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Spain + Morocco 2 B • June 25-July 8, 2022

Headed to Marrakech!

July 1, 2022

Hi everyone!

 

We just wrapped up our trekking section in the beautiful Picos De Europa park. On Tuesday we transferred from Llanes to the secluded mountain town Sotres. There, the girls settled into the hostel and enjoyed the breathtaking views right outside of the place. We enjoyed an early dinner and went to bed early to rest up for our hike the next day.

 

On Wednesday morning we prepared for the day head with a light breakfast in the quaint dining room of our hostel. Merric and Claire, our leaders of the day, spoke with our guides about the hike and they then shared the information with the group. We then embarked on a journey through the Picos. The hike was full of amazing views of the mountains. We were all in awe by how large the mountains are in person. There was a lot of uphill on this first hike making it tough for some, but Renee helped keep everyone in a positive and enthusiastic mood. After a lot of hills and fog, we made it to our stay for the night. We enjoyed a nice dinner and wrapped up the night with a nice MoonUp led by our leaders of the day. The girls celebrated their accomplishment with jokes and laughter. Sophia and Liza expressed their newfound love for hiking. We then wrapped up MoonUp and called it a night.

 

The next day was another day of trekking; however, this time we were going downhill rather than up. The weather was perfect, and the hike was incredible. We navigated through wide open fields and dense forests. Eventually, we made our way down to our lunch spot. After lunch, we had some time to kill before our rides arrived, so some of the girls decided to play a celebrity guessing game. Caroline was exceptionally good at figuring out who her famous people were. Some of the girls also decided to go to the gift shop. Lydia and Avery snagged some nice Picos De Europa merchandise. Our rides then arrived and transferred us to Cain.

 

After settling into our hostel, the group enjoyed a delicious meal for dinner and wrapped up the night with a great MoonUp. Led by Estelle and Renee, the group got deep with their questions and opened up with each other. Today, we wrapped up our trekking with a hike through an insane canyon. The girls braved the heat and conquered the canyon. Now we’re headed back to Madrid to get ready for Marrakech!

 

-LG and Diego


Surfing the Swells in Spain!

June 28, 2022

Hi Spain and Morocco families and friends!

Everyone has arrived in Spain and so far it has been absolutely amazing!

We began our adventure driving from Madrid to Llanes, a small ocean side town, where we got to explore and surf. The girls were exhausted from their airport day and they all slept nearly the whole car ride to our Refugio. After we arrived and the girls were feeling rested, we had some free time to settle in and get to know each other. In the time we arrived at dinner the group dynamic completely changed. I can genuinely say I’ve never had a group bond and get close so quickly. It was only a matter of time before they were outside having a photo shoot with the sun setting behind the mountains. Our first dinner was filled with lots of laughs and entertaining stories from Renee and our night was ended under the stars for our first MoonUp.

We woke up the next morning to a leisurely breakfast and then began our first full day of activities canyoneering! The girls absolutely loved sliding down the rocks, jumping into the natural pools, and they thought our wetsuits and helmets were hilarious to wear. Sophia led the group down the river with no fear or hesitation with anything we encountered. She was the only one in the group to participate in cliff jumping and did the perfect cannonball into the water, giving the rest of the girls a good splash. Our day continued to get better as we traveled into Llanes for a pizza lunch and a visit to a local gelato stand by the ocean. Our day continued with our afternoon surfing class. Avery impressed us all with her natural surfing skills and was able to get up and catch a wave on her first try! Everyone did an amazing job, and despite some very funny wipeouts, the whole group was able to get up successfully and ride some waves that afternoon. That night we had an amazing MoonUp which was led by our first LODs, (leaders of the day), Liza and Lydia. They found a perfect spot for the whole group to come together and afterwards everyone stayed up talking and playing games.

The next morning, we slept in and woke up to another great breakfast and beautiful blue skies. We immediately went to the beach and all the girls got to practice the surfing skills they had learned from the day before. After some time in the water, Lydia, Merric, and Caroline found a very cool cave inside the rocks next to the ocean, which they explored and discovered it was home to many crabs and some beautiful seashells. While they were off exploring the shore, Claire and Estelle continued to surf and stayed out as long as they could to catch the last waves of the day! After our fun morning of surfing we were sad to say goodbye to the beautiful beaches of Llanes, but are all so excited and eager to begin our adventures trekking through the Picos de Europa National Park!

– LG and Diego

 


Safely in Spain!

June 27, 2022

Hello Spain and Morocco Families!

We heard from our leaders that the group has landed safely in Spain. The trip is off to a great start as they head into their canyoneering section today, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventure.

Please remember our leaders and students will be unplugged during their trips but we will be posting up to three trip updates throughout the next couple of weeks! This will allow you to follow along with the trip and the students will also give a special shout out mid-way through! You can also follow us on Instagram, @moondanceadventures, to see more of what we are up to this summer!

-Moondance HQ


Students

  • Caroline
  • Claire
  • Estelle
  • Liza
  • Lydia
  • Renee
  • Merric
  • Sophia
  • Avery

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