End of June – out of Morocco, back in Tarifa, refuges, and kiting

After a hilarious border crossing from Tangier to Tarifa, in which my van was scanned twice, checked inside twice, and then suffered a more serious inspection where I had done some body work repairs a few months ago, I finally managed to get onto the Ferry and get back to Tarifa.

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Where I had another set of checks (4) to go through.

I understand that there is a lot of traffic of people and narcotics from Africa to Europe through these ports, so I get why, but (at least the Moroccan side), you have to wonder what they are doing half the time running round totally unorganised.

I caught up with my friend who is ‘working’ in Tarifa, writing a book on her personal journey from depression to world champion sailor, and I got introduced to a few new people straight away and watched another epic sunset whilst drinking mhy first beer for about 3 weeks.

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She soon commendeared my van with her kite gear. Women.

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Very excited to be back in Tarifa and get some kiting session in. This feels like it will be more of a relaxed week or so, rather than a mad adventure of travelling around. At least for now.

Scoping out the kite spots

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In between the sessions we decide to get some culture, and spend a few hours touristically visiting Isla de Las Palomas – an old military training camp for those on military service.

The island has an different side though, and also serves as a refuge camp for immigrants travelling from North Africa into Spain. Such mixed feelings on this, quite uncomfortable to be walking around as a tourist and enjoying my freedom on one hand, whilst there were 80 or so men, woman and children literally locked behind a fence, passport and homeless, waiting to see what their future will hold.

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Kiting has been good for a free days, solid Levante conditions, and it feels good to get back on the water 🙂 and check out some more of the spots that Tarifa has 🙂

Being here is also offering me another opportunity to help my friend out with her book, apparently, I am now a researcher……!

Not a bad place to work from for a week or two whilst waiting for the wind to kick in!

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