New things sometimes take time to get used to. We know it, we understand it, but sometimes we forget it.
When we moved into our Hymer everything suddenly took up so much time. Everyday things such as doing the dishes and washing our clothes took up a lot more time and effort then they did before.
And there were all these new things too, such as searching for places to sleep, filling your watertank somewhere or finding a place where you can buy gas to cook on (nót that easy sometimes).
And don’t forget taking care of a 1 year old, all day every day. Ánd finding the time to work. Combined it was a lot.
But now, 4,5 months into this adventure, we can really say ‘we got this!’. Things are so much easier and quicker then before. We do what we need to do without having to think about it a lot first.
Now we have more free time to do the things we love, like staring at mountains. I mean, seriously! Spain is awesome.
Os presento a nuestra cocina✨ donde me encanta invertir mi tiempo experimentando y donde me inspiro para crear comidas con amor, que salen más ricas aún 🥰
I introduce you to our kitchen ✨ where I love spending my time experimenting and where I get inspired to create meals with love, which taste even better🥰
A very accurate portrait: wearing €5 comfy boots from the local supermercardo, been far too long since the last shower, unbrushed hair and untouched face.
Van life isn't glamorous but I've never felt so good 🧡
Finding a place to park yesterday was a nightmare, having to park an hour and twenty minutes out of the city to find a reasonable spot, after driving around the town for about an hour. Which wasn't a great first impression of the city.
We went on a an olive oil tour this morning, with tasting notes. The harvesting season starts in September and runs through to November, the earlier olives have more taste but less liquid so you need more kilos to make one litre; the later you leave the olive, and the riper and softer it becomes the less you need to make a litre. We bought a small bottle of the olive oil because it’s delicious, organic and they let us use their toilet 👍
We've been in Mainland Europe for a couple of days now, and honestly it's hard not to feel a bit sad.
It feels so different here because of Brexit and it's devastating for us, as fluent speaking Welsh people who have always identified firstly as Welsh and secondly as European, NEVER as British, it's just heart breaking. The reason we don't see ourselves as 'British' is because culturally speaking, to us, it translates as English, which we are not. The Welsh language,land, culture and identity has been suppressed and Anglicised for centuries and our cultural identity is important to us, I mean there ain't no red dragon on the Union Jack is there?! We are both very adamantly against Brexit, and I have to admit it hurts a little that we are all tarred with the same brush,but I do understand why 😢. We've been trying to speak Welsh as much as possible, which makes it ok, although our son who has ASD and speaks mostly English, finds it confusing. Mark is partially deaf and even resorted to using sign at one point so that he didn't appear British...long story 😂. We also speak other languages to a certain extent and we always make an effort, today we learnt and used as much Dutch as we could.
We have to display our GB sticker on our van,it's the law, but it's a real PITA because there's no hiding were we've travelled from 🙈. Anyway sorry 'bout it Europe and Cymru am byth!
Just glad to be off that rock tbh✌.
Turned off comments before posting because this is a statement not a debate and I don't want any butt hurt brexiteers chiming in 😇
Day two of van life has been one of extremes. On the way to Tudela the van felt a like it slipped on the road and the ESP and ABS warning lights came on ⚠️ We called the RAC and they sent someone out to us. It turns out I can order olives, ask for the bathroom and explain basic things but mechanical garage language is a whole new ball game. The mechanic didn’t speak any English and after a tearful phone call to our lovely friend Gregg (who speaks Spanish) we got somewhere. They took the van away on the truck, code read it with no fault and the lights disappeared. We’ve been given the all clear to carry on driving safely although we’re still a bit anxious about it.
We were headed to an olive farm to stay overnight after going to Tudela - so we headed straight here and the van was fine. This view has definitely helped us relax and feel much less like we just want to pack it all in and ferry home. It’s beautiful here and I can’t wait for our olive tour tomorrow morning. You guys, van life is a rollercoaster even after two days.
We’re back in Tarifa! We’ll we’ve been here for a bit over a week now but we have been relaxing and enjoying hikes in the beautiful surroundings (when it hasnt been raining or we’ve been working). Our new friend, the cow, may not be the answer to our climate crisis but damn, do they know how to just chill out and be in the present 🙏 Lesson learned, we are trying to take after ✨