Two continents, two seas

31 Mar

I’m half expecting to wake up with ‘English pig’ scrawled onto the side of Jeronimo (the motorhome) after unwittingly offending our French neighbours who were chatting outside their van: “Listen to the frogs” said John, “the what?” I asked, “the frogs” he replied this time louder, “the frogs?” I repeated as if just to rub it in. Then stifled giggles at our ridiculous faux pas (pardon the French). I’m sure it was crickets we could hear anyway.

So, we’re camped on the edge of a wide open expanse of beach (playa de valvaqueres) with views across to the twinkling lights and mountain silhouettes of the very northern tip of Africa. This evening’s sunset reflected a shimmering metallic glow on the water’s edge – surfers still out and Toto pawing the rock pools. Two continents, two seas.

The very best plan when free to roam is no plan. Today we stumbled across an impressive archeological site of a roman city – not marked on the map. A gem for any lover of the olden days.

Yesterday we drove through a surfer’s paradise, we think it was called Trafalgar, and came across Zahara, intending to get to Tarifa – still a bay down from us now – but got taken in by the rocky coastline, one horse saloon type town overlooked by what appears to be the Beverley Hills of Southern Spain (built on tuna apparently). The car park we shared with a German Larry and Sheryl David looky-likey couple did just fine for us.

I love hearing the nature before falling asleep (frogs, crickets, donkeys – whatever) and I think I’m okay with wild camping.

Sweet dreams until next time. Better try to restore relations with our closest allies.

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