The next leg of my travels is with Joy. I dropped the girls off at the airport with all their luggage - bicycle, child seat for car, child seat for bicycle, toys, regular luggage and the van felt suddenly larger, more spaceous. Well, it would, four down to two and plenty fewer belongings.
From the east coast of Spain, across Spain to nearly the west coast of Portugal, I am off to visit my brother. He’s been living in Portugal for just over a year now and I am so excited to see what progress has been made since my visit last year. We have chatted loads, but to see it all in reality is going to be great.
Joy and I spent a couple of hours plotting campsites on a cheap map just so that we had some idea of where we might stay on our journey. The idea is to catch glimpses of places en route rather than to visit them in depth. Our timescale is limited as my brother heads back to England for ten days soon and we want to overlap before he leaves.
We visited Barcelona for a day before leaving. It was Catalonia Day, the local region of Spain that is aiming for independence, and a local holiday. Many shops were closed and tourist tours were limited to the morning so we made the most of those and spent the afternoon in awe of the vast numbers of people filling the streets in clebration/demonstration of the day. Spot the Catalan flag!!
(still slow internet................º
|traveling light as usual.....|
|Barcelona from the city tour bus|
|Magic fountain during the day|
|memorial for when Catalonia lost independence and was merged into Spain|
|Catalan flag anyone?|
|traditional Catalan costume|
|A happy Joy in front of the official Barcelona football memorabilia shop|