New Year Hikes!

Happy New Year!

I can’t wait for a return to a sense of schedule and routine. P’s here for a few weeks, so generally when he’s here any sense of routine’s usually out. Plus side, I get lunches and dinners made for me! It doesn’t help here the Holiday festivities continue until the 6th January or Kings Day (Spain’s main present giving day). Everything at the moment is like a waiting game.To celebrate the New Year we opted for a series of hikes. New Years Eve we hiked part of the Carretera de les Aigues in Parc Collserola over looking Barcelona. We’ve been many times, setting off from different starts. I prefer the start near Pedralbes as there’s generally less people! We continued along part of the 30km Parc de Collserola yellow and white trail we stubbled across Boxing Day on a trail further inside the park. In keeping with getting there at last light, we made it in time for a little daylight before the sun set for the last time in 2017 before braving the wind whipping the trail. I had some serious tangles later!One day until the full moon. What I love about this trail is the path is light so any moonlight illuminates it without the need of a torch/flashlight.We stayed in to ring in the New Year, Spanish style. Spanish New Year tradition’s 12 grapes ate in time to the 12 strikes of Midnight from the the tower clock in Puerta de Sol in Madrid on TV. Eat all 12 in time, 12 months good luck.  Wikipedia says it was due to an excess of grapes one year. Anyways, we ate them in time!I was up early to say hi to the first sunrise of the year My New Years tradition. Then it was off the gym to make it back early to walk part of the Cami de Ronda or Smugglers Route from Lloret de Mar. The idea was the get there with at least an hour and half of daylight. We got there just as the sun set. I’d love to go back in daylight as the route I’m sure is even more spectacular when it’s light. Plus I’d like to visit the botanical gardens located there.The wind didn’t let up, it hasn’t all week, (I think it’s the tail end of Storm Eleanor hitting further North. Going back along the motorway on the motorbike I couldn’t stop laughing thinking what people were seeing as we passed. 2 people riding huge bike with the their heads down like it’s a MotoGP race so the wind didn’t blow them around so much! It was scary over some viaducts how strong the wind was) however this time it had more bite. Thankfully we were wrapped up warm so we were good against the cold.Part of the path is through woods and it was kinda calming being surrounded by darkness. I’m not used to darkness living in a city. I’m used to light so it was nice for my eyes had a mini break. For a while. I had my bargain find from Decathlon stowed away in my rucksack. A €7 headlamp as it was so dark you could just see ahead. I freaked out slightly seeing orange lights up ahead until I realised they were cats eyes! We’d just been talking about street sign illumination and cats eyes so it was kinda fitting to seeing pairs of orange discs in the distance.Hiking back we debated getting a pizza from the many pizzerias (ok, it was so I could pee. The public toilets I skipped and held!). We settled instead on a cup of peppermint tea out the wind and vegan beef jerky aka mango slices and trial mix that we took with us, in case we couldn’t find a cafe to warm up before heading back. And that’s it, New Year Hikes!

How did you celebrate New Year? Are you a stay in type or big party type? Wishing you a great 2018 ahead!



Chasing Light. Pink Sky At Night

No Weekend Friday Favourites this week. If I’ve only posted once during the week I feel it’s a bit OTT to go look at what I found, look at what made me smile! This week’s been a little crazy, vets, all the Christmas wrapping, cards and Post Office in one day (I wasn’t kidding when I said I leave things to the last minute) and pressing snooze one to many times causing a knock on effect of being busy not productive. However being busy, running late sometimes means you catch an amazing sunset or reverse sunset as I did cycling Monday. So I’ll leave you a few photos chasing light and surfers.

I’m always in awe how the winter light refracts through the atmosphere resulting in sunsets that light up the sky. I’m (more…)

Weekend Friday Favourites

I hope you’re having a great weekend! I was meant to start wrapping Christmas presents and those cards I wish I didn’t have to do but are expected this weekend. In true Nat style everything’s sitting unwrapped and unwritten before my last self imposed shipping day next Wednesday. I seem to work better with a little bit of pressure, leaving things to the last minute. I think my Mum’s the same. I still have to find an outfit for next week’s Buff Epic Run a costume, untimed obstacle race. I’ve had about 6 weeks already to come up with an idea. No pressure.

In keeping with last minute, I’m writing this late Sunday evening. Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile this week or caught my eye. Please share in the comments below what’s been making you smile recently or caught your eye!  (more…)

Weekend Friday Favourites

I hope you’re having a great weekend! As I missed last week’s Weekend Friday Favourites being tired from the Maori Obstacle Race, I’ll keep the chit chat to a minimum…Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye this week.  (more…)