SO I???m off to live in Spain. Just thought I???d slip that into the conversation. I???ve been thinking for some time that I need a new challenge ??? a big challenge. And although I won???t be embarking on a really, really, really big challenge, such as walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, my wife and I will very soon be heading for the Sierra Nevada, where I intend to climb mountains and explore new landscapes while she socialises with her many friends and enjoys retirement . . .
This blog is no stranger to the gritty peaks of Spain???s highest mountains. I???ve walked in the Sierra Nevada and neighbouring Sierra Tejeda y Almijara many times over the years, so this is not so much a venture into the unknown as a natural progression. That???s not to say that selling your house and moving abroad at the drop of a sombrero is not a scary prospect. It is.
I will miss the Lakeland peaks, the Pennine hills with their biting winds and open views, and the majestic Highlands. I???ll even miss those dismal days when the mist is down to the treetops and the midges are swarming. I???m equally sure I will be back from time to time, to grasp the opportunity to scale familiar peaks with a renewed fervour.
This blog, Because They???re There, will publish its offerings as normal, so I hope you will continue to visit these pages and leave your witty and informative comments. There will obviously be a Spanish flavour to many of the forthcoming posts, but the Days Like This series will continue once my slide collection has been delivered by mule to my new mountain residence (wherever that may be).
I have also set up a new blog, Awkward Roads, which is a sort of snap-shot diary of a middle-aged man and his wife and cats driving off into the sunset in a VW campervan to a place just south of Granada. It???s a sort of pilgrim???s progress only without the knowledge of sin.
Talking about pilgrims, I rather fancy the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, actually ??? following in the footsteps of the righteous and Martin Sheen and all that. I???d like to have a crack at it one day. I might have to sin a bit first, mind.
So that???s the immediate plan. We set off to Spain later this week. This blog will be quiet for a few days, but Awkward Roads will be running as and when I can hook up to the internet.
Don???t desert me, because we???ve had a good time over the years and I value your input and friendship. Take a look at Awkward Roads. There???s only one short post up there at the moment, but there will be more to follow shortly.