Travel Tuesday: Lex Weinstein in Morocco

If you find the patience, the rewards are that of a dream…

This post comes to us from our friend, Lex Weinstein.

As I stood in the arrivals terminal at Agadir airport, I was asked a question that abruptly interrupted my contemplative daze, soaking in the elements, absorbing this unfamiliar desert landscape. “Would you like a cigarette?” A tall, thin, dark-skinned man peered at me inquisitively. Normally I would answer with disgust, but with a strange excitement I politely declined. Finally I had arrived to one of my life-long dream destinations and deep down, the lonestar, no-rules approach to living was exactly what I envisioned of the people in this rugged territory. We chatted briefly and after we bid farewell, I walked towards my taxi and whispered to myself, “Welcome to Morocco.”

Time in the desert moves at a different pace than the rest of the world, a blessing and a curse depending on which side of the coin you choose to hold against your palm. Traffic zips past at frightening speeds while the midday sun burns through the sky at a snail’s pace. My first encounter with this challenge was when the airline lost my luggage — 3 days without surfboards while the waves were pumping; head high swell, no wind, sun shining bright. Each hour I went without felt like an eternity, and I struggled with seeing the bright side of this misfortune. But Morocco has this incredible way of giving you a second chance to make the right move or find another path, and so I decided to use it as an opportunity to enjoy the other aspects of my surroundings. Amouage Surf + Yoga Hotel kept me plenty busy — their guides took me on afternoon excursions to exotic markets and ancient cities. We hiked at sunset, practicing yoga while brilliant colors set the sky on fire as the sun tucked behind the horizon. From every postcard corner you turn, there’s something to discover — from the warm, inner blanket of the local mint tea to the brilliant colored tile and architecture at every glance. Below are my Morocco musts for anyone looking to take on this dream destination. 

Where to: 

StayTaghazout is a small but buzzing little surf town on the southwestern coast of Morocco, with everything you want to experience from North Africa with a full coastal vibe. Surf Maroc is a one-stop shop offering an array of accommodations based on the experience you crave. Between Taghazout Villa (an upscale hostel experience), Villa Mandala (a week long yoga/surf retreat house) or Amouage (a surf + yoga boutique hotel) you can experience the best of surf, yoga and ambiance that this quaint Moroccan town has to offer, at any budget. 

Surf — The best part of Surf Maroc? The surf guides and group tours offered with your stay. Based on your skill level, you can join a group or get a private guide to take you to any kind of wave you want, from longboard peelers at Imessouane to overhead barrels at Anchor Point. There’s a huge variety along this stretch of coast so I recommend getting a guide to show you the in’s and out’s.

ShopTaghazout hosts an epic little market on Wednesdays, but the Agadir Market occurs every day and has a ton to offer as well. Also, do NOT leave Morocco without checking out Essaouria, a town adored by Jimi Hendrix when he visited in the 1970’s with a cafe created in his honor. Winding cobblestone streets and back alleys are lined with the most incredible clothes, bags, lanterns, leather crafts, crystals, homegoods….the list goes on. Worth the couple hour drive from Tag, for sure! 😉

See — Go to Paradise Valley and hike into a gorgeous, palm tree-lined canyon and have tajine by the river. Wander around Tag and drink local mint tea by the water, watching the fisherman go out on their colorful boats. Go to happy hour on Moroccan Night at Amouage and watch authentic drumming and dance as the sun sets in the most beautiful ombre of fiery hues you’ll ever see. Then take yoga at sunrise on the rooftop of the hotel or get a traditional Hammam massage to fight off the jet lag. There’s really no wrong way to experience Morocco, so just get there (with patience) and the rest will unfold in imperfect perfection!

When my boards finally arrived, an unexpected bump in swell had me in the water until the stars came out. The taste of my first sunset surf was sweeter than I could have ever imagined, leaving me with the question every traveller asks themselves — would I have had as much fun if everything had gone right? In Morocco the answer is simple: the lonestar, no rules approach must be embraced at full accord, and if you find the patience to look at the bright side in a Moroccan desert, the rewards are that of a dream.

+ Where’s your next adventure? Let us know in the comments below!

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Liberated to Transfer

The wonder of existence’s journey is the fact that issues function themselves out while you proceed…

This article involves us from Lex Weinstein.

