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July 15th 2014
Published: March 24th 2015
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The van outside our apartment block


I had been to Catalunya a few times before, staying with my girlfriend at the time in Barcelona but I didn’t really appreciate that it was more than just a province of Spain. Having spent more time living and working there my opinion has changed somewhat and I now think Catalunyans are fully justified in wanting independence. It has its own language, flag, the standard of living was considerably higher than the majority of Spain and more than anything there seems to be a big call for it from the people.

I lived in Calella de Palafrugell, a beautiful little beach town on the Costa Brava, from where I was based to look after 5 different walking and cycling holidays for Headwater. It was the same job I did last summer in France, basically moving luggage, generally looking after customers and transferring them to the train station. At the bottom of this blog post you can see a couple of videos I made about the holidays.

I fell in love with Catalunya during my time here. The general standard of food was high, the countryside I observed on a daily basis was spectacular, there’s a history going back 1000’s of years and the people were my kind of people, I really can’t think of anything bad about my time there.

I had many visitors who were all equally amazed by what was on offer and with 2 of those visitors I went on a 10 day tour through the Pyrennes to video megalithic monuments (the film I made is below).

I wrapped up the season at the end of October 2014, leaving somewhere that made me feel at home and somewhere I wish to return to live in the future. After a few weeks in the U.K I went on a backpacking trip in Southern Africa to visit another 5 countries.

Seeing Catalunya as a separate country I had to eat Corn Flakes to make it my 70th country, which I did with Calella in the background (the film is below).







Proof that I ate Corn Flakes










The film I made about the Modern Explorers trip through the Pyrennes










The 6 Day Walking holiday










The 6/8 Day Cycliing holidays








For more on my Corn Flake Travels please visit my website




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Our ApartmentOur Apartment
Our Apartment

Dinner on the balcony
Arriving in CatalunyaArriving in Catalunya
Arriving in Catalunya

Our home town, Calella de Palafrugell
Arriving in CatalunyaArriving in Catalunya
Arriving in Catalunya

One of the 5 or 6 beaches within a 20 minute walk
El GolfetEl Golfet
El Golfet

Crystal clear waters
Hotel GarbiHotel Garbi
Hotel Garbi

My base hotel, 200m down the road
Getting to Grips with the RegionGetting to Grips with the Region
Getting to Grips with the Region

I had to cycle and walk each of the 5 holidays I was looking after
PeratalladaPeratallada
Peratallada

One of the many beautiful medieval villages in the region
Walking in the Les Gavarres HillsWalking in the Les Gavarres Hills
Walking in the Les Gavarres Hills

Part of my 6 day walking holiday
Walking in Cap de CreusWalking in Cap de Creus
Walking in Cap de Creus

Part of my 8 day walking holiday
Walking in Cap de CreusWalking in Cap de Creus
Walking in Cap de Creus

The beautiful view over the Bay of Roses
Walking in Cap de CreusWalking in Cap de Creus
Walking in Cap de Creus

Leaving El Port de la Selva
Walking in Cap de CreusWalking in Cap de Creus
Walking in Cap de Creus

The impressive Cadaques, home to Salvador Dali for 50 years
Walking in Cap de CreusWalking in Cap de Creus
Walking in Cap de Creus

There was a section full of megaliths


24th March 2015
Steph has some News for Me

Congratulations to the mom and dad...
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31st March 2015

Cornflake Traveler
Always enjoy your blogs and impressions. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a wonderful part of the world.
3rd April 2015

Hi
Thank you for reading, it really was a magical time in a magical place. If you haven't been I hope you will enjoy it as much as me

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