Mexico uncovered

We often hear bad press about Mexico which can cause some misconceptions and unfounded anxiety about visiting this vibrant country. Just like any country in the world, there are good and bad parts, things you are amazed at, sights that make you glad and very sad, and places to avoid. Our brief experience of Mexico… Read More

Family reunited…

As we planned our departure from Europe in early February, we pondered the route home. Our daughter lives in Mexico, we hadn’t seen her for over a year or met her boyfriend yet; our son in NZ was keen to meet up somewhere in the world, but was particularly keen for snowy Canada. We decided… Read More

Saying Goodbye to Spain

These last few months have gone way too quickly and now we are on our way north  for our final fling in Spain. Before this past year, our only experiences of Spain were brief visits to the Costa Brava and Barcelona, but these gave us enough of a taste to want to explore more of… Read More

Off to jolly (c)old England

What should we do with 10 days between sits in the middle of winter? We’ve seen almost all of Spain so we decided to hop over to see the “motherland”. I have never been to London (or much of England at all) and Chris was aged 3 when he visited London, so we researched our… Read More

We’ll be going round the mountain(s)

Another road trip beckoned with a week-long gap before our next housesit. This would be our final trip of the year and, with winter approaching, we decided to explore some of the small towns and villages of Murcia, Castille-La Mancha and Jaen provinces. We had just finished a short four-day house sit in Freila, another… Read More

Last gasp in the South of Spain

It was my birthday, and we were travelling back towards Sotogrande for a return sit with our friends Toots and Tiger Lily and their furry feline companions. Sad as it was to farewell the lovely Lucy and her parents Jim and Janette in the cave house, we were happy to return to another beautiful location… Read More

Cave living and prehistoric Spain

In early November, we headed inland to our next house sit, looking after an elderly dog in a cave house. Having experienced the cool relief of a cave house in the heat of summer, we were interested to see how they performed in early winter. Driving east across the plains from Granada, we detoured to Gorafe  where… Read More

The scariest walk in the world?

The Caminito del Rey (not to be confused with the Camino de Compostela) came to our attention when housesitting in Alhaurin de la Torre. Our hosts mentioned that there was a lovely drive to the lakes in the mountains and upon googling it, I discovered pictures of this amazing walk. Because of its popularity, we… Read More

Rest and recovery – housesit time again

We arrived back in Spain feeling slightly the worse for wear after leaving Morocco, thankful we were only staying in Tarifa and didn’t have to travel far that afternoon. Tarifa, being on the southernmost point of mainland Europe and at the channel into the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, is very windy and a paradise for… Read More