Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Vera (Nathanial)


It’s time to leave the villa and hit the road again, and I must say, I am ready to move on. Not only am I glad to leave behind the experience of being robbed, I’m just ready to be on the move. Having the van broken into has pissed me off more than when our house got burgled (I promise you, we don’t walk around with ‘victim’ on our heads).  Fancy taking the telly, the bastards!!
What’s gutted me more than anything though, is the fact they took my eldest sons camera which not only has all his pictures of his college work on, but all the pictures of his so-called holiday. We were also unfortunate enough to get robbed last year in Spain with Ethan and Lauren too! Like I said, I swear we don’t walk around as victims.
Normally I would just be able to buy Ethan a new camera, but as we’re now on a tight budget and I’m not working, I just don’t have the money. I don’t like this feeling at all.

So, with a sense of starting a new chapter, we head off to a place called ‘Vera’ where we have arranged to meet another couple who are full time travellers, Roy & Amanda.
The Aire owners put us down in the bottom field on our own when he saw the boys........good call
The drive through the mountains is absolutely breath taking, and as we get higher and higher, the landscape turns greener and greener with mountain ranges as far as the eye can see all down the coast, and the odd snowcapped mountain in the distance. This is totally stunning and my eyes can’t get enough of it. Green is such a pleasing colour. We drive over the most spectacular viaducts, see the bluest of oceans and drive through the deepest of tunnels.  The drive itself seems like an adventure, and to add to it, the sun is shining brightly.

The scenery was just too big to capture
We get to Vera and find our campsite ‘Oasis Al Mar’, book in, and are greeted by Roy who walks up to the van, all smiles, and introduces himself and welcomes us here. Just what we need, good man.  As it’s getting late, we set up camp and arrange to go out for lunch with Roy and Amanda tomorrow.
The following day is gorgeous, the sun has come out to play and we get a better look at the campsite. It is very clean and well maintained with a very friendly feel to it.
As arranged, we meet Roy and Amanda and cycle down to the beach. They have two dogs which are pulled along in a ‘tow buggy’ which is of great delight to Tom who also gets to play with them on the beach whilst we get to know Roy and Amanda a bit better.
After a month in the villa with just us four, and the bitter taste of being robbed, it’s a real pleasure to get to know two like-minded pleasant folk, who I feel also have a similar sense of humour to us.
After chatting on the beach for a while we head to a ‘beach bar’ for some food.
As we walk closer to the bar, we keep seeing what looks like naked people walking around in the distance, but obviously this just could not be……right? Wrong. It turns out this is a nudist beach! Oh my word, this isn’t going to go down well with Alfie, who can’t even stand the sight of mine or his Mum’s wobbly bits as we get changed in the van!
A very confident sunbather, who's carrying his clothes?
After explaining to Alfie that the world isn’t about to implode and that this is actually quite common abroad, he reluctantly, with a feeling of utter disgust, agrees to sit down and allow us to eat. Good lad.
It wouldn’t be so bad, but everyone is of the later generation and rather wrinkly, and insists on bending down showing off a full moon. Not a Swedish blonde in sight! How rude.
Despite the surroundings we have a lovely day with Roy and Amanda and they insist on treating us to lunch, so burgers and chips all round it is then. Like I said, very pleasant folk. Thank you both.

Burger, chips & beer, on Roy & Amanda. Things are stating to look up.
On the way back to the campsite it transpires Thomas has a number of punctures, I know it was a number because I fixed two over lunch! It turns out that between the Rooster and Tom, they had seven punctures that day. I use a full puncture repair kit that evening; sod knows what they both cycled through. Tom’s tyre went flat immediately so Roy, bless him, let us put his bike on the dogs buggy and carried it all the way home for us. Tom being Tom, still beat us home, running all the way.

Roy towing two dogs and Toms bike back to the campsite, bless im.
The following day, for the first time on this trip we notice another child on the campsite, who seems to be traveling with his Mum, so Alfie does the decent thing and goes to ask if he wants to play. That was it; all three of them are playing away as if they had been friends for years, despite the boy, David, being German and speaking little English. 
Lego crosses all language barriers

Making new friends
That afternoon we have lunch with Roy, Amanda, David and his Mum, Pietra and finish off with a game of non- competitive boules.  However, I will just add that I won J .

I'm sure mines closer than yours
After a couple of days in such lovely company, the negative feeling at the pit of my stomach is slowly dissipating; our spell at ‘Oasis Del Mar’ was just what we needed.  
I could see Roy was thinking of a strategy on how to beet me at boules
For anyone who enjoys reading about people’s travels, Roy is keeping a very detailed blog, and certainly contributing to it a lot more regularly than we are to ours. You can find him and Amanda at Twernt on Tour, I can thoroughly recommend it.

And thanks Roy for the use of your pictures, cheers mate.

Me and the boys are really missing our telly so the following day we decide to head to Gibraltar to find one. We’ve had no joy finding camper shops or any place which sells them so far, so fingers crossed.

1 comment:

  1. It is lovely reading your blog even though we have talked through Skype I do so love following your travels with photos, Roy and Amanda seem smashing company just what was needed by you all, so pleased to see the boules are still being used. Mum xxxxx


Please keep leaving your comments, we love to hear from you but we only have internet access sporadically, we will reply as soon as we can.

Thank you xxx