SunDesk in Taghazout in Morocco
For almost a month, I was living and working at SunDesk in Taghazout in Morocco. While Morocco is an “open Muslim” country, you still can’t purchase alcohol in small villages and towns. Taghazout is a dry village so when you’re leaving the airport at Agadir, make a pit stop and stock up! Even though, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) says they’re the most lenient of Muslim countries, I found Morocco much more laid-back about the laws & social rules of alcohol as well as the covering up of women and dating.
Taghazout is sleepy beach town, or rather a tiny fishing village that’s also a surf spot. The nearest “big” city is Agadir.
Where did I live in Taghazout?This cute co-living/co-working place called SunDesk. Lovely Magda owns SunDesk in Taghazout. Originally from Germany, Maga moved to Morocco because she loved it as a child.
SunDesk in Taghazout is located at the “top” of the village’s high hills. Getting around Tagahzout is a lot of walking around cracked and un-maintained streets with really an idea of sidewalks than real sidewalks. I hope you don’t have knee problems.
There was a traditional Moroccan breakfast every morning on the outdoor terrace. There is always sunshine with sounds of construction nearby. For those wondering about the internet, it’s pretty reliable with occasional issues if you need to video and there was only an outage once that lasted a few hours. A three minute drive away to a nearby village was the solution since the internet was working fine there. However, on the first floor – internet can be nearly impossible and you’re lucky if you get any signal although I don’t think that’s a huge problem since you’re just sleeping in your room anyway.
Nonetheless, it was nice and everything you needed and wanted from a co-living/co-working space. 🙂
Come prepared with a goal or a project in mind if you plan to work in Taghazout. If not, you’re going to be bored although the alternatives, sun & surfing isn’t so bad. Be prepared to drink casually at your place, work, read, sleep early, or do some other quiet productive activity because there isn’t much of a nightlife in Taghazout.
I came with no agenda other than my usual workload for GitHub. Being around freelancers and two guys with their own business (British guys with the greatest accents) led me to start thinking about my own “project.” Thinking back, I always wanted to create my own travel planning service (travel agency as you will) but never did for various reasons. Some of those reasons were self doubt and to be honest…discouraging friends.
Fast forward a few years, here I was, bored in the sandy beach and desert. I needed something to waste my time other than my day job and drinking (and this blog of course). So…after a few days, I dredged up the idea again and voila – a new passion project or “start up” as you will.
The days and nights quickly flew by as I worked, brainstormed, tossed around ideas, and collaborated with awesome and intelligent people.
When I wasn’t working or suntanning at the beach, I explored outside of Taghazout with a few day trips. Zach (another bloke from England) and I went on a hiking trip to lovely Paradise Valley. This was where I found out my stubborn knee injury was still an issue but you can’t stop me from having a good time anyway.
My good friend and digital nomad, Arthur also came down to visit for a few days and we had fun around the little town. We also went to Essaouira, a port town with a medina and medieval walls. Essaouria was one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones! It’s so nice to catch up and just be around the presence of other nomads who get you. We had a great time eating copious amounts of tagine and Moroccan beer.
Little word of advice: Bring a jacket and wear pants. It’s absolutely FREEZING in Essaouria. (The name is so dreadfully pretty although it took me awhile to learn to pronounce it). If you’re expecting to bargain, try and speak French.
Stay tuned for the next blog post which is about hiking in Morocco and staying in Marrakech!