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Day 1 (countdown to leaving 25th July)

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Rocky our 1997 Hymer B584 Nick sitting on the doorstep and Charley enjoying the sunshine with Dotty and Lily

Day 1, We have learnt how to start a blog! It has been a shaky start but we hope to fill this blog over the next year with pictures and updates of our travels to keep our nearest and dearest up to date with where we are and what we do.

 

18/02/17

18/02/17
So yesterday ,we did the usual walking the dogs ect.. If you’ve never been to calpe, it’s def worth a visit! On the marina side of the rock(huge thing, can’t miss it!) there’s a stunning little cove with pure white rocks the size of your fist slowly getting smaller as you get closer to the waters edge till eventually turning into white sand and the water is a clear as tap water! Wow! The dogs walking around the rock and chasing seagulls! Ha ha!!
We had a quick look at the market where, from a distance,a guy who was touting for a restaurant,whistled at me like I was a dog!! WRONG!!!! I won’t say what my reaction was as I think my mum reads this blog but it wasn’t overly pleasant!! It consisted off a single and movement and two words of 1 syllable each! proper punk style! Ha ha ha!!!
You know sometimes, that reaction sorts the situation very quickly, but people frown upon it like a bad thing! What I consider to be bad is to have to put up with obnoxious knob ,who clearly has no respect for the person they are imposing their unpleasant attitude on,,, and that’s ok!! NA!!!
Any way, we had a less than desirable pizza from a beach front restaurant! Phaa! Rubbish! Couple o beers and bed!

16/02/17

16/02/17
Do you remember how I said if it’s gonna happen it will happen to me!, tbc…..
Katy’s feeling a little better so it’s time to move on! C,d,w,b,w and we’re off! Calpe is next! Again, we tried three different Aries and eventually ended up on a wild camp on the main drag just back from the sea front! So.. We walked the dogs and went for a breakfast on the sea front ! Not overly impressed with the food ,chef mic involved a lot I think!, any way, as Katy was feeling better we thought we’d have an Indian meal tonight as well!! Sod it!,
After numerous dog walks and a few jobs it was Time for the evening meal!, so off we toddled to the Indian! On the way there I said to Katy that my tummy wasn’t feeling the best! And on arrival at said restaurant,we ordered the drinks and I had to excuse myself to use the loo rapidly!
I got to the toilet and opened the door, found the light switch ,looked ahead and saw a mirror and wash basin, to the right was the urinals, where was the toilet? Ah ,,turn to the right and come back on yourself,toilet door ! Fantastic. It was one of those doors that open inwards, so when you go in ,you struggle to get between the door and the toilet because they’re so close together, I’m sure you’ve been there!! So ,successfully navigating the door and toilet I got to pull me strides down and get down to business!, anyway…..after expulsion of much needed ablutions,which wasn’t pleasant I can tell you, I look for the paper which was an old metal, round thing with a couple of sheets hanging down! So I tugged on the paper and the whole damned thing came off the wall ,the paper hit the floor and promptly rolled under the door! “Oh for christs sake!” Then,,, the bloody light turned off!, what????? So I’m sat in the dark with no toilet paper in a tiny loo with the most unpleasant feeling down stairs that you could imagine!!! ………….ok,, there’s only one thing I can do!! I have to waddle to the light switch with me trousers round me ankles and turn the light back on, so ,,praying no one came in whist I was navigating this sanitary assault course in such a compromising situation, I set off!!! I opened the door and of course,hit myself in the face with the door!, then eventually shuffled to the light switch and tada!! We have light! Quickly re-entering the cubicle, I knew I was on a time limit now,so crack on and get cleaned up! Have you ever had a dream/nightmare like this ,, I have and weird how it can come true sometimes!, any way ,, as I was completing my mission impossible and was just about to leave to cubicle,, damned me, there was a bloody light switch right next to me on the left!!!, sigh!…………
Any way the meal was fantastic, one of the best I’ve had ! We got back to rocky and hit the hay!

