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Morocco Part 1

So I've been back for a few weeks now and I thought I'd share with you mine and Ian's trip to Morocco. Starting with our hotel.

Ian and I have always stayed in budget hotels so for us this was a bit of luxury we've never experienced before. We stayed at the RIU Palace Tikida in Agadir. 
We opted for the coastal resort of Agadir as we wanted a to have a well earned relaxing holiday.

The hotel boasts big open spaces throughout and has a selection of bars and restaurants.
When we entered the lobby we expected to see a small area but it was grand and exquisite. Like nothing we'd ever seen before.

The lobby is the main hub of the hotel with a shop and a 24 hour bar. It has the main restaurant and then it has 3 a la carte restaurants off the lobby. Giving you a choice of Moroccan, Italian and Fushion cuisine. Off the bar is an outside terrace area for you to either relax in the sun or get some fresh air in the evening. It was an amazing little sun trap in the afternoon.

The outside continues with the grand open feel. Centred around the two pools in the middle. It has two bars one which you can actually sit at whilst in the pool. It has a selection of sun beds along with this four poster style sun beds. Ian and I managed to get them a few days and they are truly relaxing and comfortable. They encouraged an afternoon nap in the sun.

It has lots of green space and these tranquil pond like spaces.

Our room was amazing every day they made these shapes using a blanket on our beds and they even did with my night dress. 
The beds where extremely comfortable but the only downside is it was twin beds.

These was a lovely sofa and seating area too along with out door seating.

Unfortunately I did't get a photo of the bathroom but it was incredible with his and hers sinks, a massive bath with a rainfall shower in. The room also had a walk in wardrobe which lead to the bathroom. We'd definitely go back.

I'll be mentioning the food in an upcoming post along with a day trip to marrakech.

The Hammam

Probably one of best and most oddest experiences of my life.
For me I am comfortable in my own skin but being nude in from of someone is something very strange to me. It makes me feel so insecure.
It was a surreal experience and made me think of an episode of Michael Palin.
Ian and I decided we wanted to fully relax and that a massage would be a great way to do it. Even better we could have a real moroccan hammam massage.We knew it was n exfoliation and massage nothing prepared me for what was to come.

Arriving at a spa like you would at home in the uk. Being treated by the receptionist and told to be take a seat whilst we waited. This was what I had expected it was what followed next.
Ian and I were then called and taken to a room and told to sit down. We were then handed a bag. The woman looked down and pulled out two tiny packets and said change please whilst leaving the room.
Ian and I looked at them and looked at one another with a little giggle. They were paper knickers (which suddenly made me think of the paper knickers you get in hospital) these were all we were to wear. Before I'd even had a chance to finish changing the woman was back in the room and handing me some sandals.

Next we were taken into the next room. A steam room with sea blue tiles and a long tiled tiled seat. I found myself not knowing what to do. I had my arms crossed across my boobs in a bid to be more desecrate and hidden.
It was in this moment I found myself thinking "why am I being like this?" what was I afraid of and why did I feel so uncomfortable. This woman obviously does this on a daily basis so why did it bother me. I didn't know what it was but now I think about it being naked in front of a doctor would freak me out. The only person I feel comfortable being in front of is Ian. He loves me for me and knows all my scars and I think when it comes to anyone else I feel the want and need to explain and cover up. It brings me to a vulnerable place that makes me question my body. It suddenly dawned on my that no one should make me feel like that.

Proceeding into the room we sat down on the tiled seat. She throw a bucket of warm water over me and then over Ian. She began rubbing at my body and then Ian'd before throwing a second bucket over us. She then put aromatherapy oils into the corners of the room followed by hot water and left saying relax. With that she left the room. Ian and I looked at each other and without saying a word Ian knew what I was thinking. He looked at me and said "just relax she does this all the time." with that I found myself relax a little more and we sat there enjoying the warmth and lovely smell of the oils.

