Monday, 19 September 2011

Figueira da Foz and Peniche

We ended up staying in Figueira for another night because the guy who owned the bar would not let us leave and kept putting free beer in front of us!! He fed us all again too and gave us a load of water to take with us together with some hats and phone bags! He was so lovely! Later we met some people from England who are travelling together in the back of a transit van. We ended up going with them to Peniche cos they are surfers and wanted to go there to get some good waves. We are still here with them but we are probably going to move later down towards the Algarve! We are thinking of trying to get over to Morrocco at some point which would be cool!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Figueira da Foz

We are here in Figueira, Nick played outside a cafe on the beach yesterday and the owner gave him 10 Euros and fed us all later which was lovely. We ended up staying in there to watch the Blues v Braga match! He invited us back today for lunch but it was a little grey this morning so there is no-one there eating. We thought it would be a bit much to expect him to feed us when he is not making any money himself from paying customers. Nick has gone into town to busk so when he is finished we will head to the Algarve as Portugal doesn't seem to be that good for busking outside the real touristy areas.

Santiago de Compostella

I forgot to mention our visit to Santiago! We thought we would go and have a look to find out why people from all over the world walk there! The church was pretty amazing but it was very touristy and lots of beggars on their knees. We met someone called Lucy who had just walked from France in 29 days, she said she felt depressed as it was all over but she was interested in what we were doing so that seemed to cheer her up a bit. I had a wierd feeling about the place when we arrived, felt something wasn't right where we were parked and I was right, we had parked right next to a night club so were kept up all night by drunken Spaniards!! We finally drove away at about 5am when we had had enough!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Misha Bday, North Spain, Portugal

Well we went back to Les Eyzies to see the House but Paul couldnt get the keys so we didnt get to see the inside. Paul did, however get us some tickets to see the Font de Gaume Caves which are one of the only caves left open to the public which contain original caves drawings! Fascinating!

After there we went to Aarcahon where the biggest sand dune in Europe is, and it is very big (photos to follow). We went to Aqualand for Mishas birthday and stayed there for 2 days before heading into Spain. We travelled along the North coast of Spain (Basque country), and came across festivals going on where they had marching bands, gunpowder, fairgrounds and in Bermao there where ghosts and men in black masks who set a box alight and threw it inot the sea. I looked up the festivals online and it says they go on throughout Spain in September and are a celebration of the Virgin Mary, although Nick was told it was celebrating the end of the summer festivities! Nick did really well busking there, they really liked him and had a lovely vibe.

We then headed down the coast and stopped at San Vincente which was lovely where they partied too!! Lovely beaches and old castle and port.

We are now in Portugal and heading down the coast. Not much to say yet as we have only just arrived. Nick is busking now and we are heading towards the Algarve.

I finally got Kaiyas results and we have started lessons wihch is really exciting but we still need some resources which we will get over the next couple of weeks.