Sunday 29th / Monday 30th January – Condensed version

This is specifically for my boys (and Angela) who complain that I write too much (I’m sorry L )

So here goes.

On Sunday we went for a bike ride along the promenade (10 miles to be exact), saw all the wild campers and some of their wild vans, and had pizza and ice cream for lunch (well Calv had sorbet and we swapped halfway through, but let’s not be picky).

We then had a drink with some of our camping neighbours, all of whom have been doing this a lot longer than us.

I think I drank a little bit too much and too quickly and it took me ages to get to sleep.

On Monday we went to Valencia on the train (managed to get our own tickets and get on the train (with just seconds to spare though!) all by ourselves J )

Orange trees everywhere – so many just on the ground around the trees. First off I thought that’s bad business but I guess they use them for orange juice and stuff like that.  We think they’ve gone past their best though, as when you’re in a cheaper shop the quality isn’t brilliant, so maybe they’re just letting them go to seed…?

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Valencia is lovely (well the old town where we went is). Although it’s a mixture of beautiful old buildings, modern buildings, buildings falling down and graffiti!

We ate tapas and I drank Sangria for lunch J

We went up the Cathedral tower (208 steps for 2 euros) and were nearly deafened by the bell going off at 3pm! Together with a gaggle of British schoolkids.

I walked over 17000 steps! Mind you we had to walk to the train station, as we didn’t actually know if the bus was running, and it was nearly 3 miles! When we got back though there was a bus waiting so we jumped on it.

I’ve been learning my Spanish and have a few new words today:-

Sello – stamp                                                                                                                                                   Ficha – coin                                                                                                                                                     Mantequilla – butter

I’ve even remembered them!  Also, did you know that the ‘v’ in Spanish is pronounced as a ‘b’?  I learnt Spanish years and years ago, but never learnt that!

Sam I’m reading that book that I bought you ‘Code Name Verity’ – really enjoying it.  I can’t bear the thought of leaving it behind on a bookshelf so will bring it home to share round!

Ben I hope you dried out your feet!

I’ll do condensed versions especially for you so you’d better read them!

Love you and see you soon xx

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Author: MandoraTheExplorer

I'm a middle aged accounting tutor looking for my own mild adventures with my other half before it's too late..... I've taken the plunge and organised a year long sabbatical (a year with no pay!!), sold the house and my car and am ready to go :)