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 Apr 2010

Home and back

It's been a while since our last message. We've been home for a few wonderful days over Easter, which was luxury after 5 weeks of camping in the van! We saw Valerie, Elsbeth and Diederik's cute little daughter who was born on the 22nd of March (see picture). And then we had 2 spoiling days with mama in The Hague, lots of nice food, saw 'the aunties' for Easter lunch, had a short visit from So, Robert and little Shug for tea and just enjoyed being clean and in the city for a while. On Tuesday we went to see Luisa, the newborn little one of Merijn en Twan, with Elsbeth and Valerie, very funny to see the 2 mums and 2 little girls together! Flew to Edinburgh and had a couple of holiday-days in Lundie:-) It felt a bit empty without little Kipper at first... But it was wonderful to be back in Lundie with all the daffodils in full bloom, a proper roast dinner, shopping and walks in the fresh air.
And on Friday when we flew back to Madrid we were happy to see the van again, what more do you want?
We spent the last few days in the Sierra de Guadarrama, 60 km north of Madrid. A beautiful rural area with lots of big water reservoirs. We thought the spring heat had started after a few hot days with beers on the terrace after climbing in Patones in the sun, but since yesterday it's raining :-) So we decided to drive to Salamanca today, it's great being back here after 15 years (Spain chica's: we're in cafe Cervantes now)! But before I forget, yesterday in the rain a very important climbing thing happened: I led my first route! And I didn't cry (a few years ago I tried as well and cried lots and wanted to come down). So I'm climbing for real now :-)
Lots of love xx

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