1st-8th January 2014 Update

We have been a bit lazy with the website recently due to being too relaxed and having a great time.

Life has been ticking along nicely here in Spain and we are really pleased that we came back to La Manga.

I have been continuing with my guitar and I am on a running programme from the NHS in the form of a podcast called Couch to 5k in 9 weeks. Now on week 4.

Angela is still knitting, swimming, ukulele and learning Spanish.

We also have friends that are onsite which is great.

We have not watched any TV since arriving in Spain and do not miss it at all. It give us more time to do other things.

For those that have never been here before but have read all about it on certain motorhome forums (not all good) I will say this. Caravaning La Manga is a great base to explore the area by foot, car or bike.

The bus stop is right outside the main gate and the fares are reasonable. You can go into Cartagena bus station and further from there if you wanted to or along to La Manga strip.

Onsite the Spar shop is well stocked with all that you will need but other shops are available nearby in Cabo de Palos or Los Belones. Both are within walking distance if you are fairly fit and do not need to carry too much. We have walked to both. Alternatively you could drive or cycle to them. I had panniers (32L each) fitted to my bike before we came away for this reason and they have proved very useful.

From the site there are so many places to go and explore on foot or by bike and one of the best places I think which is just over the road from the camp is Calblanque nature park. White sandy beaches which at this time of year you can have to yourself. Great for surfing, fishing, picnicking or just walking along.

If you like to go walking then the GR92 route can be accessed from site and is a great coastal walk, especially the section through Calblanque nature park.

The onsite bar/cafe and restaurant are good. Tapas are available daily and Thursday is 2 for 1 which we have been to a few times. We have also eaten in the main restaurant and the food is very good, especially the Paella!

Other facilities onsite are, crazy golf, tennis courts, boules, volleyball/badminton, basketball, exercise area, outdoor/indoor swimming pool and windsurf hire. There may be others that I am not aware of.

The downside to the site (for some) is that the shower blocks are dated, but then so are a lot of sites in the UK. That said they are cleaned regularly (3 to 4 times daily) and they do what they are supposed to do. If you do not like them then you can use your own facilities in your van as we do occasionally, especially as you have fully serviced pitches. Unless your one of those that never uses their own shower for some strange reason which I have never understood!

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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