As promised, here are the photos from when Luc and I went out to the Calanques de Sormiou (almost exactly a year later!) for some outdoor rock climbing. I’m really happy I got introduced to this sport, it’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s the perfect amount of scary and challenging. There’s really something about being at the point of “argghh, my toes hurt, I don’t know how to go higher from here, I can’t find a good grip! Also, if I fall I will die.” and then thinking “Ok, I got this, just one more try” then finding good grip and moving higher until you reach the top. And all of this while the sun is setting in the corner of your eye. The Calanques de Sormiou next to Marseille is such a beautiful and inspiring place in itself that you would be happy to just sit and look at it – looking at it while hanging from a rope, with the wind in your hair and having just challenged yourself and climbed a rock – now that’s something special.
Marseille was next on my list of places to visit in March, and Luc on the list of people to meet. I went for a couple of days and ended up extending the stay, since life is just simply better in Marseille than it is in Malmö. We had a lot of nice dinners, celebrated Luc’s mom’s birthday, went dancing, and walked around. We also went climbing, but I’ve saved those photos for a separate post. Marseille is cool, it reminds me of Malmö to some extent, but the weather is of course nicer and it feels a bit more lively. The culture of people getting out of their caves to socialize and have wine every evening definitely makes it extra interesting. And then there’s all the street art, of course. Enjoy.
So, as you already know, I went to Marseille last week to spend another seven days with Luc. We were combining work with pleasure, trying to get things done while spending enough time in the sun. The wonderful thing about Marseille is that it lies in a beautiful area surrounded by national parks, white rocks and the sea – while being an artsy restaurant, bar and music packed city where strangers happily talk to each other by night. So we had drinks with friends, played wii, watched movies, had dinners and went out dancing after sunset. And by day, when not working, we took little walks and day-trips to the sea. On my last day in Marseille we had a picnic by the beach, and it felt like a perfect summer day.. and then Luc introduced me to his world of rock climbing.
I’ve never climbed before, and I’m a bit afraid of heights – but it was seriously so much fun I can’t wait to go again.
Yesterday we had breakfast on a small beach just outside of Marseille, barefoot and happy. Then we went rock climbing, which was a first time ever for me – and so much fun! Later we danced at a really great cumbia fusion party.. until late.
My breakfast here in München airport is far from awesome in any of those ways – but I’m the best kind of exhausted.