Living in Spanish Caves

Arriv­ing in Spain with the intent to explore Spain’s wil­der­ness by hik­ing and rock climb­ing we ren­ted a speedy Golf TDI and quickly drove out of Bar­celona. I had heard that there were many aban­doned caves in Spain and it was pos­sible to bivvy in them. I had planned on our one month trip to find and stay in Span­ish caves. The TDI headed south west to Parque Monsant. The park itself con­sists of a massive lime­stone table top one hun­dred kilo­metres in cir­cum­fer­ence, with small val­leys, forests, nat­ural springs, and rocky crags inside of it. Out­side of the park are olive orch­ards, vine­yards, fruit trees, and pueblos through­out the region. The hill­sides have all been ter­raced and four hun­dred year old rock walls can be seen. Con­tinue read­ing

Travelling and Demon Slaying

I’ve wanted to swim with wild dol­phins ever since I can remem­ber. I went through a petu­lant teen­age denial of this when swim­ming with dol­phins sud­denly became a fash­ion­able life dream to pos­sess. This period didn’t last long – my dream was too big to be con­tained through con­trar­i­ness and it per­sisted like an itch that needed scratch­ing all through my twen­ties. By the time I was in my thirties it was vir­tu­ally at obses­sion level. Con­tinue read­ing

Sleeping under the Stars in Morocco

As part of an organ­ised tour through Morocco, we had an overnight camp in the Sahara Desert. Arriv­ing at an auberge or inn, we had a chance to off­load our bags, col­lect overnight gear and sip mint tea before climb­ing onto camels for an hour long ride through the mag­ni­fi­cent dunes of Erg Chebbi. The views as we were rid­ing were amaz­ing — rolling dunes of a beau­ti­ful orange gold col­our and so peace­ful. The camels seemed so pla­cid, happy to stay in form­a­tion, and did as they were told. I’m sure they would have found their own way to the camp, but we had a guide lead­ing us. Con­tinue read­ing

Indian Rails

Status

I am always sur­prised at how effi­cient and friendly the Indian rail reser­va­tion people are. 5 minutes in their office and I left with a 300 Rupee ticket for an overnighter from Mum­bai to Goa, leav­ing tomor­row night. Saves me a nights accom­mod­a­tion as well! Really look­ing for­ward to the beach now!

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