Back From Holiday!
July 17, 2011 52 Comments
I’m back from holiday!
You may not have missed me (much) because I scheduled 14 posts before I left, to cover the days that I wasn’t at home. Yes, that was a lot of work, but so relaxing while I was on holiday! I didn’t have to worry about not having posted (so far, I’ve posted every day this year) and I didn’t need to do any “work” while away – I did react to comments every now and then. Anyway, I’m proud I managed to having kept the blog going while away.
So, where did I go and what did I do?
I spent two lovely weeks in Spain, in a small town called Santa Susanna above Barcelona on the east coast. We were in a very nice hotel, Aqua Hotel Onabrava, in a quieter part of town (the busy part is Malgrat de Mar). The hotel is pretty big (350 guests, of which about 25 were the Qatar Football Team) but was just as we wanted it.
We spent our time at the pool side (many days for a few hours), at the beach (once), at Barcelona (once), driving in the surrounding hills and walking there (twice), playing pool (every day), walking around town (often), going to the evening entertainment (most nights) and just having a nice and relaxing time.
How did we get there?
We took the car! It was 20 hours there and 19 hours back. We went through the beautiful central France regions (definitely worth a holiday some time!) and avoided toll roads. That was slower in principle but we didn’t spend time in a queue even once!
My husband did all the driving. He doesn’t seem to get tired from driving per sé, just from being awake for a long time. So, 19/20 hours was definitely a maximum for him. I was very impressed he could (and wanted to) do it.
And how about the reading?
I read 7 books while on holiday. That was way less than I had hoped (I took another 4 books back home, unread) but then I did so many other things (see above) that there wasn’t the time.
I discovered that there was a reading room at the hotel!
Given the different nationalities of the guests they had two walls with tables covering Catalan and Castillian Spanish, English, German, Dutch, Russian and a few other languages.
The English section was the biggest, with 3 full tables.
And what a surprise to find a (admittedly somewhat battered) copy of Room (by Emma Donaghue) there! I have been wanting to read it so I immediately confiscated it. Later, I added a book to the Dutch table, my ARC of The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards, that I had just finished. I would have loved leaving more books behind but the other books I’d read were either form the library, promised to a friend, or something I didn’t want to part with.
And then when I got home….
… I found 6 parcels with in total 8 books waiting for me (plus another parcel to be collected). Can you tell I’m trying to reduce the number of new books I get? I’ll tell you all about these books in my next New Arrivals post, later this week or the next.
And now I’m back
So, it’s back to normal life, except that the kids have another 5 weeks of holidays. And there’s the washing! Loads of it!
What did you do in your holidays (or what are your plans)?