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Travelling Spain with Two Dogs & a Parrot

With a good internet connection, I can work remotely from anywhere, so my husband Rob & I took advantage of this & are travelling Spain with our pets & everything we own packed into an estate car with roof-box.

Musings on our first summer in Spain
02 August 2018 @ 19:10

I'll catch-up with the story of our travels from where I left off last September, but we are still in Spain & after a couple of months of summer, have a few personal musings:

A few observations from a few summer weeks in Spain:

  • You cannot obtain cold water from the cold tap
  • You take a shower in this tepid water as it's at a comfortable temperature
  • Rarely do homes have ovens or vacuum cleaners
  • There are lots of ants
  • You don't leave food out, or leftovers on plates, or you'll have ants just where you don't want them
  • There are small ants that work in teams & march in long trails to/from their nest; there are bigger ants who seem to go it alone & massive black, proper ant-shaped ants striding out on their mission
  • It's fascinating to watch ants drag/push lumps of edibles towards their nest
  • Ants bite
  • Flies bite
  • Jumping spiders are fast, & they also bite
  • Wasps are attracted to dog meat
  • Agua de Colonia is safe for, & used on babies, but will stop insects dead instantly, quite literally
  • Damp washing dries in a few minutes, sheets off & on the bed in the same day
  • You don't have to think what to wear in anticipation of changeable weather, the same light clothes & sandals, day in & day out
  • You lightly wash the sweat out of clothing before the item is dirty
  • You don't wear much whilst at home anyway - time to ditch my summer wardrobe?
  • You wake to day after day of hot, clear sunny weather
  • When will it rain?
  • It's impossible to sit in the sun, unless very early or late
  • You retreat into the house in the heat of the day, shutters down
  • You spend more time sitting outside enjoying the cool of the night
  • You live between inside & outside, under the shade of the terrace in the breeze
  • A damp cloth on the back of the neck works wonders to help keep you cool - especially when the fan is on it
  • Feet in a bowl of water with ice cubes will also make you feel cooler
  • I can't remember the last time I shivered
  • Less PG Tips are drunk & more water, orange juice & beer
  • It's great to sit outside at night & be plenty warm enough, nicely cool after the heat of the day
  • The nights are lovely & cool so I stay up later, then sleep in & miss the deliciously cool morning
  • I need a siesta each day to enjoy both early mornings & late nights - how can I do my work around that...
  • Bin men work in the middle of the night
  • You seek shade when deciding where to park the car
  • You don't need anything, but visit the shopping centre just to enjoy the aircon
  • It's a pain to have to take rubbish to the municipal bins & drive around with a bag of recycling in the back of the car for days on end
  • I sit more, just sitting & not doing
  • We go out more & enjoy a beer &/or a meal
  • Spanish drivers are impatient, don't indicate & do tailgate
  • Motorists speed & keeping-up with traffic - we got a speeding fine
  • Spanish people are friendly
  • There are fields of sunflowers
  • What isn't there to like?

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Dave11 said:
04 August 2018 @ 12:44

Nice one :-)

Des said:
04 August 2018 @ 19:49

Love this Blog!

nancybenn said:
04 August 2018 @ 21:30

Thanks guys!

MO18 said:
04 August 2018 @ 22:15

Really enjoyed your observations, gracias 😊

MO18 said:
04 August 2018 @ 22:15

Really enjoyed your observations, gracias 😊

Goldilocks said:
05 August 2018 @ 23:52

Ooh, this touched so many chords with us! So true and so beautifully expressed. Thank you!

nancybenn said:
06 August 2018 @ 10:18

Thanks everyone!

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