We've embraced the 'Slow' philosophy as a way of life - what's the hurry?. Taking time to smell the roses (usually on a glass of Viognier) is more our style. Having spent more then 3 years on the road, slow travel has become a way of life. We have revised our plans completely and now focus on quality, not quantity, slowly.
We are now camped in our Xmas bolt hole just outside a town
called El Rocio. It really is the wild west. We feel like we are on a movie set
for a spaghetti western, with characters from central casting. Where’s John
The wide sand streets are so unexpected, with houses and bars
having hitching rails for the popular mode of transport – the horse. We’ve seen
more horses than people. Most houses have a stable as part of the main
Our first afternoon in town, we sat at a bar for a beer. Cue
flamingos, cue sunset on the lagoon, dogs scrapping in the street, horseman
riding by. It is quite amazing. Surprisingly, most of the trees are Eucalypts,
which look a little out of place to my Australian eye.
Who needs a car?
The wetland is right at the edge of town, so there are
always flamingos to see - yes FLAMINGOS!!!. We’ve also seen a Spanish Imperial Eagle which is
apparently very rare. There’s only something like 20 breeding pairs left.
I've taken so many photos of horses and flamingos.
Yesterday we took MoJo to the beach, which is only 15 kms
away. We walked alongside the Atlantic and then sat in the sun eating grilled
sardines & anchovies and drinking a cold beer. We are about 80kms from the Portugese
border. The weather is still being kind, cold nights and mornings, but mostly
sunny. Better weather than summer in Sydney and NZ from what we hear. Today is
brilliant blue skies and approx 19 degrees. Lunch in the sun again – Sunday
lunch is a big deal in Spain. We are bit early though it’s only 1.45pm…
Coming home from church
Back from lunch now… Sat in the sun eating goat and duck
etc. Bloody marvellous, when 3 horseman rode by and stopped for a drink,
literally (see picture) – no need to dismount!!!
Tomorrow we are doing a private guided tour of the National
Park “Coto Donana”. The park is highly protected so you can’t go into it
without a guide.