St Martin to Spain, Val de San Vicente
07.08.2012 - 07.08.2012 26 °C
Well leaving compounded our ideas on it being right to leave. No real space on the entry point meant confusion all round with people parking everywhere and kids and families biking and walking between you to get to the beach. Next to the word hectic in the dictionary should be a picture of that exact point. I managed to find the girl who we booked in with and explained we no longer wanted to stay for the two nights. The final blow was the bill. Nearly fifty euros for the one night, pitched on a curb, no electric and no amenities in sight. Only good thing was the family next to us could relax, until the next lot filed in.
Sat nag was obviously tired as she sent us on a few wild goose chases and then wanted us to turn on a dime to correct it. Once she settled the drive was great, so great in fact that the first time we realised we had arrived in Spain was when the lady in the toll booth said "Hola". I just stared at her like a guppy for what seemed ages. She must have thought how good Dan was to take such a special person so far on our sunshine bus. I can't say my Spanish has improved since but that's my excuse for now.
The roads were so good and the scenery was gorgeous. Lots of tunnels and bridges and the sight of the sea now and then.
Learning from our mistake we opted for a small quiet place and what a different experience. Dan was able to walk round with the owner and picked out a pitch. Although the French sites were mostly English speaking I have to say the Spanish have made up for our lack of understanding with a willingness to help.
We now have a full pitch with the awning and whole day out of the van! Dan left me to do the electrics this time as the inside is hot and he thought he would give me a break. The electric point was different which meant using a piece of kit to adapt our UK line to the Spanish one. I fitted it all with out issue and I was perplexed as to why it wasn't working. Apparently when you open the electric box you don't need to push the big red button to open it........that just shuts down power to half the site! Urr....ooppppss.
We met a lovely family who were travelling like us but they finish at Portugal. The site is a traditional Spanish site. Everything is in Spanish but as I have said this site is very friendly and were happy to help us figure it out; even going as far as to show us images on the internet. Thank you Martin. As the night cooled we sat down to a very yummy meal and thought "this is it". The view was stunning of the Picos de Europa national park.
Kids to bed and for the first time Dan and I had a coffee and played cards knowing that we had no alarm to worry about. Can't wait for tomorrow.