Welcome to our blog, we hope you enjoy following our adventures! We split our sabbatical in 2 parts: Part 1 was from March to June 2010 touring around in our campervan in France and Spain. Part 2 started on the 7th of July when we left Scotland to cycle through Europe and the Middle East to Africa in the remaining 6 months (back for Xmas). Have a look at the route below and we'll try to post pics as much as we can! xx
Claire: How cool can a birthday trip be? We arrived in Barcelona Tuesday evening and after a very nice shower in Sweder and Babette's hotel (such a coincidence that they were in Barca too), they asked if we were up for a bit of extravanganza. 'Bring it on' we said...
Dan: We were stinky and dirty, we'd ben climbing all morning in Siurana (I'd done my toughest route of the trip so far!). We met our friends outside their posh hotel and asked about having a shower...so nice to have a proper shower. Then we had a wee drink, that started to grow into a big drink :o)
Claire: Wowsers! If you're ever in Barcelona you need to have dinner at Torre d'Alta Mar! The lift takes you up to 75 meters and with a view of entire Barcelona you dine in style. Babette and I even got a stand for our handbags next to the table :-)
Dan: The man at the door to the resturant presses a button to open the door! What else do I need to say? I wasn't really paying attention when we got into the lift, I thought it would go up one floor. It went up 75m above the Barcelona port. I got an excited giggling fit and jumped up and down. The food was amazing! By 1am we'd scuffed a white, 1 1/2 red, dessert wine and port, it was time for a club...
Claire: We skipped Kluivert's wife's club and went to the one next door. We didn't envi Sweder and Babette because they had to wake up at 6.30 to catch their flight... We had one of these amazing nights that happen. They seem to happen less and less when you're getting this old (33!).. The day after we struggled abit so apart from strolling around the old city and the market we coudn't do much. Went to an amazing concert of a female spanish guitar player in a church!!!
Dan: 5am Claire was standing in some dodgy area of the city shouting that she wanted a kebab...thats my girl i thought. Its pretty hard to get a kebab at 5 am...in the end i dragged Mrs Richardson off (after a nice chat with 2 policeman about Scotland and their guns)
10.30 am I thought i was going to die!!!!!
Claire: My birthday consisted of shopping in Barcelona with Dan (who never wants to shop but decided that it was my birthday), cheese tasting (which was amazing, thank you Delton/Mensur/Janwillem!) and tapas+japanese dinner. What more do you want? Although, I aways thought you never could have enough cheese but even I felt sick after 2 hours of tasting local varieties in copious amounts :-). Thanks for the nice birthday messages xxx
Dan: Too much shopping, too much cheese and too much city :o).
Claire and Dan: We're in middle of nowhere now and its GREAT! Just been on the best cycle ever (Tell you about that later). Take care xxx