Spain at last

August 6th, 2011

I am pleased to report that our budgeting skills are working well; helped hugely by staying at my friend’s house and then camping! The camping is very reasonable (perhaps even free!) but also quite uncomfortable. I think we may need the treat of a more comfortable bed (actually any bed would do) for our next stop.

My kids are well on board with the idea of a budget and enjoying the challenge. I count that as a huge success and achievement!

We have been camping very close to the Spanish and French border and have managed to meet up with my brother and his family which has been great fun. Also just as well for us, as we are what can only be described as minimalist campers, and without my brothers camping skills and equipment we would have struggled.

Today my eldest son and I have finally reached our original destination; Spain. We are on a day trip having left my youngest with my brother’s family so we can enjoy a bit of culture without whingeing. We have just visited the Salvador Dalí theatre museum in Figueres; his birth place. Wacky is a pretty apt description. For anyone who saw Banksy at Bristol you can see the influence but this is about ten times the scale in both size and wackiness.

So how are we doing on our aims and objectives? We are certainly having fun. There have been very few disagreements and any that we have had have been resolved very quickly. We have all been pretty tolerant of each other and I am working hard to accommodate others interests and I have given others choices (really). Not perfect and still need to have more patience at times. In any event, I am certainly enjoying this very special time with my children. Best of all (and amazingly) we are on budget. All in all not bad.

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