‘Welcome to the real world’

He is 33 and doesn’t look a day over 25. We woke up late and had a lazy morning, having breakfast looking out over the ocean and watching the palm trees move gently with the wind. Breakfast is followed by a 200-metre walk down to the beach. The ocean is surrounded by kiters flying in the air. We jump in the water and join them. The adventure of the day consists of a 30-40 km down-winder chasing the waves, ending up at a lagoon filled with perfectly flat water. The lagoon captivates us for hours with activity until the sun sets, the sky is a mixture of orange and pink. The easiest way to get home is a 30 minutes drive with a beach buggy. He opens a beer and asks when I arrived. ‘2 days ago’. He lights up with a big smile, and with a warm gesture he says; ‘Welcome back to the real world’.

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