Before we knew it she was back again and said "You enjoy?" which we replied "yes" she then laughed as she couldn't see because of the steam. Then she asked Ian to move to a a seat opposite and then said "slip,slip" I looked confused then realised she wanted me to lay down.
She took a large mitten out of the plastic and put something on it before she began to scrub at my body. She started with my feet working her way up to my legs then to my stomach and then to my boobs which made me feel uncomfortable. She then asked me to roll over and did the same again before sitting me up and rinsing me off. This experience was both strange and strangely liberating. After she had finished she swapped and I sat on the seat whilst she proceeded and did the same to Ian.

As we're a couple and having a couples version we were with each other the whole time. This was the best part as it was nice to share the experience. In doing this it meant Ian watched as I was exfoliated and I too had to watch as the woman did it to Ian. As strange thing to sit there and watch what you've had done to you done to someone else.

Afterwards we were called back to the first room where we were given dressing gowns and some water. Before another woman came in and asked "are you ready?" we nodded and she asked us to follow her. We were lead down a corridor where she opened this large wooden door which lead to a stairway lit with candles. We were led into a room and asked to sit again while the two woman stepped out. Ian and I could here them whispering we joked that they were doing rock, paper, scissors to decide who they were getting. We hope they weren't thought but it did cross our minds. They then came back in and asked us to get on our massage beds. They then began the massage starting on our backs before turning over onto our fronts. The music was peaceful and relaxing along with the massage and it was truly relaxing. I almost fell asleep. Before we knew it the massage was over and we were leaving.

It was an amazing experience and although it forced to face some fears I really did love it. It was so relaxing and pampering I would definitely do it again. Ian loved it too. It was his first full body massage and he can't wait to have another.
I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a truly relaxing time.  

Bucket List Update

As you may remember last month I shared with you my bucket list for 2015. I wanted to share with you what I've achieved so far.

1. Learn at Least 2 New Skills
2. Climb The O2
3. Visit 2 Places I've Never Been Before
4. Get A Job In My Chosen Career
5. Get Married
6. Start Saving
7. Upgrade Daydreams Heart
8. See Foo Fighters Live
9. Take Up Meditation and Yoga
10. Read at Least 6 Books
11. Make Healthy Food Choices
12. Do A Short Course
13. Go To Morocco
14. Do Random Acts of Kindness
15. Start Writing My Stories
16. Get Back to Painting, Drawing and DIYing
17. Make a 'Happy Days' Jar
18. Make More Time for Relaxing
19. Spend More Time at the Seaside
20. Take a Surf/Snowboarding Lesson
21. Get a Small Tattoo
22. Go to Barcelona
23. Try New Food
24. Submit a Piece of Work (so I start putting my work out there)
25. Make a Meringue
26. Watch a Film at an Open Air Cinema

So far I've checked off three things. I've mentioned before I want to change the direction my career is going in and I thought what better way to do then by enrolling in a short course. For me I enrolled in a Diploma in Online Marketing. I am enjoying it so far and it's got me looking at other courses too. I feel like it's important to always be learning new things and I enjoy the challenge it brings.
Around the time I posted this post Ian I decide to book a holiday and after looking at the weather we chose Morocco. It was amazing and I'll be sharing a few posts about it.
Now the "Happy Days" jar was important to me because sometimes Ian I look at the year and end up thinking more negative things happened when really it didn't we just couldn't remember all the positive's. So it will act as a constant reminder of all the good and positive things we have done. So far the positive's are far outweighing the negatives.

It's great having a visual of my bucket list and marking them off it makes me see what I am actually achieving. I thought I might have ticked a few more off but I've got several months to tick them off yet. I'd love to know if you have a bucket list and how your going with it.

Wish List Wednesday

Lilac Chunky Caged T - Bar Sandals

Since getting back from Morocco I've been thinking of the warm nights to come here in the UK. I think I've got a bit of a wait though.
I saw this vintage to in ASOS and fell in love I love the combination of red and blue so that sold it to me. I've been listing over this perfume for sometime think I might have to give in and buy it. I'm loving all the different novelty bags particularly this one. Who doesn't love and good pair of jeans when I saw these I thought they'd be a great replacement for my old ones. I'm not usually one for green but I'm lovely it this year and I liked this Tunic as I can wear both on the warmer days and colder days. Finally I'm a sucker for pastel colours and when I saw these I thought they looked great.
So here's waiting for the warmer days to come but until then I best wrap up a little. 

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