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Moon Landing: Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Visit to Casa Maccaroni Surf Lodge inwards the Canary Islands

Leah Dawson deep inwards the barrel inwards Fuerteventura. Photo yesteryear Enrico Gorrea.
By Leah Dawson

The basis is made upwardly of oceans in addition to lands, islands in addition to seas, mountains in addition to rivers. Its multifariousness is seemingly creative, amongst each coordinate lending a novel reality. In Fuerteventura, reality is dissimilar anywhere I’ve been before.

It feels similar the moon. From nearly every shout for on the island, a tree cannot hold out seen; they are few in addition to far between. I was told at that topographic point were 1 time trees, long ago, but they were all cutting downwards to create on the other Canary Islands. Now, volcanoes in addition to their rocks spread the landscape, making it hold off to a greater extent than similar the Moon than the earth. In a similar awe-inspiring agency of nature’s grand creation, the nation likewise is hold out amongst its unique energy.

In the see of a tiny town towards the northward destination of the long skinny isle of Fuerteventura, yous tin notice Casa Maccaroni — a quaint, create clean habitation remain where H2O people in addition to tourists tin rent a room or iii amongst their household unit of measurement or friends, in addition to experience similar home.

Leah Dawson drives through the desert of Fuerteventura inwards the Canary Islands. Photo yesteryear Mauro Ladu.
Skating on the opened upwardly route inwards Fuerteventura.
Leah Dawson plays guitar at Casa Maccaroni inwards Fuerteventura. Photo yesteryear Mauro Ladu.

Hammocks for relaxing at Casa Maccaroni. 
I had an incredible remain at Casa Maccaroni inwards Oct this year. Immersed into the Spanish-Euro culture, I enjoyed large community meals amongst other travelers, a quiet, cool room, in addition to the opened upwardly infinite amongst multiple hammocks to taste the shaded outside. Fuerteventura is known for its windy ways, which keeps the climate a chip cooler from the desert oestrus it tin receive, beingness exactly off the coast of Morocco.

Casa Maccaroni is a unique identify inwards the world. Owned in addition to operated yesteryear erstwhile Italian pro skater Enrico Gorrea, the habitation remain is infused amongst Italian blueprint in addition to espresso makers. The unloose energy is light, in addition to all visitors are made to experience extremely welcomed in addition to appreciated. Many surfers from all over Europe conduct hold begun to discovery the hidden precious stone of Casa Maccaroni. I imagine his international line of piece of work organisation volition cash inwards one's chips on to grow every bit well. Fuerteventura is a surfer’s dreamland. It exactly requires having a chip of luck amongst winds :) but surfing e'er requires luck...

After an amazing stay, I caught upwardly amongst Enrico to larn a chip to a greater extent than most his project.

Why Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura came afterwards I spent 1 flavour inwards Hossegor, working for a line of piece of work organisation called Water Surf Camp. They started getting me interested inwards the possibility to operate amongst them during the mutual frigidness wintertime season.

I used to come upwardly to Fuerteventura on opor-garai for the surf in addition to because of some the friends living hither similar Julien of Joyas Surfboards that helped me a lot! I chose the isle because the Canary Islands are closed to Europe, slowly to bring together amongst low-cost company, e'er warm in addition to sunny in addition to amongst consistent waves to surf! I had this dream to create something totally mine, a novel project, every bit Casa Maccaroni. Here, at that topographic point is nevertheless the jeopardy to realize dreams every bit this.

Blue waters against the arid landscape of Fuerteventura.
Leah Dawson getting laid upwardly to paddle in.
What’s the biggest challenge living on Fuerteventura?

Sometimes living inwards a minor isle is difficult inwards general, the feeling of running e'er on the same roads in addition to the feeling of beingness stoked.

Sometimes I miss the sentiment of taking the machine in addition to exactly driving hours to cash inwards one's chips somewhere else. To cash inwards one's chips to a concert or an fine art exposition or something to a greater extent than “social,” something to a greater extent than connected amongst civilization in addition to inspirations from something different than the life on the island.

