Golden Coast

On our third year of Eurocamp holidays, we spend our first week on Spain’s Costa D’Orada.

Eliza turns anything solid into gym equipment, for chin-ups, swings, etc: the barrier around our decking, trees, cafe tables, arms of chairs and the beach serves as the location for her floor routine. Her cherished achievement is completing the monkey bars across one of the pools. None of the other kids on the whole park gets close.

Robin buzzes between activities. Exploring or drawing with Eliza; football and its many derivatives with Gabe; connect-4 with all-comers. With a friend called Katy, he and Eliza spend an afternoon collecting dead jellyfish and filling a trench in the sand with them.  He also has a new ability to occupy himself with an Astrosaurs book which he reads mumbling to himself after dinner and before breakfast.

Gabe’s holiday seems set to be a quest for objects of desire. A tour of Barcelona FC’s stadium ends in disappointment when the new shirt is out of his price range. Meals out are exercises in wringing from L & I concessions: another juice, dessert, another portion. Offers of other food show that both spirit and appetite are weak.

Gabe is at his sparkling best when competing. Toothy smile and happy banter when playing badminton outside the caravan. Chuckles and chat when playing football with Robin. Focus and fun practising goalkeeping on the beach.

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