Yone and Dácil wish everyone a Merry Christmas

28 12 2017

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Yone is Geocacher

28 12 2017

I was superficially introduced to geocaching two years ago through a hotel guest at work. I looked it up on the internet and even made an account. But forgot about it immediately.

A few months ago there were a couple of very enthusiastic geocachers staying at the hotel and we got talking… So I went back to the website, made an account and discovered I already had one. And I thought I might as well introduce Yone into the vast world of geocaching.

We installed the app on our phones and decided Madrid would be a nice place to start our adventure.

We never found our first target, but the second one was in a lovely spot, a small secluded garden which we were glad to have visited… Jorge, reluctant and grumpy, even found one for us (just to get the hell out of the place already…).

Good outdoor fun!





Dácil gets a Dutch passport

9 12 2017

And so does Yone of course. They have both Spanish and Dutch citizenship, but only Spanish ID’s. The Dutch Consulate in Tenerife closed some years ago and now all Dutch citizens must travel to the embassy in Madrid to get documents. A 2,5 hour flight. Ridiculous.

Anyway, we thought we’d get the kids their passports and turn the trip into a long weekend Madrid for 4.

We stayed with our friends Toño and Azu in El Escorial and enjoyed two full days in the Capital. Barely enough to realize we must definitely do this again and stay longer.

In the train:

At the Flea Market:

Plaza de Sol:

Las 4 Torres where the Embassy is:

Gran Vía:





Yone’s next hike

7 12 2017

Yone’s half term vacation is the week after Halloween. He has the whole week off whereas Dácil only has the 1st of November off. All Saints is a national bank holiday. So on November 2nd, the day the catholics conmemorate their deceased loved ones and visit cemeteries, we went on a small hike along the North coast. We parked the car in San Juan de la Rambla and walked under a splendid sun and blue sky towards a naturally formed lava basin, the Charco del Viento, through lush banana plantations.