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’ve finally left El P! All our new chums had left and we
managed to catch up briefly with friends from previous years, so we felt it was
time to move on, after our planned 6 weeks of 'no travel'.
We had a real blast in Sevilla last weekend, showing Andy
and Susan from Glasgow all our favourite haunts and of course finding some new
ones. We were blessed with good weather and took advantage by drinking vino in
the sun whenever possible.
Favourite new tapas bar cum market.
To celebrate Andy’s birthday, we went to my fave eatery. We
all loved our meals and I managed to avoid having the Ostrich this time! My
duck liver terrine was sublime, and I think the hit of the day.
Birthday Lunch - yes, we had the same table.
Our planned stay in Grazalema has been thwarted by the
damned weather. It’s snowing up in them hills and we just couldn’t face it. So,
instead we are checking out some local towns of Rota, Chipiona and Sanlucar de
Barrameda (another sherry town).
Sadly we left our bikes in El P. We had always planned on
disposing of them before we started our mad trek home and this worked out well.
The maintenance engineer on site helped us out with some stuff on Boris (spare
wheel fitting) and he was glad to take them for his kids. I was happy they went
to a good home. Lawrence is happy they are no longer hanging off the spare
wheel. I’ll miss my bicicleta, but
once we really get going, we won’t need them.
Pintxo Party Chez Boris
And about 4 hours later
We’ll be back in fabulous Sevilla this weekend to meet mates
from Texas. John and Travis are having a ‘father and son trip’ to Europe. Fortunately
we never tire of this characterful city. Once we leave there we’ll be making
our way to Barcelona to catch our ferry on Feb 19 to Civitavecchia. This will
feel like the beginning of the end – or is that the end of the beginning?
Anyways, it will be the start of the homeward journey.
To refresh your memory, as I doubt you have the details etched
on your brain, the plan is:
Split on March 1st by ferry, then south to Dubrovnik,
Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, NE Greece, Northern Turkey, Georgia (by April),
across the Caucasus, Chechnya, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan (please try to keep
up), back into Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia – to Vladivostok by mid September –
or something like that.
Lawrence is working on setting up a GPS tracker thingy so
you can see where we are at any given moment. That way you can let us know!
Paul and Carol (new chums) gave us a bottle of emergency gin
in exchange for one of our ground mats. I think we’re gonna need it!
Men At Work - the United Nations step in to help with spare wheel problem. Spanish, Dutch, German, Scots, Aussie - (I had to supply in some much needed input)