One of the main objectives of the trip - visit friends.
02.04.2017 - 07.04.2017 20 °C
Paul and Ingrid are good friends from Belgium.
Paul and i used to work in the same shipping company back in the '70 - '90 ies and played basketball as well together.
We shared a number of really fun times together over all those years and stayed in touch.
Now back in Belgium - both "retired" - there are days we get together and talk old times over a beer.
During several of these meetings, Paul always talked happily about their place in Moraira. They spend there a couple of months during the year, family and friends visiting quite regularly. Children and grandchildren, isn't that fantastic.
So after many invitations to come and see them, this was the final push to combine this visit with my other idea to do the North coast of Spain.
They probably will be reading this blog but no need to brush things up.
Their place is really a nice holiday home, you cannot underestimate what sunshine does to you when you get out of winter.
It has that Spanish feel, cosy and comfortable.
Some odd jobs to do around the garden and house.
Jut enough to keep you busy for an hour or so.
But more important, Paul and Ingrid have embraced the Spanish way of life.
Enjoy - take it easy - no pressing obligations - eat and drink - short outings to a terrace/bar along the sea, everything a person needs to relax.
So this is what we did in one week.
I cannot remember what we did each hour of the day, or any day but I know we had lots of fun whilst "taking it easy".
One afternoon comes to mind though.
Moraira is not far from Benidorm.
With due respect, but this is generally know in Belgium (and Europe I guess) the place where all the REAL old people come.
Mostly hibernate over winter.
Sitting outside at a bar and watching the people go by, mostly motorised....
Belgian TV made a humouristic series some years ago, Benidorm Bastards. These old people on their scooters, making fun of young people. Try to look it up on YouTube. Perhaps you have seen it somewhere else because it has in the meantime been adopted and released in USA.
Anyway, everyone has his own dreams.
I cannot imagine to end here in my latter days but it must fit some people fine; cheap and cheerful, friends etc .... and why not.
What I do see after this trip, is to look out next winter to stay 2-3 months in the area.
Not buying a second house as I am a nomad. I want to change and see new things and places all the time.
But yes, to rent a small villa and enjoy sunshine and share time with Paul and Ingrid.
Hopefully to invite other friends and my son/daughter over by that time.
This goes on the to-do list for 2018.
I had to ask Ingrid to send me some pictures. No need for me to carry a phone around and make my own.
So copyright to her.
Do not ask me all the various places and locations, I do not know. Just enjoy and get a feeling of this pleasant area at the Spanish coast!
This short page does not do justice to the good times I had with Paul and Ingrid.
I thank them for their hospitality and good humour.
But as always, there is a time to go and not overstay that hospitality.
They have more vistors to look forward to, I had to meet more places on the road.
So Friday morning, back on the road.