But, in addition to thus the body of body of water gives me the best feelings to remind me of how lucky nosotros are! Here inwards Fuerteventura, yous conduct hold less things in addition to an easier agency of life. We operate a lot but nosotros salve everyday some fourth dimension for us, for surfing or enjoying the ocean. Here yous experience yous tedious downwards a footling in addition to yous tin accept attention of your passions. You tin focus to a greater extent than inwards your life in addition to growing your projects.

Island life is exceptional in addition to though at the same time, nosotros hold out surrounded yesteryear the ocean, nosotros hold out depending yesteryear nature elements, in addition to this the biggest gift from Fuerteventura.

Around the Casa Maccaroni Surf Lodge. 
Filming amongst Leah Dawson on the skate ramp at Casa Maccaroni Surf Lodge.
Artistic touches within the rooms at Casa Maccaroni. 
Inside 1 of the rooms at Casa Maccaroni.

What form of people are drawn to Casa Maccaroni?

The people coming to Casa Maccaroni are by in addition to large those who beloved the surf lifestyle, living inwards contact amongst nature in addition to uncomplicated life. People hither beloved the sentiment of feeling similar at habitation because it’s a existent house, non an hotel! Everybody is inwards beloved amongst our crazy cats, amongst our famous BBQ closed to a wooden handmade tabular array exactly yesteryear the DIY mini ramp.

Here the mood is familiar, cozy, informal. We created a form of network of creative people similar photographers, directors, painters coming for shoots or exposition or only to notice the correct identify to create inwards a adept in addition to inspiring atmosphere! What nosotros beloved most of the people coming to Casa Macaroni is almost of them conduct hold the same adept feeling here, in addition to almost everybody come upwardly dorsum afterwards the showtime time. This is the biggest satisfaction.  

Describe the waves inwards Fuerteventura.

This is an island. We are lucky, because inwards in all likelihood l km of coastline nosotros conduct hold lots of different waves, from mellow reforming waves to barreling slabs, beach breaks in addition to points. But it is non a paradise, waves are crowded in addition to ofttimes tin hold out “strong windy” (like the name)... nosotros surf most of the fourth dimension a footling choppy (or to a greater extent than than a little!!) conditions.  

When it’s glassy it’s a super gift from nature on inwards those days spots are e'er super crowded! There's e'er a form of chop that makes the surf hither a chip tricky.  But the conditions hither are e'er consistent in addition to nosotros tin surf basically everyday.
On the skate ramp inwards the backyard of Casa Maccaroni. 

What form of emotional effects does living inwards this environs conduct hold on yous in addition to your lifestyle?

Life hither is non that easy. The isle in addition to the atmospheric condition are heavy in addition to yous can't escape the influence of the climate in addition to the ocean.

But definitely the fact that hither at that topographic point are a lot of things missing opened upwardly to to a greater extent than opportunity. Casa Maccaroni has cash inwards one's chips a agency of learning in addition to doing things I never imagine I am able to do. I started filming in addition to editing every bit a agency to promote my projection in addition to amongst the assist of a lot of friends in addition to the tips they gave me sometimes I’m starting to acquire some jobs from it. Or I’m working every bit a carpenter in addition to basically all the slice of furniture of CM are DIY produced yesteryear me. Depending on the days I alter from beingness the perfect housewife to a spider web designer… or if the surf is adept I forget most all in addition to I taste the beach in addition to the ocean.

Changing all the fourth dimension is what I beloved much to a greater extent than than the everyday routine.

What’s the telephone commutation to non getting a chocolate croissant every 24-hour interval at the corner bakery?

You can't escape from it!!! The exclusively matter yous tin exercise is surf everyday to saves yous from the guilt in addition to forget most it. The daily routine is purpose of taking attention of you, in addition to yous must taste the life. But sometimes a homemade breakfast on the terrace saves yous from the “french croissants” addiction.