· By Maria Nilsson
FRIDAY TUNES BY PARIS
My dream day is pretty simple. It could happen any day of the year, it could be anywhere in the world and with any of my wonderful friends.
Naturally waking up with the sun and jump out of bed to surf some super clean, fast two foot peelers by myself until I can’t move my arms anymore.
Next, coffee with mates then surf again. I would only get out of the surf when I was hungry so sushi and beers for lunch.
After that, surf until sunset with everyone and anyone while the sun sets. I know I will be one of the last people to get out of the water. There’s nothing that compares to surfing through the sunset and into the darkness of night.
Finishing off my day with a pot luck or dinner party with mates and tucked into bed by 9pm (always)!
PLASTIC! I will do anything to avoid using excess plastic. Last night I ate birthday cake out of my hand just so I didn’t use a plastic fork and plate!
I live in a country where everything is ‘EXTRA’. If you’re not careful you will get a plastic bag to put your plastic bag in! I have shopped at the same two supermarkets for 18 months now the cashiers still look baffled when I carry 5-10 items with my hands rather than a plastic bag. I just hope the person in the line behind sees me and thinks about whether they really need a bag.
Banana and blueberry protein pancakes! So easy, so fast, so yum.
Every time I surf in a new country or a new break is a favourite memory. It reminds me how lucky I am to live the life I live!
Black. I don’t even have to think about it.
I have a 7’2 Vouch Rolled Vee that I will ride until it breaks into pieces.
It has flown of the roof of my car.
It has been scraped along the road while riding a motorbike.
It has been lost at the airport.
It is ALWAYS covered in duct tape!
Atheistically it is destroyed but I have never felt a love like this before. It is actually in the repair shop as I type this.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson.
I am obsessed with anything to do with Pakistan at the moment.
It is about an American mountaineer that begins building schools in remote Pakistan and Afghanistan during the 1990s. There is a bit of controversy about how truthful his story is but who doesn’t love to exaggerate?
Working as a teacher in the Middle East means I am lucky enough to travel AT LEAST three times a year! I have booked Czech, Germany and Iceland for next month. There is a long weekend coming up before that so I am thinking Azerbaijan, Turkey or Jordan. I am a different airport every couple of months and again these things remind me how grateful I am for this lifestyle.
Absolutely nothing. I am usually singing so loud there is so space for any other thoughts in my head. This playlist is called ‘head noddin, wheel tappin’ because that’s how I dance in the car!
“Get it done.” If you want something done don’t just sit back and hope that someone else is going to do it. The only person that can change your life is you so get it done!
Words: Molly Oneill