9th November 2011 Drive to Granada

As Dean had been driving for nearly a week solid now (albeit with a couple of hours break when I took over) he’d suggested we spend three days near to Granada as he specifically wanted to visit the Alhambra Palace.  The journey yesterday had been especially tiring having to contend with the ring road around Madrid!

The drive to the village of La Zubia was stunning.  We were blessed with beautiful blue skies, perfect weather for driving through mountains!  On the one part where I gave Dean a break we ended up crawling through an area called the Despenaperros National Park with warnings all the way along about steep climbs and descents! (www.andalucia.com/environment/protect/despenaperros.htm

 

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There was a very nice rest area after here though so we pulled in and bought some cheese, bread and milk and had a break while admiring the views.

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In the picture above you can see an olive grove to the left and the next part of our journey took us through masses of them.  Some of the bushes are planted on really steep slopes and we were wondering how they harvested their crop, only to read that most of it is collected manually starting in December.  The air here is very clean and fresh, the nearer we got to Granada the Sierra Nevada came into view and you could feel the cold snap in the atmosphere.

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The snow has arrived early here and the first skiers are already on the slopes apparently – brave souls! 

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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