15/6 – Camping in the Campo!

June 22, 2007 | 3 comments | Blog

Yep, this weekend Liesl and I decided to try out our new tent, one that we bought for the princely sum of 99€ last weekend in Aldi (yes Dave we went into Aldi, you may need to go and have a lay down now I know!)

The tent (tienda in Spanish) preports to sleep 6-8 people, however I think that must be based on the size of Spaniards and not well fed middle aged Brits, but either way its plenty big enough for Liesl, Hetty and I to sleep in relative comfort (well as confortable as you get in a tent anyway).

Helpfully the instructions for putting together this 3d jigsaw puzzle were clearly translated from Chineese to Spanish without any helpful pictures so they went out the window straight away, in the end it only (lol, only) took us 2 hours to put up the tent – we even managed not to fall out over it so our relationship is clearly much better than it was in the UK – lol.

We picked a site about 1.5 hours inland – near Alcoy in Valencia, it was pretty much in the middle of nowhere in a country park – http://www.campingmariola.com/ingles/ser.htm the views were great.

A friend of ours, Janice, who has recently opened a travel agents here in Gran Alacant advised us to ensure that we took something warm to wear as we were going to a beautiful place that happened to be in the mountains and therefore it was much cooler there, I of course took little notice as I was sitting on my terrace, sweating in my tee-shirt and shorts in 40+ degrees sunshine. She, of course, was right, by the early hours of the morning it was really cold – I mean brass monkeys cold! Next time, if we venture into the mountains we shall be taking warmer clothing – I guess I started to regret my decision not to take warmer clothing when we were almost at the camp site and I could see the “Warning Snow” signs!!!!

The one thing that did confuse us at the camp site was that there were loads of tents / caravans that looked like they were perminant homes, some even had walls constructed around them, had we inadvertantly found ourselves in some kind of Spanish “shanty town” or were these just people going way over the top with the whole camping expierience?

3 Responses

  • Alan Briscoe says:

    You should bring your tent to Bonabla next month and put it up on the 7th green…AL

    Reply June 25, 2007 1:08 am
  • Richard Cavender says:

    Now, there’s an idea!

    Is that your subtle way of saying we are not welcome to stay at your “mansion” Al?

    Richard & Liesl

    Reply June 25, 2007 2:36 am
  • Alan Briscoe says:

    Of course you are – I was thinking of somewhere for the kids to stop whilst we were “having a chat”.!!!

    Reply June 25, 2007 6:45 am

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