Tuesday, 29 December 2015

2015 - What a ride!

2015 is coming to an end and what a year it has been! We started by moving down to Morocco and made our riad in the ancient Marrakech medina our permanent home. We explored Morocco from South to North. We made new friends and enjoyed visits from our old friends. We launched our communications firm Red City PR and started working with Project Soar where we empower Moroccan girls. We also became involved with TEDxMarrakesh and will be the hosts for the next event in September 2016. We studied both Arabic and French. Patrick continued to work a bit for the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sweden and Per continued his board assignments for Lindex, Stockmann, Akademibokhandeln and Identity Works. And we went to parties, so many fun and fabolous parties. 2015 - what an amazing ride!

OUR LIFE LESS ORDINARY

We made the maze of the Marrakech medina our new home

Our beautiful and beloved courtyard house, Riad Arabe, became our permanent base

Rachida is our amazing housekeeper and also a great cook. She takes very good care of the riad, Disco and us.

Disco enjoyed the sun and warmth of Morocco, and to hang out with his pet turtoises Vincent and Valerie

We spent a lot of time with the girls of Project Soar and working to empower more girls in Morocco in this charity project, where we are also on the board of directors

Serving food and drinks to the homeless of Marrakech during Ramadan, here with our friends Samira and Ana as well as the team behind this great initiative

We managed to focus on our training and worked out almost every second day with our great PT Youssef at the amazing Dior Institut & Palace Spa of Es Saadi

With a gym like this you don't really have any excuses not to work out (or to hang by the pool)

We started Red City PR with our new pals and business partners Maryam and Chris

We went to so many fun parties, nice dinners, great events and brilliant cocktails. Here we are on the red carpet of the Marrakech Film Featival in December.

Many of our friends came to visit, here with Annelie and Stefan in the medina

We attended a Moroccan "wedding" that might have been a babtism

EXPLORING MOROCCO (and beyond)

2015 was the year we really got to know the beauty and diverse landscape of Morocco. We visited amazing cities like Fes, Meknes, Rabat, Casablanca, Chefchauen and Tangier. We enjoyed ocean waves in Mirleft, El Jadida and Essaouira. We loved the snow in Ifrane and Oukaimeden and the sand dunes of the Sahara. We trekked in the Atlas mountains and went to rural kasbahs and small countryside villages. We also travelled to Scotland, Lanzarote, England and Scandinavia.

Exploring the desert dunes of the Sahara

Trekking in the Atlas mountains with friends Kristina and Niklas

Hanging out in El Jadida on the Atlantic coast

Enjoying the sloaps and snow of Oukaimeden

Morning yoga and meditation with Maryam on our terrace in Mirleft, where we spent a week in a ocean front villa.

Having indigo moments in Chefchauen, the blue city of Morocco

Checking out Morocco from above

We surfed a week away in Annelie and Stefans beautiful Beachside Villa at Lanzarote

Spending a sunny August week in Essaouira

Laughing a week away in Scotland with Annelie and Stefan in July, where we stayed at the super cool hotel the Witchery and enjoyed some amazing fine dining dinners (and lunches).

So, as the year 2015 comes to an end we look back on a very exciting year. A year where we broke free from routines and moved to Africa. A year filled with positive energy, new experiences and the pure luxury of having time. We have learned a lot and now our life in Morocco is about to enter a new phase. Next year we will continue to travel and explore but also spend more time with our new business Red City PR.  Our goals for next year is to continue to be brave and to embrace all the experiences that come our way.  And to have fun, lots of fun.

2015 in 5 words:
Adventure
Entrepreneurship
Freedom
Fun
New Beginings

We are greatful for an amazing 2015 and embrace 2016 with joy and love. Picture of our new friend Vanessa, the Bazaar Bohemian, in a shot from Peacock Pavilions (aka our second home) that captures the very essance of 2015.

2015 - you have been great. 2016 - let's go!

We are spending New Year's with friends in snowy Sweden but soon we will be back in our beloved Morocco.

Have a great 2016 filled with love, adventures and magic!
P&P