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 Post subject: Rab's Travels
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:51 pm 
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I have just written to 11 farms in the Pyrenees (on the French/Spanish border). Hopefully one of them will take me on as a Wwoofer in August. Was planning on doing this last year, but didn't have any money 'till now.

I'll keep you updated.

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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:16 am 
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Rab wrote:
I have just written to 11 farms in the Pyrenees (on the French/Spanish border). Hopefully one of them will take me on as a Wwoofer in August. Was planning on doing this last year, but didn't have any money 'till now.

I'll keep you updated.


Cool man. What's a wwoofer?
Would be pretty cool working in the Pyrenees!
The travel section could soon be filled with some nice interesting stories :)

How long would you be going for? How long would the job be? I assume you'd be staying for a while after the job finished to just travel round France or Spain, or even the rest of Europe.

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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:23 pm 
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A wwoofer is someone who works on a farm, and gets their board and lodging instead of being paid. I'm planning on doing that for a month, and then maybe apple picking for the next month. If I can find enough work, I hope to be abroad for several years (but it is a bitch to find work just now).

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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:51 pm 
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doubt you'll get farm or fruit picking work over the winter man, but there's allways loads of jobs going at the ski resorts. see if craig will write u a reference and u could try get some kp work or something, would be quality banter!


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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:14 pm 
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It's not over the winter. After a month on the first farm (from the 15th of August I think), will be into September/October, which is the grape and apple harvest in France.

And there is a farm I can stay on to do carpentry, from October, for as long as I want. Was thinking of going to the Alps in January to look for work.

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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:38 pm 
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Ok, flight's booked for the 15th of August. Flying from Edinburgh to Toulouse (2.5 hours), then 2 hours on a train to Lourdes, then an hour on a bus to Luz St Sauveur, where I will be picked up. The farm is called Ferme de Cascades (http://www.fermedescascades.fr), which is in the Parc National de Pyrenees.

The second farm is called Sainte Camelle, which is in (or just outside) the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées.

Should be damn nice scenery if nothing else.

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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
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One week to go!! Can't fuckin' wait.

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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:32 am 
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Well, first day in France, loaded stuff on a helicopter, next day, lost almost all the goats in the mountains. Slowly learning French, people are nice, food is good and the Pyrenees are very beautiful. Oh, and the weather is literally perfect. Was out herding the sheep by myself yesterday, Fig the dog was mostly well behaved, it's all good fun though.

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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
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Rab wrote:
Well, first day in France, loaded stuff on a helicopter, next day, lost almost all the goats in the mountains. Slowly learning French, people are nice, food is good and the Pyrenees are very beautiful. Oh, and the weather is literally perfect. Was out herding the sheep by myself yesterday, Fig the dog was mostly well behaved, it's all good fun though.


Sounds good man. Helicopter farming? You quite literally can't go wrong with that.... Well, no not literally, the helicopter could crash or be taken down with a SAM missile, that would be going wrong. Still, you know more or less what I mean.

I don't think bad food even exists in France :D
They just don't believe in it.

I would hate losing goats in the mountain, good story to tell but chasing goats through the mountains would stress me out to fuck :D

Where do you get internet access?
You got it at the farm or is there some kind of internet cafe somewhere that you're using?

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 Post subject: Re: Rab's Travels
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:30 pm 
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Losing animals in the mountains is a daily stress for us. The sheep are way more stupid than the goats, and there are no fences (or just broken ones). Building a breeze block wall by myself today, and I'm on the farm computer (French keyboards are fucking irritating though).

Can sort of speak French now, but still can't understand at least half of what people say.

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