Germany 2017

The last six months have been good fun as we’ve settled in to a new way of life again. We’d spent the last seven years working within the camping industry, but as you will be aware the time came to go in a new direction.

Both of us have been working over the summer and enjoyed getting our free time back. As much as we enjoyed the campsite work for the most part, it is definitely a challenge living and working in the same place, with the same people. Towards the end it felt as if you were never able to escape and you were constantly on duty…the joke was everyone became a meerkat as you were finely attuned to anything unusual going on!

On the train

Waiting to board

We have been so excited about this forthcoming trip as we’ve not been able to go overseas for the last two years. This meant we’ve not seen family in Germany for all that time, so we booked  the Eurotunnel and off we went.

 

On our route down we called in to Steinhagen to visit a good friend. We were given such a warm welcome by Steve and Elka, who are just brilliant.

Old friends

He is one of Dean’s old army mates and we spent hours eating, drinking and talking. We were probably not very good guests as Dean had driven about nine hours and we were just plain shattered, their hospitality was brilliant and the bed we slept in though was absolute bliss!

After a good nights sleep and a lovely breakfast the next morning we said our goodbyes. We headed off to Schneverdingen (about two hours away) to spend a couple of weeks with family.

Despite the weather turning colder, we spent a wonderful two weeks with my brother (for about three days), Heike and their gorgeous dogs, Tessa, Murphy and Piper.  The ‘top dog’ though is Oskar… the cat! It was hilarious seeing the dynamics between them all, as soon as Oskar came in the room everyone was on high alert. Tessa sloped off out of the vicinity, Murphy (being a terrier breed) curled up out of the way and looked like he didn’t know what to do. Brian thinks it is because his instinct is to chase him though he knows he is not allowed, but Piper constantly stalks him as if she was trying to herd him.

The Christmas Markets were in full swing so we visited Bremen, Lubeck and Hamburg while we were there. Many days we spent with the dogs walking around the village and surrounding countryside, then the evenings with Heike and the animals.

It has been so lovely to spend time with our wonderful family and we won’t leave it so long next time. Sadly though it was then time to leave to head to Spain and the sun…

 

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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