2018 was a big year for us as it marked our first trip in a RV outside of the US. Our first year traveling outside of the US was full of new experiences and tested our resourcefulness.
A small example of a difference that took us a while to sort out. In Europe the grocery carts are very similar to ours as you would expect, except for one difference they are chained together. Each cart has a small chain that when you return it you connect to the next cart. The first time we went to the grocery we saw everyone getting a cart but could not figure out how to get the chain loose, so we skipped the cart and got a couple of hand baskets. This continued for our first couple of weeks which was getting old as we would end up lugging very heavy baskets around the store. We were too embarrassed, and did not have the linguistic skills to ask someone how we could get a cart. Finally one day I decided to figure it out and watched someone else retrieving a cart and realized that to get the cart you put a .50 or 1 euro coin in a slot and the chain popped out. When you returned the cart and stuck the chain from the next cart in your coin popped back out. The purpose is to get everyone to return the carts to the right place and not leave them all over the parking lot.
For 2018 we took two trips in the United States mostly to California to see friends and to explore San Diego. We also took two trips to Europe, the first except for one night in Spain, was entirely in France. Our second trip was focused on Spain, but we had a tough time getting out of France as “one more thing” would pop up.
In total for the year we traveled 113 days, and covered 4 countries if you count our one day in Gibraltar. We expected that RV travel in Europe would be more expensive than in the US and were surprised that our daily costs are almost the same in Europe as the US, they are just spent in different buckets.
Below are the entries for 2018.
After breakfast we set out to explore the rest of the park. We took a couple of short hikes and really enjoyed ourselves. The weather