7th December 2011 Cartagena

Finally, we made it into the city of Cartagena!  We got the bus from immediately outside the campsite and it cost just over 4 euros for the two of us, one way.  The bus takes you into the main bus station and a tip we were given was to buy your return tickets as soon as you get there.  The ticket office is not open all day and you don’t want to be rushing trying to buy your ticket while the bus sails off into the distance!

As it happened, we’d bought our tickets but then got engrossed in conversation with a couple of ladies over lunch – then we had to run to catch the bus with literally a minute to spare.  A very kind Spanish man told us which bus we were after (how did he know we wanted to go to La Manga?) so we jumped on, with a stitch (Angela) and blisters on both feet (Dean)!

We have to go back (probably numerous times) as we only got to see the harbour and the adjoining streets where the main shopping area was.  It was lovely to dress in ‘normal’ clothes and do the touristy bit.  The attached link (http://www.spain.info/en/ven/otros-destinos/reportaje/cartagena.html) gives you an idea of how much there is to see so we know we’ve got much more in store!

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Along the harbour front (that has recently been redeveloped) there is the National Museum of Maritime Archaeology, alongside which there is the original prototype of a submarine, 1888.  There are some fascinating sculptures along the harbour front too.

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The city is beautiful and we wandered round for ages just looking around at the people, buildings and shops.  As we were pushed for time (having bought our bus tickets for a designated time) we ended up having a quick bite to eat before heading back to site.  In no way have we done justice to this city, so when we go again we’ll explore properly and report back!

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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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1 Response to 7th December 2011 Cartagena

  1. Jim Lord says:

    Deano

    I think you’ve got the right idea as to how life should be lived. Good luck and a Merry Christmas to you and Angela. Great to see your ugly face again after all these years.

    Cheers

    Jim

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