9th January 2014 Cartagena

Today we went by car into Cartagena to explore with Al & Isabel via the shops in Park Med. We all went to help Al get a pair of shorts which he said was like shopping by committee!

We parked up by the harbour at the end where all of the fishing nets are. Hamish came too and before he set off on his big adventure he had to have his dinner!

Lunchtime!

Once Hamish was fed and watered we set off along the harbour towards the cafe. As you can see by what we are wearing it was a chilly start to the day.

We got to the cafe, sat outside and had a coffee and a croissant each which had been cut in half, toasted and served with butter and jam…….Mmmm!

While we were there Dick and Joan arrived with friends. They were the ones we can thank for getting us into this way of livingSmile

After our coffees we set off on our tour of Cartagena from the harbour and then up the main shopping street called Calla Mayor. As we had all been before we knew roughly where we we going.

We were heading for the Roman remains on a hill that had a great view over all of Cartagena and surrounding areas. We went up the escalator and Hamish was carried as he has not been given training on how to use them! I do not think he minded too much as he likes a carry every now and then.

The weather improved when we got there and you can see how clear the sky was in the pictures but the wind was still a bit chilly.

 

Moving Stairs      Say Cheese   Al, Isabel   Hamish

 

We carried on with our tour around the city taking in the sites and ended up in the Plaza San Francisco where they have these massive trees with great big roots around the tree itself as well as underground.

As it was lunchtime we decided to go back to the restaurant Columbus where Angela and I had the lovely Paella. We had it again and Al & Isabel had the seafood Paella. The waiter was kind and brought a little bowl of water for Hamish.

We settled up, had a nice stroll back along the harbour to the car and back to the site.

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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