Has it really only been 5 weeks?
It feels like we’ve lived here forever!
Safe to say we have found our feet here and made some amazing friends. Apart from not being around our families, everything feels normal. Not like the normality of being at home and working everyday but normal in a sense that it all feels right.
Since the last blog we have moved from Feral to Hossegor with a stop in Lacanau on the way. Feral was perfect for breaking us in gently with familiar faces and the comfort of knowing our surroundings. We stayed for a week and a half at Feral and then made our way to Lacanau which is about 45 minutes drive south. We only stayed in Lacanau for 2/3 days as it is quite small but those 2/3 days were epic!
Lacanau is basically a strip of bars and shops along the sea front, you can sit and watch people surf all day long whilst drinking a Mojito or eating a Pizza. It’s a really nice place and the surf is pretty chunky! France loves a shore dump, they’re everywhere and they don’t half pack some punch! We didn’t surf in Lacanau as we hadn’t been faced with this sort of break before so we took to the bars instead! (safer option)
The first night we went straight to a restaurant for food as we were absolutely starving, we didn’t say a word to each other when the food came out! There was full concentration on fitting as much in our mouths as we could. The bar/restaurant had an insane DJ playing, it was for a surf film premiere. He was the coolest old guy ever, long grey curly hair and wearing Jesus sandals just loving life. His music was so good, really funky and had everyone up grooving! We ventured further down the strip later on and came across an Irish bar called Le Mulligan, full of French dudes but the pub was so Irish it was hard to believe we were in France. Nothing really went off this night (other than the football) so we headed back to the Vansion for an early night.
The second night started off pretty quiet, we almost came to the conclusion that nothing was going to happen and almost went home. However, the bar man came over with 2 shots of god knows what and put us in charge of the music. Not sure he knew what he was letting himself in for! We delivered some corkers and got the whole place dancing. The bar was filled with people having an amazing time, not one person was sat down. About 2 hours in and we both got on the bar and delivered a great rendition of Coyote Ugly! We were literally famous in Lacanau the next day, we had slightly sore heads but it was totally worth it. It was one of the best nights we’ve ever had! The memories of that night will last a lifetime!
Lacanau was great but it was time to move further down the coast into Hossegor.
We stayed in a Surf Hostel/Camp Called Shifting Sands for almost 2 weeks which was really cool. I was pretty sad to leave to be honest but that’s what travelling is about I guess! The hostel was more of a big family surf house that is open 24/7, people come and go all day every day and you just get on with whatever you want to do. It has a really lovely vibe to it and everyone was incredible. Max and Jye (the two Aussies that do the surf coaching) were brilliant, we had so many funs with them over the 2 weeks. The first night we arrived was meant to be a quiet one with an early night but this was not the case. We were all chilling outside till gone midnight playing cards, drinking and laughing until I felt the effects of a bottle of Bombay Sapphire … Safe to say I made a great first impression on Shifitng Sands but it was all in the name of fun and it was the beginning of many great nights!
The surf in Hossegor is pretty powerful just like Lacanau and again there is always a shore break. The first day the boys took us surfing was bloody scary, it was big and those waves took no mercy on us. We got beat up continuously until there was no puff left in us at all. But as the days went by and we realised that we are going to just have to deal with these monster waves we slowly became more confident. Jye took us out back behind the breaking waves on this particular day and it felt like a whole weight had been lifted and we had finally achieved something. The waves differ everyday but for the most of our time here ive found myself not being worried anymore but instead taking the time to read the waves and start to understand what is happening. You really do have to respect what The Ocean is capable of otherwise it will eat you up and spit you out 100 times worse than you could imagine. There isn’t really ever any white water to surf here which is what we have been doing for so long back home so it is pushing us tremendously but its also a great feeling once we’ve succeeded.
We have made some lovely friends whilst being in Hossegor as we spend so much time in another Irish pub called Coolin A La Plage. Its the local hang out and its pretty much packed out most nights. There is a huge mix of nationalities here but mainly Australian, which is good because they’re all so amazing. Probably the most laid back and happy people I’ve ever met. They make my urge to go to Australia even bigger!
We took a trip to Biarritz last week with a couple of the Aussie guys that we had met in the pub. There was a small festival going on there so we all took some beers, played some random games on the beach and just chilled until the sun went down. The weather that day was incredible and the sunset was to die for!
Life is pretty awesome to say the least and things are looking up on the job front too! (will keep you posted if all goes well)
I also bit the bullet and got a new tattoo earlier this week! Id wanted it for a while, the weather was dull and we had nothing else to do so off we went! Its ace and it will remind me of this trip forever more!
The van has been amazing and she just looks after us day after day! Although it does get pretty hot come 9am but its also really hard to get out of the bed its that comfy!
Today is my birthday so I’m going to wrap this up and order a big old breakfast with a pint!
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read our blog and keep up to speed with our adventure! I’m sure there will be more antics to report on over the next week!
Lots of Love