Day 127 – 7 Jul 10
We are still beaching it. swimming in the sea every day with mum darting about avoiding the crabs. Always something to do around the van though. Getting to know a bit more about living full time. Each day gets filled with something new, but I wonder how long that will last. We still have over 4 weeks to do here & maybe we’ll be ready to move on by then. Maybe we’ll get bored with the beach life. Maybe not. We’ll see.
Mossies are back. I‘ve been bitten 5 times today. Seems to be no pattern. I went a week without a bite. Never mind, it’s a small price to pay. It could be a lot worse. It could be the heat. However, we are spending a small fortune on anti-Zanzare potions & sprays & candles.
We were woken up again this morning at 0800 by the dulcet tones of ‘mama’ in the caravan the other side of our Dutch Dancing Duo. Why is it that when beautiful Italian women reach 50 they get overweight and their voices turn into a deep treble bass & they insist on shouting everything? Even the simplest conversation. It’s the same on the beach. You can hear them 100 meters away & of course they never take a breath – which of course is no different wherever you go. (Ha – ha)
10 Things Wot I have Learned Whilst on the Road
1. Don’t completely trust the Sat Nav. Programme it correctly & read the road signs. Do your map prep.
2. Mosquitoes do exist in Europe. We are really lucky not to have them in England. What would you prefer – crap weather & no mossies or vice versa? Also, why have mossies stopped buzzing? They are now invisible & silent. That’s evolution for you!
3. Buy a low wattage desk fan. It’s brilliant & indispensable. Keeps the sleeping area cool in these really high temperatures.
4. Get an external portable electric cool box. With our pathetic fridge we would never have a cold drink without it. Keeps fruit fresh too. In hindsight I’d get a van with a fridge freezer next time. In fact, I think we should have brought ‘Hilda’ from home. She would have been just what we needed. All the Eyties have an extra fridge for this weather – 40C plus.
5. The microwave is useful, but it WILL trip the power if you use it on full – even at 10 or 13 amps. Medium power for short bursts only.
6. Washing up should be done at the facilities, especially in the summer. You are using their hot water and not clogging up your drains and using your water/gas.
7. Internet in Europe – just use internet cafes or Wi-Fi on sites. It’s not worth buying a contract with a European phone company. Just log on when you can. Pre-type e-mails etc and cut & paste when in the café. Simple!
8. Don’t listen to all the scaremongering on the internet. It’s not that difficult out here. If you just get the right insurance & do a bit of planning there is nothing to fear. The police don’t give a damn about you. There are just too many other wags on the road. And as for worrying about niff-naff like speed signs & bike rack reflectors – forget it. And – nobody is going to gas you or kidnap you on the motorway – get a life!!!
9. You spend more money than you think you will. About 25% more I’d say. It’s really difficult for full timers not to think that you are on holiday. Initially, there are a lot of incidental start-up – one-off – costs. Once these are gone, it should settle down. Problem is, there is always something new to do or buy – today it’s a mini bike rack & ultra-violet anti bug lamp.
10. The Smart Car is a double edged sword. To tow or not to tow? It’s really useful for shopping and sightseeing, but is really restricting re driving. You cannot reverse. You cannot afford to get stuck up a dead end. You cannot just park anywhere – you are 35 feet and you have to plan for that. Just getting fuel is an issue – you have to pick your garages. A small rural garage is just not big enough. Manoeuvering is ALWAYS an issue. We might leave it behind next year.
Well, the friendly Italian from 2 tents down, who wanders past every night in his multi-coloured shreddies on the way to the shower stopped for a chat. He shouts Coco – coco-bello!!! Like the bloke on the beach selling coconuts. Anyway, I digress. He stops and rabbits on in Italian about tomorrow night – which is ‘Notte Rosa’ – the Italian festival. He says it’s going to be riotous. Loud music, drinking, fireworks, discos & that we better stay out late. All this in fluent Italian, which I’m trying to translate for mum. He doesn’t seem to understand we can’t understand a word!! He thinks we are German, anyway – as do all the locals. No Brits ever come here! Anyway, the main message is that today was 36 deg C , tomorrow will be 38deg C & Sunday (4 Jul) will be 40 deg C --- that’s 105 deg F. Phew. Even mum wont be cold in that.
Anyway, Rob has arrived on Saturday night at Rimini. Notte Rosa was a bit of a non-event & Mum missed the fireworks – feeble that they were. I drove down to meet him with no incidents in Smartie – although I did luckily avoid 2 speed traps!. He is ready for a holiday & we will introduce him to the delights of the beach & cycling. Full report next week.
Still very hot here but surviving.
M & D:Laughing:
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