July 9: Moon Paths to Carrapateira

July 9: Moon Paths to Carrapateira

The house was empty in the morning.

I had the whole hostel to myself. There was a market in the little square next to us so I grabbed some fresh veggies, eggs, and herbs went back to the little hostel.

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July 8: Finding My Center in Vila Nova de Milfontes

July 8: Finding My Center in Vila Nova de Milfontes

Vila Nova de Milfontes is about two and a half hours southwest of Ericeira. The drive was smooth and calm, no traffic at all.

I didn’t plan on staying there long. A friend told me about a secret beach there that I had to check out but first I had to find a place to stay.

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July 8: Ericeira - The Ocean Surfed Me

July 8: Ericeira - The Ocean Surfed Me

Martha had to leave early in the morning for a wedding. I drove to Ribeira D’ilhas Beach to meet Chico and the other students for the surf lesson.

The grey sky loomed over me as I pulled off the main road and into the beach lot.

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July 7: Wandering

July 7: Wandering

I arrived back at the ocean early in the morning. The parking lot was empty except for a few van life souls.

I sat on the concrete bench again and wrote in my journal for a while.

Listening to the ocean and watching the waves.

Hey Big Blue

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July 5: Surf & Climb

July 5: Surf & Climb

The morning of July 5th I had one of my best days surfing. It was another small group of people and the waves were absolutely perfect for us.

We even paddled out a little and ~ drum roll please ~ I caught my first set of green waves!

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July 3: Surfeminism

July 3: Surfeminism

The third day of surfing with Naturexperience was awesome again but then some serious conversations started to happen with Finn’s Dad. We were talking on the beach while Finn and his eight year old little sister were playing in the ocean. I asked him if she was also taking surf lessons just making conversation. 

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July 2: Surfing the Veggie Wave

July 2: Surfing the Veggie Wave

It was another gorgeous day surfing. The class was small and the waves were perfect. I felt like I was getting the hang of everything. I was having fun even when I was wiping out and that was growth in itself.... 

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