7th November 2011–Haro, Spain

The last couple of nights we spent on a campsite just outside Bordeaux, where it rained and rained!  Dean needed a break from driving as his old problem of his elbow has come back to haunt him, so we just did nothing except watch Gavin & Stacey back to back.

Monday we ventured into Spain and headed for an ACSI campsite (www.CAMPINGCARD.com) in Haro, the Roija region of Spain.  Halfway through the journey we stopped to refuel, both the ‘van and us.  We called into a motorway ‘cafe’ where we had some very tasty Bocadillo (sandwiches) then we checked our route and set off again.

Bocadillo Stop!     Tea Break Checking Map!

I (Angela) helped out with some of the driving today and we made the journey in about 6.5 hours.  The lady in reception was very welcoming but didn’t want to listen to my feeble attempts at Spanish so we got ourselves pitched quickly and went for a walk into the town.  At first nothing was open but as the hour of  five approached the town started to come alive, so we went and bought some vey nice Rioja wine and some food and wandered back to the site after a mooch around the town.

They had some lovely street art in Haro and the town had a very welcoming feel to it.  It is obvious we’re tourists especially as we’re now blond but we were treated very nicely and were made to feel relaxed.

Haro (Museum    Haro Sculpture

 

When we got back to the site we met a lovely Scottish couple who were on their way back to the UK, having spent four months out here. 

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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