Hey hey hey, hope you’re all doing well!
From the 13th-23rd June I was away on holiday which explains the lack of posts during that time! I thought I had scheduled one to appear when I was away but it didn’t upload so you guys didn’t actually see it until a few days after my trip!
I have been meaning to write a post about my trip and share a few photos but I’ve moved house since, and things have been pretty hectic! (Ok yes I did manage to sneak in a shopping trip, but who doesn’t have time for shopping 😁) I haven’t got many photos of actual surfing but I’ll still show you what I have got!
I went with the Surfing society at Birmingham Uni, but we had actually booked flights from London Stansted so had to trek all the way there. Our flight wasn’t until around 7am but because we had met up in Birmingham, we had to get the National Express coach down. So I actually set off from my place at 12 midnight. And yes I was extremely tired because I stupidly didn’t sleep on the coach as I was too excited haha. The coach ride was fine. We were a little worried they might be a bit funny about our surfboards but they were great and really friendly.
When we got to the airport and checked in with EasyJet we were told that the luggage we had clicked on online for our surfboards was wrong and we would have to pay an extra £40 for each surfboard. Ouch! It was a bit of a shame because it was the beginning of our holiday so wasn’t the nicest of suprises to start off with. Anyway we relectantly paid the extra money and eventually got through. I am currently on medication which I take at night because it causes me drowsiness so I had a bit of a pickle deciding when was best for me to take it. I decided to take it when we got on the plane – which meant I was completely knocked out throughout the whole plane journey. That was fine – but after when we had to leave the plane and sort out our rental car bookings I was still extremely sleepy so ended up sleeping on the path whilst a few of my friends sorted out the cars.
When the cars were sorted, I hopped in and slept through the journey to Zarautz and whilst my friends set up camp for the first time! The first few days were raining which was a bit of a shame but didn’t stop us from surfing and still having a laugh. One afternoon we decided to go to the Aquarium which was pretty cool. Another evening we went for a meal and for 10€ we got a starter, a main, a dessert, wine and water! Pretty amazing! The other nights we had BBQ’s as the campsite had some with shelter. One evening when a few of us were walking back from the beach we noticed some glowing insects in the grass. Later we found out they were glow worms! Pretty cool! Here are a few pics from Zarautz:
Our next stop was Biarritz. Standard me slept through the majority of journey again! – I don’t know what it is about cars but when its a long journey and I’m not driving, I always fall asleep! Mmm!
Biarritz was very pretty. We went and ate in the town which was quite a bit more expensive than Zarautz. I kept telling myself I was going to buy some macarons as I had never tried them but I forgot to in the end haha. The rest of the nights we ate BBQ, because we bought one for around 30€ at the supermarket. The weather was much nicer so I decided to buy a rash vest (my first ever surfing purchase!!) so that I didn’t have to go in the sea with a wet suit. I really struggle to get into wetsuits… I honestly have no clue why, but I take at least 20 minutes! One of my friends Alex does meditation every morning so a couple of times he did it with a few of us which was a nice start to the day.
Biarritz was also where we held “Fake Grad Ball”. Which is basically a night where we all put in 5€ and the committee go off and buy a few spirits and mixers and that make a punch – Brumsurf Punch. We all dress up nicely and the girls put a bit of makeup on. I only actually put on a bit of mascara, did my eyebrows and borrowed a bit of my friends lipstick. I had brought blusher with me but because I had tanned from the sun and was a bit sunkissed, I didn’t need any! I managed to somehow spill red wine down my dress whilst we were having dinner, so my friend who was drinking white wine covered me in that too and then I ran to the loos to try and rinse it out. Amazingly it did come out in the end – that evening there was still a faint mark but when I got back I whacked it in the washing machine and I honestly can’t see where the marks were before! AMAZING!
On our final night we went and joined some swedish surfers that were staying in Biarritz all summer. We had some drinks with them and then at 11pm when the campsite told us to be quiet we all went and continued on the beach. It was a shame it was our last night as we didn’t really have much time to get to know them. Here are a few extra snaps from Biarritz:
Our last stop was Hossagor. I don’t know why but I really liked Hossagor as a town. It’s a place that I would really like to go back to again on holiday! The houses were so pretty and everything just seemed so chilled! The campsite here was also a lot better as they wernt as strict on the 11pm silence, so we could chill for a bit later at our camp. The beach here was amazing, it was such a long beach that just went on and on. The sand was also really nice, and it made that squeaking sound when you walk along it. One night we headed down to the beach again and had a few drinks there and came across glowing sand!! (Which obviously we couldnt see in the day). It was so cool. If you moved the sand with your feet speckles of it would glow for a few seconds!! Someone said it was because of the organisms living in there?! Have you guys ever come across it? It was pretty amazing. Here are the Hossagor snaps:
The journey back was pretty standard. We managed to get a nice photo of us all as a group in London Stansted airport before we all said goodbye!