My new van
I left off, quite a while ago, when I returned home from a year and a half trip in my old van Maggie. Yes, I say old not because of her age, but because she is no longer my travel companion, instead I opted for a new van which I have named The Duke (short for Ducato). While traveling in Bulgaria, I was thinking long and hard about what my dream van would be, and after much debate, I realized I was looking for a motorhome rather than a van. I wanted a 'smaller' camper, but with everything I needed such as hot water, a big kitchen, a fixed bed, a heater and, the full camper set up, without having to settle, and that is when I found The Duke - a Knaus Fiat Ducato from 1992. This suited me down to the ground because I knew that after 30 years, a vehicle only needs a road test every two years in Ireland, not every year, which gives me more flexibility with my travels. I quickly got the ball rolling, and got home to meet him in June.
I spent a few weeks getting him ready for the road, by decorating, installing LPG cylinders and solar panels and he was good to go on a quick road trip to the West coast of Ireland and to Northern Ireland on some short breaks. I left again in August and that is where my new journey begins.
Where have I been?
The island blew us away and we were able to park at some of the most fantastic spots completely alone, it seems not many people go there in winter. It was bliss! We spent Christmas parked on a beautiful cliff in the sun, and had three Christmas dinners al fresco, before making our way to Cagliari where we spent a fantastic New Years' Eve. We then decided to complete the circle of the island and eventually move on to Spain by the end of January, and that is where I am writing from today.
Having traveled to some of the most beautiful inland spots in Spain, we finally came out to the coast and chilled for a while before Dennis was due to drive back to Germany for work. I had no plans except to continue on to some nice spots, get some writing done and get a few things upgraded and fixed with the Duke (the joys of an old van that needs a lot of love). We said our goodbyes, for the third time this trip (Poland, Italy, Spain), and went our separate ways, but do not worry we are reuniting in Ireland very soon.
Where to next?
See you on the road!