We are living in Agadir for a month. Our colds are almost gone. It’s a cold we got from Imlil after dining with a couple of trekkers in a communal meal. Both of the trekkers were hacking away while we were putting food in our mouth. A couple of days later, Doug started his cold then no so far behind I eventually got it. Yesterday, we were able to run and felt much better than the first run here in Agadir.
Agadir is a big city outside of Marrakech. We took the bus and it was a 3 hour drive down a very desolated and dry mountainous desert. We passed a few small patches of Berber villages. The bus stopped one time for everyone to grab a meal, go to the bathroom and stretch out.
Marrakech is indeed a busy city and the main hub where everyone goes in and out traveling around Morocco. The train and bus system is pretty dialed and I was surprised of how clean Morocco is in general. We already have our eyes set on coming back with our bikes to get a tour of Morocco pedaling away. We checked out the Souk at the Medina and can’t pass on the steamed sheeps head. Not to mention the amount of mint tea we’ve been drinking like water since to got to Morocco. The sugary mint tea is equivalent to milk tea in Nepal. I prefer milk tea.
Life in Agadir is very slow paced. A bit modern and mostly friendly, peaceful folks. Our apartment is centrally located so everything, literally, is walking distance. Including the run in the morning, we usually cover about 15 miles total a day grocery shopping and sightseeing altogether. The weather is absolutely wonderful. Think of it as California summer! The promenade by the beach is a great place to run or walk because it’s wide, well maintained and spans out many miles. The beach is runnable with shoes because parts of it is hard packed due to the fine sand. Great training on sand for a bit more effort. It’s been cool lately and when it gets hot in the afternoon, there is that cool Atlantic ocean breeze blowing.
The food here is amazing! Seriously healthy if not much bread is in the meal. Bread is a big staple as well as couscous but everything else is super healthy. Fresh fish, meats and produce can be bought from small local markets. They are everywhere so not hard to find. We are living on lentil beans, turkey and couscous. I’ll cover the food exploration in another blog post!
Doug is busy researching about what bike to get and from where. There are so many options but what is the most efficient way to get the bikes without going back to the California. We are in the planning phase of our world bike tour. We feel that the two years traveling have given us some experience and traveling by bike to explore the world more of a reality now. There are so many places we would like to cover but the seasons are tricky! There is not much difference from how we are living life right now, that is traveling and living months at a time different countries but this time, we would have our bikes so we can explore even more besides riding the bus or train. We will still find trail running races but this time, we will ride our bikes to the races!
We don’t have unlimited resources to tap into so we live minimally and with less, that is the key. We can live with very little outside of our comfort zone but that comes with where we are in life. Right now, there are a lot of things we can tolerate for the way we live.
My perspective in life or how I envision my life when in my 20’s is different from now. Even more different in my 30’s and now, far different from what it will be when I turn 50 or 60 or 70. I always hear the phrase, “live the moment” which meant something when I saw it but now I understood what it really meant. We cannot live in the past because it’s long gone. We cannot live in the future because it’s uncertain. We can live in the present and the present is what matters.
We can both see the changes in our physical well being as we grow older each 4-5 years. Physical changes also affect mental or emotional well being. Decisions in life changes based on well being. If everything is all well when we turn 60 or 65 years old – the retiring age – we won’t be able to tolerate a lot of things we can today. It will be different and I can see that with my parents. Even with their healthy and active lifestyle, there are limitations. We have met folks bike touring or traveling in their 60’s or 70’s or even 80’s but the changes physically will affect how we travel if we traveled like we do today. It’s not the same.
As we grow older, we won’t be able to tolerate many things. Right now we are able to and will continue to live this life – training to continue what we love to do. Life is really like a training camp!
Money can’t buy time, love, passion, peace, happiness or health.
Traveling the world makes us realize that we are vulnerable. We are vulnerable to so many things on this earth. We are no longer in a safe place but is there really such a place? We were led to believe that so for many years. The reality is, we don’t see that others around the world are as vulnerable as we are in every aspect – people get sick, people get old, people die, people are hungry, people get killed, people are poor and people are not educated.
I don’t know how I see the world a year later because it has changed this last two years with the many sceneries along the way and almost every time, things are unpredictable. Everyday is different. All we know is that we are still minimalists and are learning to be more efficient in life with less impact on earth. We enjoy living with less, just enough to enjoy trail running and cycling for a while.
The things we learned in this last two years traveling are the most valuable lessons in life. It’s humbling and we are full of gratitude. Everyday, we are thankful for life.