Exploring Catalunya

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In 2007 and 2008 I was a frequent RyanAir traveller and visited my danish friends Klaus & Kjeld in Cantabria more times than I can remember. I was only 22 years old and eager to get out of Denmark, and while I did manage to establish a lifestyle with a very loose connection to Denmark throughout the last decade, being back home now more than recent years and then experiencing Spain allover, brings those feelings back from when I was 22 🙂

Since my Cantabrian visits more than 10 years ago, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world in the name of my sport. Lately, however, I’ve found myself more and more in Denmark and the more time I spend here, the more I long to get out again. Denmark is a fantastic country, but I still hold too much desire to live in wild untamed countries.

Vanessa and I both want to live a place where we can do our sport and passion on a weekly, if not daily basis, and while discussing latin america endlessly, yet still not ruling it out, we decided to look into Spain, a country with many attractions for weirdoes like us. Mountains, oceans, enduro, surf, nice culture and we even speak the language good enough to do business there. So we decided to go check it out on a 5 day trip and ended up extending it another 2 days.

What we found in Catalunya was nothing short of breathtaking. Nature as wild as can be, warm hazy riverbeds, bumpy and rough roads, the friendliest people and the tastiest food a person on a normal budget can ask for. We both love Spain and while I’ve only ever seen a small part of Cantabria and the small cities close to Barcelona, Vanessa did a complete coastal roadtrip all the way round Spain years ago.

The trip was a joy and we spent time with one of my friends at his dads place in Roses, went snorkling and hiking, drove to Andorra for a day and then a couple of days in the wilderness close to Girona, sleeping outdoors and swimming in as many rivers as possible. The temperature was around 40 degrees and tough at times. Oh and we came by a house from the 13th century that a couple from Barcelona decided to restore and turn into a rural bed & breakfast experience, it was one of most amazing things we’d ever seen. What a dream come true and honour to live in such an old still functioning house. It’s called “Els Terrats” and you can check them out here. We decided to find our own spot next to the river and didn’t stay with them, but were both totally in love with the place!

Below is some of our spanish, catalan and french Fuji moments.

Peter Weiss, the person behind the keyboard (and handlebar) is an enthusiastic off-road rider, coach and event organiser as well as an amateur wordsmith. Accompanying the words are his own photos.

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