I recall with gem quality the times of resting towards the socially approved operating globe, glaring in the building with holes in my own eyes, fighting with my concession in my own vehicle within the lot of my. This had turn into a daily routine for me personally.
I’deb stay and ponder just how many more times I might endure like a captive there — 100, 50, 2?
How might I-do it? How may I depart? What might I actually do rather? Little did I understand the solutions to these concerns mattered not so much more than I thought, which the wonder of rsquo & existence;s journey is the fact that those activities function out themselves while you proceed.
Before I started touring the planet, residing out-of a luggage and discovering house wherever my passport press read, I had been caught. As numerous people are. Caught within an indisputable fact that another person ran my entire life, that I was only a target of situation in my motor vehicle accident of the daily program, and that choices were designed for me.

After which oneday, a chance found journey, and that I got frightened. Since it was what I needed significantly more than anything but to create it occur would difficult. I had been to endeavor and perhaps crash, or attempt at-all and proceed dropping a significantly slower fight, in a crossroads. Misplaced and shaken, I went to get a work.

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It had been a work I’ll always remember for my life’s relaxation.

A work that completely attuned me with my physique, that created me conscious of vein, each muscle, bone that assisted my body to work. And not simply purpose, execute. I had been sliding, shifting through the air-like a crazy pet, without any problem for length or period, just concentrating on the energy of my very own power and the hurry of motion. I pressed myself, harder, harder and harder. I’d never run such as this, without hurry with enthusiasm that was such. When I went, the breeze blew all my concerns and worries out my mind and pushed against my encounter and in to the atmosphere where they certainly were eliminated forever. The elegance of every action upstaging the following, as though my human standing have been marketed to short-term Goddess, overlooking battle, discomfort or even the pride’s attraction to inform me “I will’t.”

As well as in that second, the lighting was seen by me. It had been subsequently that I understood I held captive, that the truth is I kept the key to myself.

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I’ve usually had the liberty to maneuver — to operate, to search, to party, to perform. To frighten myself, drive myself towards the limit to exercise my very own power and laugh-in fear’s facial skin. That could not be actually taken by any one .

This July, I visited to 7 nations in 3 months. So that as I soaked within every distinctive locale’s civilizations, I experienced particularly thankful for that independence to maneuver. Travel, to consider the practice, or push across highlighting nations, to operate amongst historic structure, search shores that are perfect, to exercise yoga ANYPLACE, and also to walk different hill runs.
And That I thought back again to my times within the crate, the times before I understood I possibly could design my entire life and every part inside it.
And That I recognized that I had been usually free. Since I certainly will also have, and always had, the liberty to maneuver.

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#MovementIsFree With Weinstein

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Find influenced to maneuver by amp & surfer; Lex Weinstein, skater!

This article involves us from Lex Weinstein.

I arrived without any objectives at the seaside. It had been a Mon and that I had simply flown from Sydney into LA, investing 14 hours of browsing my personal favorite spot Malibu thinking. There s no greater remedy for jet-lag than the usual dash within the ocean, rippling and slipping across the dunes in a natural party of cuts and mix actions ebbs and moves.

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That I got our first actions within the mud and as soon as my buddy Adam, our eyes widened with pleasure. Without examining the statement, we came across ideal, waste- my personal favorite problems, peelers for my record. Sunlight was comfortable and also the water quick, we exchanged off dunes with laughs spread and paddled in a craze.

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“I understand a monster place for sundown,” tempted my nearby journey friend following a bounty of dunes under our devices, “with sleek cement if you like to truly have a skate.” I’d simply obtained a brand new Move from nearby skate enthusiasts Arbor Venice and was wanting to provide it a chance. A fast dried off along with push that is 10-minute and we cruised the residential roads of Large Dume along. Making sidewalk immediately echoed my amounts increased once more and the feeling of browsing. Using the breeze in sunlight and my hair on my encounter, it had been a smooth move in the watery influx party that I’d simply left.

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Where we subsequently rose the high, exotic hillsides looking for a warm-toned skyline we rode towards the dunes. Actually the atmosphere was a painting combined with earth-tones and watercolor shades, a complete spectral range of rsquo & your day;s indulgences. Once we viewed the vibrant basketball of fireplace place in underneath the sea we exhaled a breathing of supreme fulfillment of the evening invested completely, by ocean and by property.

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Letting Go’s Art

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“the opportunity to reside my desire existence, full of journey in the place of issues…”

This article involves us from Lex Weinstein.

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Our Grandma’s nickname for me personally is “Gitanita.” In Spanish, which means “small gypsy.” Like A reader, I’ve always liked to visit looking for dunes but, 3 years previously, I quit my work, offered all my possessions, and said farewell to my nearest family and friends to get an opportunity to reside my desire existence, full of journey in the place of issues. At 89, it was difficult for my Grandmother to consume. But with time the classes passed as she noticed how I flourished within the unforeseen, wanted out various civilizations and traditions, and craved engagement within the unfamiliar.  She’s never been someone to sugar coat, therefore my talks together with her following a lengthy stint aside are a few of my favorites. She likes to notice whether the journey was what I anticipated, what went not correct I set hellip it&;the material that is difficult. It s my Grandma since if anybody understood the challenges and sacrifices it requires to create a desire a real possibility. Or when I contact her, my Ita.

