Two weeks in and another rant
So to sum up so far
12 Countries (can you guess what they are? Answers at the bottem of the page - bet you miss one!)
Campsites 10 nights
Wild camping 4 nights (if you include one night in a service station car park - well I was pretty wild to be sleeping there for the night!)
I’m proud to say I have had clean underwear every day bar one and have moisturised and put make up on every day. Showers have been less frequent, but we are managing to wash in the van and I am forever grateful for the feminine hygiene gifts I received before we left – for anyone doing a similar trip would put high on list of essentials!
Finding things is becoming easier and we are slowly working out the the best places to keep everyday items, so we don’t have to spend half an hour looking for a towel. Tigger does have a habit of hiding things as well, for instance I know I brought my kindle charger – As I am now at the critical part on the book (thriller whodunit) the kindle needs charging – charger nowhere to be found – will I ever know who didit? We are also getting used to constantly having to unpack and pack the whole van to do virtually anything - so is the life of an adventurer!
When choosing a camping spot it is mostly dependent on my bladder – forget the lets not be too near the loos – in the Curran camp its lets park as close as we can, as my twice nightly visits to the loo do not need long treks-the bladder is not that good. If we are wild camping then it has to be somewhere we can just hop out and be “discrete”! We will move on to “The Stool” ie the thing you can sit on in another part of the blog as too much detail for here!
We are slowly settling into a sort of routine, and both finding our roles. John is driver, second navigator, mechanic, bed assembler, bed de-assembler, general maintenance and fixer of most things. I do a bit of navigating and a bit of cooking and cleaning, making the van look pretty plus quite a bit of moaning and worrying of where we might find the next campsite, toilet, supermarket etc.
My major role however is chief tour leader and I decide what we get to visit/sightsee. This is definitely my favourite bit, but it is hampered by not having good access to the internet for research purposes, hence I feel it is important to stay in hotels occasionally giving us an opportunity to be able to do quality research and therefore enriching the rest of the trip. The hotels need to be of a good enough standard to have good WIFI connection otherwise it’s a waste of money! John however I don’t think feels the same but I “NEED” the Hotel/WIFI for the sake of the trip – not to mention the bed, shower, toilet –maybe I should re-name my part of the blog “The Reluctant Adventurer”
We have done a lot of driving and I can’t believe how busy we have been, I was hoping to have mastered the Cyrillic alphabet, and the periodic table by now (two of my many objectives for the trip) but haven’t had a chance to look at either – navigating has been pretty full on when driving and once we camp its eat, clean up (which you need to do immediately otherwise as there isn’t any room to do anything else) and get the bed ready.
This then leaves a bit of time for evening entertainment. We have taken to playing cards and I would just like it to be known than Gin Rummy is a stupid game – however I think Crib maybe better. Do let us know of any other games you would suggest that don’t induce divorce.
I am sure things will evolve over the next few months and it will be interesting to look back on these early days – what I do know is that at the moment we seem to have a shed load of stuff we don’t need – but when we are in the middle of nowhere…………………………..
Answers to the Countries : France, Belgium, Luxembourg. Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina (that’s the one that got you!) Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Turkey