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Guadalajara

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  • Day591

    The ground had frozen overninght but the roads were dry and clear. There was a free stopover in a nice little hill town not too far away, so after a while we left the motorway and made our way up the winding rural road, climbing above 1km and the snowline. As we ascended, the snow became deeper and deeper, but the road was still uncovered so we continued. Arriving into the town, we spotted the blue 'P' sign clearly marking our intended stopover. Unfortunately it was under about 20cm of snow; there was no way we were going to risk getting stuck so we carried on past the mini snowplough (busy widening the path along the main road) and did a 3 point turn at a T-junction to follow the same route back down the hill.

    Carrying on, Plan B was to camp beside the A2, on a slightly downhill stretch. There was supposed to be a pull off, seperated from the road by a semicircle of grass, trees and picnic tables, but this too was covered in snow, so we parked at its entrance. It was quite beautiful to see the whitened landscape all around but because of the altitude, the air pressure was only 900hPa and as the sun set the temperature dropped fast! We battoned down the hatches; closed all blinds, put the mats on the front windows, drew curtains and opened the floor heating vents. We watched the outside thermometer reading fall to below 0°C, then continue decreasing to -5°C, -9°C until when Vicky took Poppy out just after 3am it was -12.1°C. The recorded minimum reached was -12.3°C!!! We spent Christmas in Austria last year and the lowest it got was -8°C!

    Luckily there was no wind and the air was dry, but Vicky still had rather a resteless night worrying about whether the van systems would hold up; the fridge had already given up trying to light. When morning came our living area was still warm and there was nothing obviously wrong with the van. There was ice on the inside of the cab windows and the waste water had frozen, meaning the sinks backed up when we tried to drain them.

    It was beautiful watching the sun's rays creep over the bright white snow, making the crystals sparkle as they did. Even though the temperature was rising we thought it best not to tempt fate with the van systems any longer, but to get the engine running and hopefully escape to a warmer area pronto. The engine made a funny noise for a few seconds after starting but functioned perfectly after that. The water tank would defrost eventually...
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  • Day592

    Guadalajara shopping centre

    February 8 in Spain

    A night at temperatures as low as -12.3°C had taken its toll on our batteries and LPG supplies, so we wanted to get some kilometres under our belts (to charge the van) and some gas in our tanks. Our first stop was a petrol station with van services. Unfortunately they were up a slope that hadn't been cleared of snow. We were sensible and didn't attempt to reach them in the van. Will emptyied the toilet but their fresh water tap was frozen and so was our waste water, so that was all we could do.

    We breathed a sigh of relief when we managed to fill up with LPG at the next stop. We weren't too low, but we always feel more secure with at least one full tank.

    By the time we reached Guadalajara, we'd dropped below the snowline and the ground was clear. A shopping centre with a large supermarket stood on the outskirts of the town and it was in one of its car parks that we stayed, next to caravans belonging to 'Cirkus Kaos'. It wasn't scenic and it was occasionally noisy with the circus lorries passing by, but it was above freezing, dry, free and we managed to park over a drain so we could leave our waste water tank open to drain when it defrosted. Will popped out for some bread and pastries and after lunch we hit the shops! We managed to get some loose camomile for tea at a little health food shop (the first time we'd seen it in Spain) and the supermarket contained a lot of organic produce, so we stocked up. We also managed to tick several things off our long term shopping list, something that isn't that easy when we don't know the local shops and can't order online!

    The following day Will took a walk in to town and again brought Vicky back something sweet (pastries yesterday, cream slice today). Anyone would think he's attempting to apply some positive reinforcement behaviour therapy! Vicky doesn't mind, she gets to eat cake! Guadalajara was quiet and sprawling with a number of organic shops. It was a shame we'd stocked up at the supermarket!

    A few days ago we'd applied through WWOOF España (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) to volunteer at a small farm growing olives, almonds and figs. While we were at Guadalajara we recieved confirmation of a 2 week placement beginning on 22nd Febraury! We were pretty excited as the farm is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains SE of Granada, so should be an intersting place to work. There are WWOOF organisations in many different countries. We've previously been WWOOFing in Sweden and Belgium. These were both fun and rewarding experiences and a great way to learn more about the countries.

    Here's a link to the main WWOOF website if you are interested in finding out more: http://wwoof.net/
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  • Day3

    The morning was nice and sunny while we walked around the town but within a few hours the clouds had rolled in and we could feel the condensed droplets on the face. It was a beautiful experience after a long time. We drove from Albarracín to Salamanca a distance of about 500 kms in about 6 hours. The 1st 300 kms was a very scenic ride with a lovely rolling hills and sunflower plantations on both the sides. Interestingly, most of the sunflowers were dryed up and almost brown. Once we touched the highway near Madrid, the road became very dreary and totally devoid of anything interesting. We reached Salamanca by 6 pm.Read more

  • Day4

    Milmarcos, where time stood still

    June 16, 2017 in Spain

    Something very funny happens in Spain. With an area of some 500000 Km2 and a population of roughly 46 million, Spain has a population density of 92/Km2. Yet there's a big patch almost in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula that has the lowest population density in Europe, 1.63/Km2. That's even less than the population density of Lapland or Siberia. In fact, this area that comprises the north of Castilla-La Mancha and much of Aragón is now known in the Spanish media as the Spanish Siberia. Once a lively region, now many villages are dying out, as people have been leaving the Spanish countryside looking for a better life in the cities since the 1960s.

    Milmarcos, on the province of Guadalajara and just over the border with Zaragoza, is one of those villages who saw the people leave and masse and never return. Its population once reached 5000 inhabitants and now it doesn't outnumber the fingers in both hands. Things improve in the summer, when people come over for the holidays and the local religious celebrations. I spent many a summer there during my childhood, as my family on my father's side comes from that tiny village.

    I last went to Milmarcos nearly seven years ago and not much had changed. Everything was just as I remember and the only novelty in the village was a bus stop that had been placed on the back of the main church. Apparently, a bus passes by every morning and afternoon, Monday to Friday during the school months to pick up the only children of the village and drive him to a bigger village where there is still a school.
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  • Day2

    Parador de Siguenza

    February 9, 2016 in Spain

    Cruzando Castilla hacia el norte llegamos a Siguenza. Y desde lejos nos dimos cuenta cual era nuestro hotel para esta noche.

    El castillo esta tal como era antes, aunque tiene algunas remodelaciones (wifi por ejemplo!)
     
    Lo que mas nos gusto fue el salon principal, con las armaduras frente a la puerta. Aca cenamos y descansamos hasta mañana

  • Day3

    De Siguenza a Cardona

    February 10, 2016 in Spain

    Antes de salir de Siguenza fuimos a desayunar. Riquisimo desayuno, a Luchi le parecio hasta ahora el mejor del viaje.

    Estuvimos mucho tiempo en el auto, mil horas que hubieran sido muy aburridas sin los "dispositivos" electronicos recien comprados

    Y entre una cosa o otra, de Castilla a Cataluna, el almuerzo hoy nos toco despues de las 4pm. Asi que esos sandwiches no nos duraron nada

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Guadalachara, Guadalaxara, グアダラハラ

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