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In 1961 my Grandparents executed what I recognize being a crazy work of bravery and religion; delivering their four oldest kids on the airplane towards the U.S. with only a benefit along with a hug. 3 years were used producing countless efforts to depart the nation by every way of transport feasible. Lastly, in 1964, they certainly were ready to securely and legitimately travel abroad where they rejoined using the kids who’d been divided across America. Once they ultimately came, my 7-year-old mom didn’t actually identify her siblings. of returning the notion, on her, continues to be unthinkable. For me personally, it’s been a lifelong passion.

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And thus I came solo having a five- youth tales and foot-board tote kept holy, equally starving and reluctant for that journey alongside six. Our cab drive-through Havana established the phase to get a city picture that was beautifully, with congregations on edges exotic vegetation, and audio flowing from austere house windows. Problems offered themselves quickly; nevertheless, from triumph-at sea search splitting over flame barrier and spectacular stone, to some 36 -hr, fatigue-stuffed road-trip on Cuban freeways that were tough, to sleepless days looking for dunes we’re able to not discover. It was of browsing in my own mom& rsquo home-country not even close to my romanticized perspective, but a chance to conquer difficulty is one I’ve discovered to simply accept using the elegance of my forebears. And thus we flourished of compromise within our occasions, bouncing late in to the evening during sleep within the mud, or coming atop the coach to trip underneath the superstars. Without mayhem there’s no passion. We were all skating inside it.

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Cuba, for me personally, significantly more than simply manifested an ongoing perspective. It intended recognizing myself as my very own “desire woman,” a lady who are able to suspend using the kids, search in difficult problems, accept a tradition whatever the splits or discomfort in its background, withstand, be courageous, chuckle, get furious, remain my floor, empathize, bounce-back, release, love, eliminate and transfer beyond my safe place. However it is by using an overwhelming feeling of appreciation that echoes that is for my Grandma, and that I think about the sacrifices of my journey. Since without her desires, challenges, and certainly will to dominate, I’d never be her “Gitanita.”

Pictures by Lex Weinstein and Dylan Gordon.

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Bahamas Design, Go

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A trip towards the Bahamas full of browsing fishing, exploring go.

This article involves us from Lex Weinstein

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A couple weeks before my passport was dropped by me. Discuss hellip a crisis&;that solitary guide of varied documents was associated having a holy text, a connection dropping it had been mourning a demise, and as individual as that of the closest friend. 3 years of paperwork of journeys around the world — Tahiti, Indonesia, Sydney, Newzealand, Sri Lanka, Samoa, Asia, Hongkong and much more — a prize I prepared to truly save for my kids sometime, eliminated immediately. But of connection arrived a cleaning absent using the ton of holes, and also the motion forward towards enabling go along with a concentrate on the following major journey.

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Enter a classic buddy welcoming a escape. The planet has visited through her skilled browsing profession because she was 12 yrs old and, this year, discovered nostalgia to her local Panama. She’s existed there since and, within the many idealistic of time, inspired me to capture right down a trip to go through the question of her playground.

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Washing winter thanks to the Bahamas off is much like moving into a desire. Your first-stop, Gregory Town ve actually sampled house of a few of the sweetest I&rsquo and shores which are nothing lacking perfect. We discovered stunning dunes at rsquo & each Surfer;s a distinctive crash of the spectacular distinction between your wealthy, dim blues of the rolling Atlantic Seaside and Vacation Beach via the Window Link and also the peaceful, aqua shades of the Caribbean. As the information documented blizzards and limitless snowfall we invested our times discovering key caves and orange pit lagoons and consuming hot, fresh salad. Your lodging was on regional Harbor Area, a Caribbean location with electrical turquoise sea sights amazing shaded seaside bungalows, red sand shores and comfortable, charming residents.

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When I look-back about the many magnificent of occasions from my period within the Bahamas, from discovering and browsing to walking to fishing, there s one component that bands typical over the panel & mdash continue. Once the stunning Bahamian Goddess at traditions pushed the very first press into my newly published passport, I shifted forward in ways that permitted me never to overlook that, no real matter what, we are able to never return, and also to forget about yesteryear would be to set ourselves free.

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Lex Weinstein
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Images by Carl Rosen