We set off early from Canada de Callegro, at least early for us, it was just before 10 am. We only had about 40 kilometres to drive so there was no rush and we took it steady, stopping at a Lidl’s supermarket on the way. Arriving at Camping Mar Menor we picked a spot close to the campsites bar, which doesn’t seem to do much business, but the camps WiFi is situated inside enabling us to get WiFi while sitting in our vans, a bonus. We relaxed in the sunshine during the afternoon, knowing that the following day we would need to have a washing and van cleaning day.
I invited Steve over for a pizza having bought two at the supermarket, he brought the wine and we spent a pleasant evening chatting away.
I have decided to stay at the campsite until at least Boxing Day. The weather over the past few days has been generally pretty good, mild with lots of sunshine during the day, getting pretty chilly during the night’s though. To get some exercise we have been talking a daily walk. One day we walked all the way along the beachfront to Los Álcáceres and back, around 7 kilometres, which was enjoyable, although Steve had to tell me to slow down in order that he could keep up. Shut up in the van during the evenings, with my small fan heater on, I've been reading some travel blogs and watching some YouTube videos by other travellers. I joined a couple of groups on Facebook, both groups are for VW LT owners. On one I posted a couple of pictures of Lottie and received over 50 likes likes, as well as loads of comments, which was nice. On the down side Steve broke his main kitchen mixer tap. We tried, but couldn’t fix it so he will have to try and buy a new one somewhere, not easy as caravan and motorhome dealers are somewhat thin on the ground. In the mean time he has had to block off the tap so has no running water in his van.
Yesterday morning, Christmas Eve, arrived bright and sunny. I cannot believe how quickly this past year has flown by. It seems only yesterday that I was in Morocco with Niki and friends, yet 12 months have come and gone. They say the older you get the faster the time goes, I must be getting ancient, thats all I can say.
Talking about Christmas, Steve and I thought it would be a great idea to have a Christmas barbecue, weather permitting, so we bought some steaks as well as some chicken and pork kebabs, fingers crossed. I went for a short bike ride into San Javier, the first time I’ve used the bike for ages, riding about 15 kilometres on the round trip which felt good. While in the town centre I looked into a shop selling Quad bikes and such like, a couple of the bikes were really super and I managed to take photo's with my iPhone.
Our luck was in and this morning was really nice, mild and lots of sunshine. We looked forward to our barbecue which we started around midday. We wanted to bake some potatoes which we knew would take a fair amount of time. The meal was huge and both of us were really bloated by the time we had eaten. Two extra large Vodka & tonics from the campsite bar and some wine didn’t help, but it was a super day, far removed from the traditional Christmas days in the UK. The weather remained good all day and we sat chatting outside till gone 5 pm when the sun slipped behind the distant trees, colouring the sky in shades of red and orange.
Another Christmas to look back on in future years and another New Year on the horizon. What will 2015 bring, I don’t know, but I’m looking forward to going to Australia in January for a couple of months, then I’ll just have to see what life brings after that.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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