So! After a 6 month hiatus on the blog, and almost a year after we set off on our European Van Voyager Adventure (how can it be that it´s been almost a year!!!) I have finally gotten (most) of my ducks in a row and have some photos to share and stories to tell about our travels.
And an adventure it was! We knew, going into this, that we would have stressful days, that the van would break down and that our (incredibly limited) knowledge on mechanics and electrics would be challenged on a regular basis… all of which happened, but nowhere near as much as we´d expected (thankfully!). But more on that later. Our biggest challenge, which I have mentioned before, was the internet. Or more specifically, the lack of it. Which, in itself, says a lot about the society we live in currently and is actually quite sad, that a lack of internet would be such a cause of stress. But the unfortunate truth is that money makes the world go around, and we rely on the internet to be able to make money. And without money, there would be no road trip.
We also completely underestimated how hard it is to work remotely, especially when you´re in beautiful places and in holiday mode… the last thing you want to do is be chasing free wifi and trying to squeeze a weeks worth of online work into a few hours (Emails! Skype meetings! Blog posts! Downloading offline maps! Where the hell are we sleeping tonight!) If you are planning a long trip like this and want to be able to work on the road, I would definitely recommend a wifi booster arial thingie. We met a few German travellers while on the road (the Germans are always so organised) and they all had them, definitely something we would get if we ever did this again.
Anyways, this is Bilbao, a port city in the north of Spain and a place we´d been to before (see previous blog posts HERE) and most of these images were taken for a piece I wrote about the city for Mr Hudson, see it HERE.