Dudes from SurfVibes Know Their Downwinds

The downwind trip on Thursday turned out to be a great success, full of positive energy and happy faces. Great people, competent instructors (haha, it actually feels bad to praise myself but what the hell =D) and surprisingly good wind conditions made this trip enjoyable for all πŸ™‚ We stopped at a very nice sandbar on the way, where I tried a few s-bends but crashed them all mercilessly, then we visited an empty bay with pretty flat water and finally we made a longer stop, where the girls had their chance to get a few pictures taken since the boys were busy with landing and launching all the kites πŸ˜‰ This was my first real downwind trip and I was pretty happy to experience something different for a change. Hopefully next week we will manage to organize another one, would be cool to do it one more time before I leave the land of camels for good!

Thanks Surfvibes – Colona Watersport – Kiteboarding club El Gouna – Red Sea Zone for cooperating to make it all happen!


For more pictures go here: Downwind Trip 26.04.2012

May wind be with you,
Suzana

Palma Resort & SurfVibes Kiteschool

So, today I finally managed to drag my ass on the road (well, kinda) and went to visit my friends who have a kiteschool in Palma Resort, a spot located between Hurghada and El Gouna. Their place is amazing, with flat water and cross/onshore wind, and the only thing that I didn’t like about today was that I was seriously underpowered all the time on my 10m… I will try to go there again next week though if only the wind is there, cause it’s just so much easier to ride in such flat water… almost did raley to blind today, haha I couldn’t believe it… So, if only the wind blows again I want moreeeee πŸ™‚

Tomorrow I’m doing a downwind trip with a boat from El Gouna to Hurghada, because people from Surfvibes Kiteschool invited me to tag along if I help them manage the guests on water during the trip… ha, no problem if you ask me, I will gladly do it if I can ride in return… it’s cool to be an instructor sometimes πŸ˜€ We’re going to stop in some lagoons on the way, so it should be nice πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed there’s enough wind tomorrow!!

No pictures this time, cause I don’t have a camera cable right now. Hopefully after tomorrow we’ll have something nice to show πŸ™‚ My first official downwind trip, whee~~!

May wind be with you,
Suzana

Water Gods Know How To Make A Girl Happy.

Even though lately some things haven’t turned out the way I wanted them to, today was one of those days when you go to the beach, look around and think to yourself ‘awesome.’ Perfect conditions in the morning for my 7m, then pretty overpowered but still good enough to just have fun with all the little grabs, rotations and stuff πŸ™‚ After the second session I managed to crawl away to a chair in front of the school and stay there half dead, simply taking in all the sun, people and favourite music playing on my mp3. It was soooo nice, not that far away from perfect πŸ™‚ The forecast is slowly improving, and it seems this week we may have more windy days to come. Can’t wait actually, cause I finally got the hang of my new kites and now I feel really comfortable riding them. So now just give me more wind, wind, wind…

In the next few days I might do a few small trips here and there, want to check out a few spots nearby where my friends are, but we will see about it πŸ™‚ Don’t want to plan anything now, just enjoying the moment and all that comes with it πŸ™‚ As someone once told me – stay positive, don’t let people bring you down and good things will come your way for sure!

May wind be with you,
Suzana

Food Is the Stuff I Like.

Our bus goes down the street and takes a sharp turn right. The driver makes a quick stop, the door opens and suddenly there we are – in the middle of the street full of rushing cars, speeding busses and people crazy enough to walk into the middle of all this mess. On the other side of the road there is a big, run-down hall lit by dim sunlight. We enter it and the world turns into a mixture of green, red and yellow – a sign we are at the food market in Hurghada. Everything here is about fruit and vegetables, piles of bananas lie right next to carts full of garlic and tomatoes and the whole place is just so packed with people you start to feel slightly claustrophobic. I like it. I like how you have to squeeze between the stalls, I like how everything is written in arabic and you can’t really tell what is says, I like how it feels when you go through a huge pile of oranges just to find that perfect one you want. It’s all very vivid. And different. We wander around, buy some things, take a few turns through the narrow corridors and then we are out on the street again.

