This week we are chilling in San Leone, as I recover from a chesty cold. It had us reflecting about what we will miss and not about living in a motor home. Whilst we love our time on the road there are things we will not miss. But more on that later the things we will miss are
- Not going to sleep to the sounds of waves crashing on the shoreline
- Different stunning scenery every day,
- I’m going to struggle to find anything close to the melt in your mouth french croissants and bread
- Sicilian oranges and lemons
- Mediterranean fresh fish
- Snitzel, hungarian, Slovakian, german any european snitzel
- My quiet time in laundromats
- Swimming in the clear waters of the mediterranean
- Hiking in the french alps and the high Tatras in Slovakia
- History, soaking it up its amazing to see where we and our dogs have been.
- language and communication with speakers of other languages
- pastries, brioche, chocolate croissants, biscotti
- Reading all the street signs in different languages
- The amazing summer we had last year
- All the beautiful countries we travelled through
- Meeting all the people we have met, we have made some great friends and like-minded travellers
- The tiny little villages that are hidden gems, that you wouldn’t know about unless you have driven through them
- Some of the stunning meals we have eaten, paella, Pirogi, and snitzel
- All the cheap and delicious wine and beer, especially on french passion sites
- Cheap fresh coffee
- Trying local foods and specialties
- Our dogs getting their picture taken all over europe
These are the things we wont miss so much
- From Jas emptying the toilet cassette
- Tag team water filling with 5l bottles
- Living in a space smaller than our lounge
- Living in one room, unless you are in the toilet, you are in the same room
- Timed showers, our boiler has limited capacity, so I’m the loser here turning it off to wash my hair and soap up, only turning it back on to rinse off.
- Crazy italian drivers, the stress of their driving and road conditions is worth never driving in Italy again.
- Hand washing clothes, not to often I have to do this but it’s labouring.
- Bad internet, as Jas calls it, cutting out or no coverage
- Not being able to have toast, we still don’t have a toaster… or crumpets
- Our sat nav taking us on the shortest route through, goat tracks, non existent roads and narrow lanes.
- Having to park the motor home on a set angle so the water flows down the drain in the shower
- Sleeping in the overhead bed, bring back a bed we can get in from either side.
- Juggling items in the kitchen to be able to cook a meal.
- Trying to find a consistent type of dog food through europe for the dogs
- Thinking about how much something weighs, so we don’t carry too much stuff with us
- Trying to fix stuff whilst in a foreign country, eg vehicle, tax, rental properties
What has this taught us
- Dont sweat the small stuff
- Minimise, enjoy the experience rather than materialistically buying stuff
- Buy local and support your community
- You don’t need the most brand new item, sometimes you just need to buy and item that will get you by
- Recycle and minimise waste
- enjoy life and its experiences
- photos can say a thousand words
A funny report. Such a life in a motorhome is really different. I also like being outdoors every day, the changing views when you look out the window and not having to clean so much.
That humans can cope with very little, we have learned that at the Philippines. People have virtually nothing and are very satisfied. We have also adopted this. The most important thing one can possess is health, family and nice people. The whole consumer society will soon fall on our heads. Therefore: back to the roots.
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So very true Angela x
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O.K young Folks, something you really like to miss:
Traveling through totally different European countries
• loosing hours at the borders;
• with customs and intensive controls;
• different currencies, that may not be free convertible;
• “stalkers” that watch you all the time, because of your tennis shoes and jeans, that look so different;
• be sure, not to find a garage, because you drive a British Leyland Mini or a German NSU Prinz.
It’s not really long ago!
Love seeing you again
Martina and Horst
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Your Hilarious Horst, good to see you again, and watch out for stalkers.