Scarf for the Cold

It gets cold sitting out on Placa Catalunya a few days before Christmas.

A piglet has to wear her hat and scarf; show her colours.

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Just above where herself and la Pantera Rosa are looking.

I’m wondering about doing a few days of the Camino with a 3-month-old as well. Can you tell me more about using washable diapers (nappies?) and where you slept at night? Thanks!

Cool, go for it. It’s not as much hassle as people might tell you.

We use washable nappies in general life and our experience of using them on the camino was a little problematic, but not terrible. The plan was to take a limited number of nappies, hand-wash them as we went and dry them as much as we could on radiators at night, and off the back of the rucksack during the day. It kind of worked for a while but because we went in winter, there wasn’t much sun-drying during the day. We were always short a few clean dry nappies. In the end we parked the washables in a pension and used disposables. We felt bad about that but if you go in the warmer weather, you should have no problem rotating clean, dirty, wet, and dry ones.

As regards sleeping, most of the pilgrim hostels wouldn’t take us with a baby, because it is all dormitory-style communal bedrooms. That’s understandable. We generally had to stay in private pensions (cheap, family-run small hotels, basically). It costs more, of course, but it also meant we had privacy and the baby wasn’t troubling others.

It’s great fun with a baby, everyone will love you. We are going back to do some more later this year, possible by bike the next time. Let me know if you need to know anything else.

Jim.

To quote George Bernard Shaw “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” History doesn’t record if GBS ever wrestled a piglet, but he was a smart guy, so he probably didn’t.

This monkey, on the other hand, clearly hasn’t read Shaw.

Riu dishes out some serious smackdown to El Mono, and it’s quite apparent that she likes doing it.  

GinTonic

Little zebra goes to the GinTonic bar.

An award-winning GinTonic bar for an award-winning zebra.

Hard at work or hardly working

On Christmas Eve our little Piglet was recruited to work as one of Santa’s little elfers and was accidentally caught on camera zipping around Barcelona whilst hard at work.

Twice.

And so the little piglet was reprimanded for making herself so visible to the little children and was sent home. Supersadface.