Education by Astonishment - Our Spanish Trip
Spain is a country we love and know well. My wife Debs grew up there and I’ve been perhaps 12 months in total on travels and holidays. And last year we also spent a couple of months there in our Swift Escape 696 motorhome. But, even so, we were now preparing to be travelling this time for about three months, including in England, with our two boys Daniel and Darley, aged five and three, plus our crazy collie dog Colin!
We knew from previous times in the country that Spain is rich historically, culturally and geographically, with a very family-centered society. It is also warm enough to be outside every day during winter and spring, which is something essential to our Education By Astonishment concept, in which we’re teaching our two boys ourselves on the road and through travel by visiting astonishing places, people and things.
The Great Outdoors is often greatly missed by many in Britain during those cold months that seem to linger on and on… So we decided to head for warmer lands.
Organising the trip
In fact, it’s often greatly missed all year round by an increasing number and that was something we wanted to ensure didn’t happen to us. So we set off with our plan of astonishing people, places and things to visit.
Spain’s a fascinatingly varied country from its green north to its desert-like dunes in the south-western Costa de la Luz. We had to pack for the likelihood of some heavy spring showers and also some temperatures that could reach a scorching 30 degrees. But the joy of travelling in a motorhome is that you can throw everything in, and for this trip it included some books and pens to ensure we kept Daniel up to speed with reading, writing and maths while on the road.