The food market is located more or less in the center of Hurghada, next to a busy street with lots of small shops. This area used to be considered “downtown” before all the tourist action moved over to Sheraton road, but now it’s mostly Egyptians who go there. Young people, families with kids, older men smoking shisha in the back alleys… it gives off a different vibe than the current downtown. A little less fake, a little less pushy. The store at the start of the main road sells sugar cane juice for one pound a glass. The food cart on the corner has amazing fried pancakes with feta cheese and vegetables. The sweets laying on big round platters in front of the shops are dripping with syrup and honey and are just so very, very tasty. Every other store is full of tea, spices and big wooden barrels with indigo, which is a vivid coloured powder used here mainly to paint the walls blue. I take all of this in and when it’s time to go back I’m tired from all the walking, but satisfied. It’s nothing really big, just a few new things I got to experience, but it makes me happy. I get to hang out even more with people I like later that night and when I finally go to sleep I have a feeling it’s all the way it’s supposed to be. Life may suck from time to time, but now things are just good πŸ™‚

May wind be with you,
Suzana

From Hurghada with Love

So finally, I’ve made it and here I am, safe and sound in the crazy city of Hurghada. I arrived yesterday late afternoon, but have already met so many new people and done so much stuff here! Yesterday I went out with friends for some Egyptian food, we shared like 10 dishes and it was just sooooo nice… And today I went with those super cool Hungarian people to the old downtown, saw the food market and tried so many new things I haven’t eaten before!! Took some nice pics, will upload them tomorrow πŸ™‚

So… this is just a warm-up to let the world know I’m alive and kicking and judging from how awesome my stay here has already been, I suppose there’s gonna be many more happy updates in the near future πŸ˜‰

may wind be with you,
your very happy Suzana

Is This Winter in Egypt or What?

First post in 2012, wheeee~~!!!!

Just came back from a 2 weeks long trip to Egypt πŸ™‚ We had lots of fun over there and even though there wasn’t much wind I think it was the first time EVER I didn’t complain I had to sunbathe instead of kiting (which only shows how awesomely awesome our stay was, since those of you who know me personally are perfectly aware I get all moody and annoying when I can’t have a nice session for a few days in a row… :P)

As far as riding is concerned… well, there wasn’t much of that. My riding is SUCH SHIT now, I can’t believe what 5 months off water did to me!! I mean, I was expecting it won’t be very pretty, but come oooon… Where did all my beautiful raleys and stuff go? How come they’re alllll goneeee??? 😦 It’s actually kinda annoying, but who knows, maybe if everything goes well, I’ll be able to come back to Egypt to fix that soon πŸ˜‰

So if the wind is dead, what else can you do in Hurghada? Well, you can sunbathe (obviously) or SUP, but the thing I like to do best wherever I go is making new friends with the people around me. After all, what’s the point of traveling if you don’t experience the local culture? And so, we got acquainted with at least three cooks (one of them even has a Polish wife… thanks for reminding me of “ΕΌΓ³Ε‚wik” man, I haven’t had such a good laugh in quite some time), the guy making jewelery (and he showed me how to do bracelets and stuff myself :D), the guy driving a cart with sweet potatoes in Hurghada and, of course, all the people from the kiteschool in the hotel. We were hanging out with them basically every day and on half of the evenings as well, so it was never boring πŸ™‚ Thanks for taking us to all the houses, apartments, little arabic restaurants, pubs, live music shows, markets, dinners and breakfasts and teaching me how to play backgammon… you really made our stay priceless πŸ™‚

Egypt is a strange country at times. It’s torn by all the political mess, people drive like crazy, talk fast and loud and always stare at you wherever you go. It’s also probably the first place I’ve been to where half of the taxi drivers take me for a hooker. People can be nice, very nice but scary at times as well and from time to time I do feel overwhelmed by the culture. I think I will never get used to it fully, but that’s just something I have to accept. Thanks to all our new Egyptian friends, who talked with me a lot, I was able to understand many things about this country I didn’t get before, and now I look at it all from a different perspective. But I guess that’s how it’s supposed to be, you meet different people, share experiences and opinions and after that you change. Your horizons broaden and your mind opens to new things. And then you go back home and you’re satisfied, because you bring with you stuff that no one can take away from you, stuff that makes your small world a little bigger πŸ™‚

I really do hope I will come back to Egypt one day or another. There are still things I want to do here (like go sandboarding or finally visit those damn pyramids) and people I want to see once more. I guess it’s time to start working again to squeeze some money for the plane ticket… Because taking all the cultural and political differences aside, Egypt is simply worth it.










May wind be with you,
-Suzana