Yesterday a Moroccan friend invited me to a full-day excursion to an oasis of fun in the countryside just outside of Rabat. At “Le Relais de la Maamora,” we played paintball, had a tasty lunch of salad and chicken tagine, practiced archery, and rode 4-wheeled motor bikes around a course. My studies and work here are serious, but I guess I’m having some fun too 🙂
About once a year for the last few years, one friend or another had invited me to go paintballing, and I always came up with one excuse or another for not going. But yesterday, I finally decided to say yes! And I’m glad I did. I was pretty scared at the beginning. The first round I got hit almost immediately after the whistle blew to set off the game. But the second round, I played the role of hiding sniper. The only problem was that my aim wasn’t too good. So when my teammates went in for the kill and asked me to “cover” for them, I didn’t really do much “covering.” Then I found myself the lone survivor on the team with two guys on the other team still alive. All of a sudden, I had to jump into action. Though it didn’t last too long and eventually I got hit. But still, the adrenaline rush was quite exciting, and the paint bullets didn’t hurt too much. I suppose it helped that everyone was playing a very civilized game: No close range shooting whatsoever. It was also my first time trying archery and driving those cars. Who knew that Morocco would be the place to experience these things?