Dan and Claire on Sabbatical!!

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!


Cycle Route to Africa

14 Mar 2010


We've just finished the most amazing curry ever! Cooked in our very own Cobb oven...its a great little invention that gives a really Aga like cooking style, just like being at home ;o)

We've pretty much had wall to wall sunshine for the past few days and the temperature has risen above zero degrees too. We're still having a great time, lots of climbing a walking.

I've been gradually building up the climbing after my 3 month lay off though injury, it feels really good to be climbing again. Claire's really getting back into it as well (she even lost her temper today cos she could do a climb). I even managed to buy Claire a new pair of climbing shoes...this a fairly significant event as i've been trying to get her to upgrade her shoes for about the last 18 months. So she'll have amazing climbing footwork within a few weeks :o)

We're planning on staying in this area of Spain for the next 10 days. Probably move campsite in a couple of days to Marglef now the weather is improving.

Hope everyone is happy and well,

Mr and Mrs Gypo
(happy breakfast reading)


  1. Claire, congratulations on your new shoes!If you have found out now that this is the key to improve my grade while avoiding training sessions in moldy dark rooms, let me know!
    And congratulations to you Dan, for your persuasive skills ;-)
    We were very happy to have met you and hope to see you someday again!
    Greetings from Switzerland, Louisa and Andi

  2. Ciao Claire and Danny Boy!!
    Really happy the sun has come out for you...finally! as we've had great weather here in costaaberdeenshire.. Curious to know more about the ''cob oven'' where was it in your little pastel blue kitchen...under the bed...hahahahah
    sending my love to you both and keep warm and don't do any climbs before at least 2 cups of caffe! big hugs Chiara