Walking in to Zaragoza, I was very visibly reminded of the effect of the economic recession in Spain. I passed endless rows of commercial properties displaying signs that they were for sale or lease. Most were empty, but some still seemed to house businesses that had managed to keep their head above water.
I have camped out a few nights, but it’s been very cold so I have been trying to find cheap rooms. There are small towns along the way, so it usually works out but it is playing havoc with my budget. As soon as I get to warmer climes, I will have to use the tent more or less all the time.
It’s strange, the road I have been following parallels a large,straight motorway, and yet nearly all the heavy traffic is on this, smaller road. The motorway is a tollway and probably too expensive? Is it smart thinking to build a beautiful, straight road, suitable for heavy traffic and then make it too expensive for that traffic to use? Apart from the fact that it means that I have to keep a nervous eye on all the trucks hurrying towards me, it doesn’t seem to make much sense, economically or environmentally.
I am already pretty close to Barcelona and as I will have no problems getting there in time for Christmas, I have decided to take a few days off and do some sightseeing. I intend to rent a car here in Lleida and head towards Andorra. Not yet sure where I will go, but I’ll spend a few days and nights in the car and explore the area around Andorra. Just hope the fog lifts so I will be able to see the sights!