14/02/17

14/02/17
Well,, we woke up and there was a guy knocking at the door! He said we were in a spot that wasn’t technically a pitch and could we move on as soon as poss due to them having an inspection within the hour! Bloody hell! So quick c,d,w,b,w and high tail outa there!! Ok, back to trying to find some where to stay! Same situation lay ahead for the day and we visited another three different Aires and two campsites, all of which were full!, I think what’s happening here is all the English,German,French,Swedish ect.ect.. Went home for Xmas and are now all descending back to Spain for the early months of the year! Great! This is gonna prove to be quite difficult me think!
Anyway ,,we eventually found and aire at the back of a pub/restaurant that was only 5€ a night with electric and facilities,plus we could have a beer and relax! So walk the dogs have a beer and some food……but they had stopped serving food and told us to go slightly up the road to the next campsites restaurant! Ok,, off we go in the pitch black! Bit of a hair raising walk to the site but eventually got there ! When we walked into the bar area ,it was like something from American wear wolf in London,,you know that bit when they walk into the pub and they say…”don’t like strangers round ere!! ” hmm,, so,,”good evening,are you serving food?” “No! Quiz night!” Came the reply! Bollox! So back along the dark old road back to the other pub and rocky for bed!!
“STAY OFF THE MORES AND ON THE PATH!!!”

13/02/17

13/02/17
Went to the local market yesterday and bought some socks as mine are getting quite decrepit! 1.50 € for four pairs of socks ! Not bad! And they decent quality too!, so, after a walk around the market and I to town we thought we’d go for a Chinese later on that night! First ones in again at 7:15!, we seem to make a habbit of that! But the food was bang on and fast service as no one else was there!, ha ha!, method to the madness !! Cartagena is a nice place ,bit run down but people on the whole come over friendly! So it’s now time to move on! Where to go …..well, we tried about six places in all including campsite and Aires and all were full. We eventually found an aire off the cuff in an industrial estate in Santa pola ! There was one space but the owners of the site wernt there but a lady already on the site said it was the only one, so we jumped in! Quick walk for the dogs and a shave for me, not the dogs obviously,,that would look stupid! Hmm,,…….na!! I was starting to look a bit grizzly Adams ! Then bed !

11/02/17

11/02/17
Ok ,,so we’ve bimbled around for about a week , not much to tell you tbh,,got drunk quite a bit with Steve and sandy, stayed in a few wild camp areas and beach sides! We parted company with Steve and sandy today due to them meeting up with a friend in a week or so and us having to head north back to the uk! We are now on an aire site in Cartagena! Nice enough, showers ,electric and free wifi!

03/02/17

03/02/17
We arrived at this campsite two days ago in order to do so washing and chem waste ect.. Didn’t realise there was a nudist area to the site!! That was interesting! Naked boules !!! Oh god no!!! To many boules in play!!! But otherwise a decent enough site,oh,,apart from cockerel mc cock face waking me up at 4:25 every morning with the accompaniment of catty mc cat faces deciding to duel out side the van as well, aaaaaaawwwww,,hiiiiisiiisiiissssss,mmwwwwwwaaaa,,,then,, spit,scream,snarl and wwwooowwl !! Wich of course set the dogs off ,and to top it all off like the crowning cherry,was bloody birdy mc bird face on the roof,doing his best river dance impersonation of Michael mc bloody flackney…………….face!!! ……….so……..yeah bit grumpy this morning! We went to a “darts” match last night….well, I’ve seen more life at the local cemetery! Watching them all come up to the “activities room!” Was like watching a scene from the walking dead! Slowly shuffling up the drive way ,murmuring to them selves !, “mmeerrrr! darts,,mmeerrrr!!” Well, we didn’t feel welcome in the click so we binned that idea! Sandy made some wicked Tia fish cakes though,with some trout that Steve had caught previously! So we all got to bed with full bellies,trumping Tia style!!!