Living in Spanish Caves

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

Sleeping under the Stars in Morocco

Sleeping under the stars in Morocco 3

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

Costa Rican Tales

Sunset Surf in Playa Guiones, Costa Rica

We often wander dir­ec­tion­less on our travels but other times, like now, we are on a mis­sion. The des­tin­a­tion is a little place called Playa Guiones on the west­ern, Pacific side of Costa Rica. We have focused spe­cific­ally on this goal based purely on a rumour of world class surf. Con­tinue read­ing

Easter Without the Bunny

Easter procession in Leon, Nicaragua

Ah, Easter. It’s the time of year when eat­ing copi­ous amounts of chocol­ate is the norm, and rab­bits lay plastic eggs filled with good­ies for young chil­dren to find and fight over. That is, unless you hap­pen to be in Leon, Nicaragua, where the cel­eb­ra­tions are, strangely enough, reli­gious in nature. Con­tinue read­ing

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