Swimming, cliff jumping, chasing horses… and saying Goodbye.

So, after a weird couple of days at Duruxa, I was pretty surprised that Lizzie and Lauren hadn't made excuses to leave early, thinking what a bunch of weirdos we all were! They're lovely girls, also recent graduates in their first year of The Real World (except their Real World is in Santa Barbara, California… Continue reading Swimming, cliff jumping, chasing horses… and saying Goodbye.

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Chasing sheep, wild swimming and going all funny for a moment

For four months of traveling, my immune system had been perfectly behaved (despite many sudden changes in diet, temperature, altitude and physical activity), but with a week left to go at Duruxa, it finally broke down for a few days. Actually, as I was uploading my last blog post, my stomach was churning like crazy.… Continue reading Chasing sheep, wild swimming and going all funny for a moment

Hiking in the Picos de Europa and the continuous entertainment provided by animals

On Sunday, Matthew and I accompanied Jillie and Dane on their first hike in the Picos de Europa and it was amazing. After many discussions with James (he's done a lot of hiking in the Picos), we chose to climb Jultayu because of the incredible view its most famous for – there is a straight… Continue reading Hiking in the Picos de Europa and the continuous entertainment provided by animals

Cuddling lambs, bottle-feeding donkeys and eating liver…

Northern Spain seems like a completely different universe to the South. It's green green green, and the soil is so moist and easy to work with after the hard, dry ground in the Sierra. I think the perfect weather for me would be somewhere between the two... Maybe what it's like in the middle of… Continue reading Cuddling lambs, bottle-feeding donkeys and eating liver…

Snakes, Fiestas and saying goodbye to the Sierra Nevada

(Please imagine this blog was posted on Monday June 25th) The last week in the Sierra flew by and suddenly we're about to leave our penultimate host! The end is in sight and we're not too happy about it. Had we been a bit more travel-wise/ disorganised/ reckless (whatever you want to call it) we… Continue reading Snakes, Fiestas and saying goodbye to the Sierra Nevada

Tip Top Tapas… and other Spanish things.

After leaving Pierlo's first thing on Saturday (June 9th) morning, we had an hour stop in Toulouse (coffee and crossoint marathon) before travelling onwards to Barcelona. We did part of the journey on a double-decker train (this made me very excited), changing at Narbonne and Figueres Vilafant and working really hard at staying awake so… Continue reading Tip Top Tapas… and other Spanish things.

Markets, hot-pants and getting stuck in to ecological building

It's funny... despite the language barrier, I feel more relaxed and more like I'm 'being myself' here than I did at ECOlonie, and even quicker than in Ireland. Maybe it's because there's less people to meet all at once, or because I'm getting used to this travelling thang... or maybe I'm just more comfortable in… Continue reading Markets, hot-pants and getting stuck in to ecological building

Six days in the Pryenees, building houses from straw, earth, sand and flour

I think Matthew and I were both a bit shell-shocked for our first twenty-four hours or so in the Pyrenees. After being spoilt rotten at ECOlonie, and it being far better than we ever thought it would or could be, I think our expectations were a little high for this place. We've settled into things… Continue reading Six days in the Pryenees, building houses from straw, earth, sand and flour