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PostA Motorcycle Trek around Spain, 1973 (Timothy Ashby, South Africa, 07/10/18 6:34 am)
John E asked me on July 8th:
"Tim, you must tell us more about your 'Motorcycle Diaries' trek around Spain. Any surviving photos? I'd love to post them on WAIS."
Alas, no. I was 19 at the time, did not have a camera, and doubt if I even considered making a photographic diary.
Spain was very different in those days (1973). This was still the Franco era and everyone was wary of the Guardia Civil. They seemed to be everywhere, even in remote villages, and would often accost me on dusty back roads and battlefields, suspicious of what I was doing there (they were utterly baffled by my interest in Peninsular War history). The country generally was very undeveloped. I can't recall any of the impressive autopistas that connect the municipal dots today, much less the amazing high-speed trains.
Rosemary and I bought a house in Mallorca in February and have spent the past few months renovating and furnishing it (photos below). We alternate two weeks on the island and two weeks in London. We're an hour from Palma Airport to the ENE, at a place called Cala Provensals near Font de sa Cala. We have the kind of businesses that are largely virtual, and with high speed internet (actually a superior fibre connection to our London WiFi) one can work anywhere these days. We're just a two hour flight from London, so can easily fly up and back for meetings in one day.
I love Mallorca. It is safe, secure, friendly and the cost of living is much lower than in the UK. We've given up on South Africa and hope that our house there sells before the market implodes. The political and security situation has deteriorated since my last posting about the country.
I'll do an update in a few months, but for now you can identify me as "Timothy Ashby, Mallorca"!
JE comments: I'll make the update, but for some reason the WAIS website isn't allowing me to extract you from South Africa, Tim. WAISdom's IT czar Roman Zhovtulya will have to investigate.
What a gorgeous house. In the second photo you can catch a glimpse of the Mediterranean. Expect me to drop by very soon...do you need a gardener or pool boy?