks of searching, I still hadn’t been able to find a suitable board. On top of that, it turned out the car I had rented didn’t have folding back seats, so even if I had managed to buy a board I couldn’t have fitted the bastard in the car anyway. So instead of paddling out at Safi to ride its famous point break, I was…

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Exploring Paradise Valley

Exploring Paradise Valley

An hour’s drive north-east of the coastal city of Agadir, Paradise Valley lies in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. If you walk far enough up the gorge, you can find some peace and solitude away from the crowds and cafes. If you liked this post, you may also enjoy Paradise Valley?, Exploring Marrakech Know someone who might like this post?

Paradise Valley?

Paradise Valley?

I was doing a little online research into what to see around the coastal town of Agadir, and came across Paradise Valley. The official website for the area told of a ‘breathtaking oasis’, a ‘serene haven’ of ‘stunning natural beauty’, featuring ‘lush greenery…cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear natural pools’. Online photos of Paradise Valley looked amazing, so I immediately added it to my must-do list. As is was closer to my accommodation, I decided to take the back way to Paradise…

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Surfing in Morocco, Part I

Surfing in Morocco, Part I

One of the many reasons I came to Morocco was for the surf. The nation has nearly 2000 kilometres of coastline, the vast majority of which is regularly belted by Atlantic swells. Once the destination of counter-culture adventurers way back when, Morocco is now an established surfing destination with some world renowned breaks. Having not had a surf since leaving New Zealand, I figured it was high time to get back into the water. I bought a wetsuit from a…

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Driving the Transfagarasan Road

Driving the Transfagarasan Road

Whilst researching places to visit in Romania, I came across photos of a spectacular winding road, snaking its way high up to a pass over the mighty Carpathian Mountains. It looked amazing and a blast to drive, so I put the Transfagarasan Road on the must-do list. After a couple of days in Romania’s capital Bucharest, I picked up a hire car to explore the Transfagarasan. I planned to start the drive from the northern side of the Carpathian Mountain…

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Diving the Ghosts of Corsica, Part II

Diving the Ghosts of Corsica, Part II

B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Her Did ’, Calvi Corsica is a spectacular place. Inland from the rugged coastline’s turquoise waters, mountains rise steeply, their towering granite summits patched white with snow even in the late spring. I stared out the window as the bus wound it’s way from Bastia to Calvi, through valleys cut by fast flowing rivers and over steep mountain passes. We descended into the town in the early evening, where the 400 year old walls of the citadel…

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Diving the ghosts of Corsica, Part I

Diving the ghosts of Corsica, Part I

P-47 Thunderbolt, Miomo It had been 18 months since my last dive, and I fumbled clumsily whilst preparing my gear. I was sitting with two other divers in the spring sunshine, beside the picturesque little harbour at Erbalunga, Corsica. Our dive operator Rym, who took the task of conducting our refresher dive seriously, asked us questions about equipment and protocols as we fitted our kit together. Soon we were leaving the harbour in his fibreglass hull inflatable for a nearby…

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Surfing the Eisbach, Munich

Surfing the Eisbach, Munich

The city of Munich is known for many things, like BMW, Bayern Munich FC, and of course the annual Oktoberfest. It is also acknowledged as the centre of German, if not European, river surfing. Needless to say I was keen to check it out, so headed to the Englischer Garten on an overcast Autumn day to see what it was all about. Munich is a long way from the beach, and even further from a beach with rideable waves. The…

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Paddling Matka Canyon

Paddling Matka Canyon

Out and About Around Skopje, Part II I woke up grumpy. That irritated, stressed, annoyed grumpiness that manifests in sudden outbursts of anger and swearing. Where everything seems to go wrong and everything is against you. After an irritating breakfast, a stressful time packing my bag, and an annoying walk down the stairs and out to the car, I headed off towards Matka Canyon. The traffic shit me. The navigation map pissed me off. Oh it was going to be…

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Climbing Mount Vodno

Climbing Mount Vodno

Out and About Around Skopje, Part I Although North Macedonia’s capital Skopje has a population of over 600,000, you can still find some peace and quiet close to the city. Two natural attractions are right on the doorstep: Mount Vodno and Matka Canyon. And if you choose to visit them in the middle of winter, you pretty much get them to yourself. I did, and I did. The 1066 metre high snow-covered Mount Vodno lies to the south-west of Skopje,…

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