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.
If we had ten quid for every time we’ve
heard that question, we’d be able to afford to live in Oz again! We’ve only
been on the road for a month and have met loads of people interested in what we
are doing. Boris continues to attract attention. I’m thinking of having a
leaflet ready to hand out, explaining the vehicle and our plans.
After leaving Andorra, we drove into Spain
through more spectacular Pyrenean scenery and spent the night in Zaragoza. The
intention was to head to Segovia and be in Salamanca for Lawrence’s birthday.
Then we looked at the forecast.
So instead of turning right, we turned left
and headed to the Med coast. We’d always avoided this part of Spain due to
overdevelopment, overcrowding and over-everything. However we spent a few days
in Valencia and loved it. Of course we did a good Spanish lunch to celebrate
Lawrence’s birthday. Valencia is a lovely city with beautiful buildings, a
great market and loads of outdoor cafes and bars. Plus the sun was shining.
Art and Science City - Valencia
From there we headed south through dreary
industrial sprawl and coastal high-rise, built I think with the aim of becoming
slums. Anyway, we found a great spot north of the dreaded Benidorm that has not
been ruined. The campsite is brilliant and local hill town is very Spanish and
traditional. The beach is a 5 min cycle away, and rather lovely. Well it’s not
really a beach to me (I’m Aussie), it has pebbles on it, and you can’t lie on
that no matter how determined. Well there were a few Poms doing just that, but
clearly don’t understand what a beach is. But the sun is shining and water is
Sunday lunch in the Sun
We’ll stay here a few days and then south-west
towards our favourite winter bolt-hole on the Atlantic coast. Morocco is off
the agenda for now (loooong story), but we’ll meet up with Darren and Clare and
do some interesting trails in the Sierra Nevada or something similar.
Lawrence and I might do a couple of weeks in
Morocco in February. We’ll see.