7th October 2012 Asten, NL

Having finally boarded the Eurotunnel two hours late, we arrived in France mid-afternoon so our plans of making it into Germany in one hit proved fruitless.  We had a pleasant drive through France, Belgium and the Netherlands and stopped at a small campsite in Asten. http://www.wetland.nl/en/index.html

We found it from the BordAtlas book we bought back in 2009 and using our brilliant Snooper Sat Nav it took us straight to there. The site is on the edge of a National Wetland Park. There were a couple of Dutch campers already there who kindly told us the procedure for payment.  It costs about 6 euros per motorhome with an additional charge of 1.50 if you want electric plus tourist taxes. You complete a form in the barn stating what you’ve used then you just settle up before you leave…by way of an honesty box.

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The relaxed atmosphere of the site was wonderful – everything based on trust and you could also hire bikes if you wished. As we got to the site just as it was getting dark we had dinner and got ourselves off to bed.  We had every intention of moving on the next day, but when the morning came the surrounding area looked too inviting to leave so we went off for a walk.

As you step out of your ‘van you are able to meet some pigs, goats, geese and rabbits with ostriches in the field next door.  The campsite although small, is lovely with camping areas for tents as well as caravans.  There is also a few camping huts that feel like you’re stepping back in time. 

 

 

In the barn there are a number of walks available for you to borrow but we just headed off down the road and kept going right!  We passed fields of sweetcorn and lovely houses, and loads of cyclists.  The weather was glorious, the sun was shining and the air was fresh.  We are finally on holiday!

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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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