I’ve now begun my final month at work (my last day is 2nd December), and the fact that I’m about to take a year off is becoming very real. Actually it’s 13 months due to my work pattern for the last few months.- so I have plenty of time to prepare.
So now we’re starting to get ready. The ferry tickets to Spain are booked and paid for – we leave on 18th January. We’ll book a site near Bilbao for a few days when we arrive and then take it from there, stopping anywhere that we take a fancy to (although I have found a site in the Pyrenees that I think is a likely candidate for our next stop – I’m going to stop looking now!).
Neither of us has ever been skiing and would really like to have a go – even if it’s just a lesson on the nursery slopes! To be honest I have no desire to head to the top of a mountain and throw myself off – I suspect I’d have real trouble with the chair lift (in that I’d either fall off or get stuck on it…!)
We’ve ordered an ACSI card for 2017. This gives us access to cheap rates (min 11 Euros, max 19 Euros) at 100s of Spanish campsites in low season. We’re hoping this will save us a few pennies.
The van has had some attention too. There’s a new door ‘control’ ready to fit (sorry, I can’t remember what it’s called – I just know it controls the door opening..), the gas bottle holder has been strengthened, the cupboards have been emptied (again) and we have plenty of room now to store everything we’re going to need for a year away – including my cooking and baking stuff (I have a feeling I might meet some resistance when Calv sees what I want to take 🙂 ).
On top of all this Calv has fixed the table (although we forgot to take it away with us at the weekend, if I’m honest, it was a bit cold in Devizes to sit out!) He’s also going to put an extra shelf in the back so that the chairs and sunloungers can be accessed more easily. As I’ve said before, he really is very handy. I just cook and collect the water 🙂 (and change the bed – more difficult wrestling with that fitted sheet than you could possibly believe!!)
We managed to get 2 new chairs for £20 each (they were a real bargain).
I’ve also got my self a little ‘Get by in Spanish’ book to brush up on my language skills – I think I’d forgotten the majority of what I’d ever learned.
So, 10 weeks today we’ll be on our way, on a 24 hour ferry trip over to Spain. There is still lots to do (including renewing my passport!), but I think I’m going to enjoy all the hard work that’s to come! I’m certainly not complaining 🙂