We are a English/Spanish couple living in Cantabria, Northern Spain, who have recently fulfilled a life-long dream – to own a campervan. We’ve always had the travel bug, and love exploring anywhere and everywhere, so we decided to take the plunge and find ourselves a camper-made-for-two to add to our travelling lifestyle. After much deliberating and searching we finally found Berta in March 2017, went to visit her, and bought her home the very same day. And it’s been love ever since!
After initially posting endless photos of her on Facebook (and we suspect boring our friends to death in the process!), we decided to start this blog to properly document our travels – we love following other #vanlife blogs so thought we’d add ours to the mix!
As a lot of our travels tend to be 24/48 hour trips away at the last minute, we also see this as a fantastic opportunity to advertise our local area, which we are so passionate about. If you’re interested, Nat already has a English language tourist blog for Cantabria here: www.ratoncantabria.wordpress.com
So, we hope you enjoy exploring with us, and it encourages you to visit our area, with or without a van!
Nat & Gonzalo
In mid August 2017, life changed for us in a big way. I, Nat, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
And we realized how very lucky we were to have Berta.
A place where we can escape to just the two of us, a means of travel which is adaptable to needing to rest a lot (thank god for a fixed bed!), needing a very hygienic environment, easy to keep spotlessly clean, the ability to cook every meal ourselves whilst travelling with organic ingredients, and the possibility to just get in and go, last minute if necessary. She is invaluable.
This has of course changed how our travels pan out. Since the start of ongoing chemo in September, we’re now slower paced, often later starts, naps during the day, and no more long hikes. We’ve always been used to packing in as much as possible into our days whilst travelling (van or no van), so this change of pace has been a challenge and it’s frustrating when we don’t get to see everything we might have wanted, and especially not being able to do our lovely long hikes, but it’s a day to day thing – and the more we can get out and about, the better, and without Berta we’d be so much more limited as to what we could achieve travelwise now.
We are thankful every day for making the decision back in March 2017 to just go for it and buy her!
Bless you Berta!