Lisbon (Portugal), 01.12.2013
At 05:30 in the morning a crying baby woke me up, shortly after the sibling joined in, and the morning in casa Wit started. The previous night my friend Alex and I had celebrated my return the Spanish way: with two bottles of wine, some delicious almejas, tender carabineros, a juicy steak and several chupitos of licor de hierbas at the end, at what is probably the best seafood bar in town. For the first time in months I woke up with no headache after that much alcohol. Welcome back to Madrid! Continue reading “Encore! To Lisbon”
Madrid (Spain), 27.11.2013
As much as I tried to postpone this moment, this afternoon I had to get back into the car for the last time on this journey, push the “start/stop” button, and get on the road for the last leg of Eurasia 2013. Shortly after lunchtime I slowly drove out of the garage on the Paseo de Colón into the bright sunshine of this cold november day, and left Barcelona. Continue reading “Final destination: Madrid”
Barcelona (Spain), 27.11.2013
Spain welcomed me with one of its more beautiful sides. As I left my hotel in the morning, bright sunshine welcomed me, it was a fresh clear day. I strolled through the Gótico and Born districts to a café I like to go to in Barcelona, where I had a long breakfast, chilling, reading, writing, and preparing my time in town. Continue reading “Sunny Barcelona”
Barcelona (Spain), 25.11.2013
225 days after leaving Spain on a sunny April morning, now came the day to get back. In the morning I packed the car and left Milan in bright sunshine. In no time I was on the motorway towards Genova and spent two hours to reach the border with France. Roads were excellent, traffic very light, weather good – perfect driving conditions. Starting my descent towards the Mediterranean, at some point a valley opened up in front of me, the sea at the end of it, a thick white cloud over the scene, and the sun made the water sparkle, while some white sails moved slowly on the horizon. I wanted to take pictures, but the narrow motorway didn’t allow for a stop. Continue reading “Back to Spain”
Mougins (France), 15.04.2013
This morning at 11:30 CET our new adventure started. We closed the door to our apartment and opened the one of our car. One chapter of our lives closed and another one opened up. It all went so fast we didn’t realize what had happened. 12 hours later we are 1250 km from home, in a hotel close to Cannes, and will close our first day on the road with a glass of champagne.
Today we drove through Spain with great weather and appreciated the wonderful, arid landscape, with it’s varying color schemes in the mountains and vast plains in between. We passed the Greenwich Meridian and are as of this moment travelling in the eastern hemisphere. We crossed our first border, into France, although there is no real border between Spain and France (great achievement of the European Union). When we entered France it was getting dark, so only tomorrow we will be able to admire its beauty. But as I learned in my previous company: no forward looking statements. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
Today has also been the maiden voyage of our Evoque. It is fully loaded until under the roof, plus a safari rack and tyre on top. This slows us down (max speed is just 176 km/h) and increases diesel consumption significantly (see below). But it is very, very comfortable. We are happy to have chosen this car. We also found out that it does not stop even if the board computer says that the autonomy left with the remaining diesel is 1 km – very reassuring.
Time to go to bed, tomorrow we have another long day on the motorway ahead of us.
I wanted to tell all friends we didn’t manage to meet as we wanted during these last weeks (Timo, Oli, Vieri, Luca and many more) that we’ll repeat when we come back. We had not only to organize this trip, a ask that revealed itself much bigger then expected. But we also did a full “mudanza” and tons of paperwork in record speed to not loose valuable travel time during good weather.
Trip data (only today “day” and “total” will be the same)
– Km driven: 1.250
– Driving time: 12:40h
– Average consumption (l/100km): 11,7 (diesel in ES & FR costed €1,35-€1,40)
Madrid (Spain), 15.04.2013
As of today, 11:30 CET, we are on the road. Eurasia 2013 has started! There’s barely any content here so far, but this will change soon. Stay tuned.