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

9 Mar 2010


We thought we were driving towards warmth, sunshine and coffees on the terraces of Spain but it’s been very cold!! We spent a few days in the lovely Navarra area near Pamplona, camping on a ‘vergane glorie’ campsite with almost no other people and enjoying the remoteness of this area. The villages are tiny and people quite foreigner-unfriendly. In 1 bar on the first evening (with graffiti outside saying “kill the parliament”, “Spain for the Spaniards” and “Viva la revolucion”), an older man came up to Dan and said “oye rubio, que me cuentas” which means something like “hey blondy, what’s up?”. I said we were from Scotland and then he walked off again!

The van is nice and warm, so sleeping is the best thing you can do here! We climbed 2 days in Extaurri which was magical with tens of vultures flying around building nests. When Dan reached the top of 1 climb a giant vulture flew off flapping his wings just above Dan’s head, I thought it was going to attack! We drove south towards Barcelona to seek the warmth and ended up in picture perfect alpine looking Siurana! It’s beautiful with at least a foot of fresh snow. Not exactly what we expected but stunning.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Blondie, what's up?

    Glad you two are doing well.

    Great photos, keep them coming. None of Dan though please. Ok, maybe 1 or 2.

    Those vultures weren't making nests, they were circling in anticipation of one of you falling off. Obviously they'd heard of Dan's gung-ho style of climbing. Ha ha.

    Anyway, I hope you are both well.

    Take care and stay safe. No pulling stange men, Dan.