fail to plan, plan to fail

Travelling around Europe in Christina our Adventure home gives me plenty of time to think and reflect especially as we have just driven from Lisbon to Malaga which is was about 500 kilometres to meet up with my son Harry. On the journey Tina and I were discussing the New Year and how there is [...]

10 things

After 101 days there has been plenty of time to reflect on our travels so here are 10 things I like best about ‘the BIG trip’ so far and the 10 worst things.

10 best things about the BIG trip

1. Don’t have to change my underpants everyday 2. The minimalist lifestyle 3. Ability to [...]

happy hundred days

Its December 13th 2011 and we are in Guimaraes, Portugal and lovin it! We have never been away for 100 days before so its a record for us!

If you think that an average we have 20 days holiday per year then we have already had 5 years worth. How fabulous is that!

Today we [...]

what would your answer be?

I am currently reading ‘The Secret of Shelter Island by Alexander Green’ in one of the chapters ‘Are You Suffering From Affluenza’ he talks about how the human condition is to strive for more stuff often focusing on our standard of living rather than our quality of life.

Alexander Green refers to the Greek Philosopher [...]

the greek fisherman and the harvard businessman

A boat docked in a tiny Greek village. An American tourist complimented the Greek fisherman who was resting in his boat on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the Fisherman.

“Then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the [...]

day 92 to 98 Louro, Spain to Ponte de Lima, Portugal


Ponte de Limo – Can you see Christina?

day 98 – Ponte de Lima, Portugal 

We woke today to see that not for the first time we were surrounded by cars and the town was full of visitors.  Tina went for a run and I did my exercises and when Tina got back [...]

day 85 to 91 Luarca to Louro, Spain


Celebrating the 'freeing' of the Motorhome

day 91 – Louro, Spain 

As it had rained pretty much all day, it turned out to be a great day for updating the bog, and catching up on emails with the free Wi-Fi, while Tina was doing the laundry and organising the photographs. Julie, Jason, Sonja [...]

day 78 to 84 Playa de Troenzo to Luarca, Spain


day 84 – Cudillero to Luarca, Spain

We all decided to explore the town, Jay and Ju had already done a recki the day before so we followed them and ended up following a set of orange arrows which took us on a very interesting walk. Of particular note were the vicious dog [...]

they did not know it was impossible so they did it

They did not know it was impossible so they did it – Mark Twain

This is one of my favorite inspirational sayings and it makes me think of the true story about the ‘Unlikely Competitor’ Cliff Young.

Every year, Australia hosts a 543.7-mile (875 kilometer) endurance race from Sydney to Melbourne. It is considered among [...]

day 71 to 77 Cabarceno to Playa de Troenzo, Spain


The walk to Poo

day 77 – Playa de Troenzo, Spain

Sunday 20th November 2011.  We had decided to stay another night because Dave had a ‘squeak’ and even after a considerable amount of bouncing and poking and prodding by Jay it was relentless so whether he liked it or not Dave was [...]