The picture below shows Atlas’ idea of a Lucia celebration in
Happy New Year from OlaNinaTembaDisaTinnaAtlas
November was full of handball tournaments for Disa. Tinna turned 6 years, Temba turned 11, and Nina turned 29 again (it’s a miracle!).
In October, Ola started a new job, with a healthcare company. Exciting times in a new industry! The kids imitated the American tradition of trick-or-treat for Halloween, and got handsomely awarded by the neighbours.
September was lovely. Disa threw a birthday party for all her classmates (she turned 8 in July). Atlas celebrated his 4th birthday and got a Spiderman birthday cake. Nina went horesback-riding, while Ola had to do with a Segway ride. Temba learned how to solve Rubik’s cube, much to the despair of his parents who always wanted to know how to to it (without breaking it into pieces and reassembling it).
Sevilla was next. Once a Roman port, it became the capital of the Muslim invaders in the 12th century. It then returned to Spanish rule and had a monopoly on trade with the colonies in
In Mérida we gaped at Roman ruins en masse. Then we wild-camped on a hill among beautiful olive trees.
We drove into
Dune de Pilats is
In Arcachon we found a lovely shack on the beach where they served fresh oysters.
In St Emilion we wild-camped in a vineyard and tasted the sour grapes (and the lovely wine).
We returned to
All in all we had driven 12,000 km through 14 countries. It was a great trip indeed!
El-Jadida is an old Portuguese fort, with canons, underground water reservoirs and tourist bling-bling.
The town of
We crossed the
As we continued south, the road disappeared under the
At dusk, a sandstorm hit us. Our guide Omar helped us to find shelter in a bedouin camp. Lucky us! After a few hours, the storm abated and we could sleep in our tent. The temperature was 2 degrees cooler in the tent than outside thanks to the fact that our bodies cooled the air inside the tent, Bizarre!
In the morning it was only 37 degrees. We took the opportunity to explore the sand dunes and play in the sand.
Omar knew some bedouins who had camels which we could ride on.
We escaped the heat, crossed the Atlas mountains at an altitude of 3000 metres, and came via Azrou to the city of
In the city of
Volubilis was a Roman outpost 2000 years ago.
We visited the blue city of
The kids loved