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Arriving at Biarritz, a Surfers Paradise – Day 5

20 November 2009 No Comment

Friday 17th July 2009 – France

The rain, thunder and lightning raged all night, and the wind battered the tent constantly, and hadn’t stopped since the previous evening. It was no surprise that i didn’t get a single minute of sleep last night, but was it going to get any better?..

As morning came, the rain had eased a little, so i used this opportunity to pack the tent away. It was wet and a bit muddy, so i threw it onto a towel in the back of the car. Just as i finished the last little bit, and threw it into the car, the heavens opened once again. Phew! I was just in time. I could see across the campsite, as i took shelter by the shower block, the rain was lashing down. Some tents and caravans had been damaged in the night due to the strong winds. Some people were even packing their tent away in the torrential rain. Sadistically, i laughed a little, although i knew it would probably be me in their shoes at some point in my travels.

Made tracks for Biarritz today. Along the way the rain pelted down, for almost the entire day. I had a takeaway on the way, and stocked up on food in the local supermarket, and fuel before entering the campsite. Camping Parma was another big campsite, but very nice.

By this time my French was much better, and i was able to go through the whole booking process in French alone, which i was very pleased about. I wanted to spend 2 nights here so that i could relax a bit, recharge and read up on Spain, as this is my next destination. This is also the biggest surfing place in Europe, so i wanted to spend a day at the beach.

Played my guitar for the first time this evening, i have missed it. A few people walked by but nobody stopped to admire my guitar playing. At this point, a few other guitars appeared in my vicinity, and i felt a little outdone, so i packed up and got ready for bed.

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