8th November 2011 Aranjuez

This journey was another five to six hours but a bit more pleasurable as there were less mountains to encounter.  All along the route we kept seeing massive Bulls in the fields, mixed in with the beautiful scenery.

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The site at Aranjuez was excellent, with massive pitches and loads of birds flying around.  If we hadn’t decided to head for Granada the next day we would have been more than happy to stay here for a couple of days.

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However, we did waste two hours of our lives trying to get the satellite TV to work.  We were able to lock onto the internet (even then we didn’t think to actually use it!) but then spent ages trying to get the TV locked on…only to discover that we’re well out of the range for any UK television apart from SKY NEWS.  This we only discovered after finally ringing VanBitz in the UK who patiently explained everything – what a pair of muppets!

As we’d established it wasn’t each other’s fault we both relaxed a bit, drank a couple of glasses of beer and watched some more Gavin & Stacey…  In the morning we got chatting to the English couple opposite us, who it transpired had visited the Hereford site this year to see friends. They used to live in Hereford but now full-time in the ‘van and are over here for six months.  When we asked them where they’re off to it so happens they’ll be at La Manga when we’re there so we’ll try and catch up with them for a drink or two!  ‘Tis a small world.

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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