So we went quiet. Apologies. We've had a lot to talk about. Firstly, how much we love it here. Hossegor and the surrounding area is just beautiful and extremely appealing to us both; year-round surfing, yoga, a youthful international and relaxed atmosphere, pine forests, a lake, sunshine right into October. So we decided to stay a while. We stayed in a shared house for a few days and then the opportunity came up to spend 10 days in a beautiful place and also do 10 days of yoga, both for a very reasonable cost. And as this is a definite contender for a future base for us we wanted to see how it felt to live here for a little while at least, rather than just pass through.
If I'm being honest it's taken me this long just to wind down; living apart for six months, getting married, refurbishing our house ourselves, quitting my job, moving out and leaving to travel around in a van for an indefinite period was unbelievably stressful. For the first two weeks I was in a state of shock and panic and I feel like I've been sloughing off all that pressure and stress since we left - there's still some left. I'm hoping the yoga will take care of the last vestiges. There have been some tears and some shaky moments - in week one we had one of our worst rows ever, but we realised we were being idiots and forgave and moved on. We never expected this to be all sunshine and roses, it's still real life and there will be good times and bad times of course. We're only human.
Sam, the We Follow The Sun van, is drawing admiring glances and if we were charging for photos we'd probably be good for petrol money until Portugal. We're both losing weight, Carlos has started yoga (and I didn't even nag him into it!) and we're beginning to feel at home here. 'What?', you say, that's it? The search is over? So soon? But never fear, come mid-month we'll be headed south through the Basque country and the north coast of Spain, on our way to Portugal. And most importantly it's given us the space to consider what this is all about. We Follow The Sun isn't just an indulgent online diary for us to show off about what we're up to - making the jump to do this together has been far from easy and this isn't just a long extended jolly for us. This is serious! Well serious, and fun and awesome, but definitely serious. This is about life and whether we can actually have all those things we've both dreamed about for years but kept putting off until tomorrow. For me that was something as simple as being able to see the stars at night and for Carlos waking up to the sound of the ocean.
So we've done a lot of talking and thinking about what it all means and what we're passionate about and why we're taking this journey. And so We Follow The Sun is going to be a pivot for us both and the journey, our next shared project in which we celebrate this crazy decision, discover how to live and work without compromising on freedom and the things that matter and meet and share with other people who are also creating a life of their own design.
We've already connected with some likeminded people here, from Ben at the Milk Coffee Co. (www.milkcoffeeco.com), Quentin and Morgan at Stepart (www.stepart.fr) to Gabrielle at Bikram Yoga Hossegor (www.facebook.com/YogaBikramHossegor) and we'll be sharing more about their stories over the week. And we have some exciting future plans for the site and for the journey. We staying at the gorgeous home of Valentine, which we found on Airbnb - it's just our kind of place and we even received an invite to the neighbour's barbecue tonight - we feel right at home. You can find a link to Valentine's place here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/516041