Andorra

Stories to tell our children (vol. 2)

This journey started in Andorra with a motorbike a little bit different from ours... A snowmobile!

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Driving it was quite different (as a co-pilot too). We couldn't distract ourselves a bit, every time I tried to take a picture, the bike almost fell down due to the imbalance. We spent two hours dodging trees and moving from one side to another. 

We passed the afternoon playing with the snow and watching the sunset before the biggest surprise: staying the night in an igloo!

The adventure started with a glass of champagne while we waited for the rest of the group for climbing up the mountain with the snowcat (more than 2.000m!). We were so excited about it!

It was early for dinner, so before that, we did a tour with snow rackets to warm up. You have no idea of how tiring was to walk with all the bike clothes at 2.500m height. We couldn't breathe at all! Despite this, it was one of the best experience we had. Walking by the mountain, with the day finishing and the stars raising, everything in complete silence. Magical.

A delicious and typical Catalan meal was waiting for us at the most beautiful and icy restaurant. We enjoy such a different meal with gloves, blankets and frozen noses. All the walls were decorated with ice drawings and it turns out that every year they're different, as every year they have to rebuild the hotel and restaurant again.

But this was not all... We have to do something else: go to the spa.

Yes!! At the hotel, there was also a sauna and a jacuzzi for us (there was no one else staying at the hotel that night). So imagine ourselves in a jacuzzi with warm water staring at the stars. Priceless.
After a long night, we submerged our bodies in a hot sack on top of our ice bed. It was not cold as we thought, even we barely felt our faces.

Next morning, the sun welcomed us to go down the mountain and eat a delicious breakfast before going back to reality.

 

 

Stories to tell our children (vol. 1)

Barcelona - Andorra. On a motorcycle. 

We began our journey with a huge breakfast at Àrea de Guisona, a little bit of shopping and beautiful sunset at Meritxell (Andorra) surrounded by tonnes of snow. 

We ended up the first day with a huge kebab and sleeping at a small hotel at Encamp.

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The next day we woke up early and headed up to continue the adventure. First stop? My favourite place (at this moment) in Andorra: Pas de la Casa.

As we drove, the motorbike thermometer started to go lower and lower: -5ºC, -11ºC, a pit stop to fill the tank, -15ºC, Pas de la Casa. 

I can't describe with words what this place made us feel at this moment. The silence, the vast white, realizing how small we were. We barely stopped for ten minutes, the day was clear and there was no wind, but we didn't feel our hands and faces at all after half an hour on top of the motorbike. A sensation that always makes us feel alive. 

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We continued the road to France, heading to the plan that my partner in crime prepared: Dorres and its Roman baths. Warm water and beautiful snowy views to recover after a freezing morning. Such a beautiful place to admire the nature and relax.

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As a local woman said to us that a snowstorm was coming these evening, we head back home. Or we thought so.  We stopped at Puigcerdà to lunch and when we left the restaurant that's what we found: 

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And also this...

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Our first attempt was to cross La Molina as it was our usual route, but some people that stopped to help us with the motorbike, told us that the weather was getting worse and worse, that was better to head back. 

By this time, our thoughts were divided. We were so scared, everything turns dangerous with ice on the roads; but at the same time, our minds were blowing, we felt like in a movie, alone into the wilderness as if time had stopped suddenly. 

We began to descend the mountain walking next to the motorbike, tired and nervous, hoping to arrive at the plain floor soon. 

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We thought that the situation at the Cadi's tunnels it would be better, but it was so windy and we hadn't visibility due to that. We didn't breath calm until we reach the first service area.

We ended the adventure with a hot drink and wishing we would not get another snowstorm in a looong long time.

You will find more images from that adventure at "The Pyrenees". Thank you for reading!

tamaralvarez.