VAN LIFE SPAIN | Road Trip to Madrid

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we’re Eamon and Bec and we’ve spent the last two months driving our van around Europe and if there’s one place we’ve been a little extra excited to visit it’s Spain maybe it’s because we’ll get to brush up on our Spanish or maybe it’s because this guy’s heard all about its world-class kiteboarding but our excitement has been met with equal parts nerves so I’m just like a whole big stress bag as we’ve heard a lot of stories of pickpocketers and van break-ins.

.. the van is here I thought maybe it could be towed. so dramatic today we head to the capital city to discover all of this for ourselves morning Bec good morning everybody welcome back to Van Life I’m feeling real real real good being back in the van we have been in Lisbon a little bit longer than expected and that’s because we had some issues with her exhaust it has been a long overdue project it’s actually something I was aware of back when we replaced the motor in Mexico so it feels really good we got a brand new exhaust tailpipe and the old girl is humming Trinity is ready for Morocco but we’re not going to Morocco just yet we just wanted to get her fully road ready we’re feeling very confident we are going to an M town and her name’s Madrid so you might have noticed a new coffee technique and we’re using the Aero- press what we do is we make like one really big strong shot and then split it and get to coffee though the aero press I like mine just with water and then also Melissa Moroney brought us a Chaiwala Chai pot we forgot it when we shipped it over nice to have it back yeah we’ve been missing it so much because Becca likes it with milk she likes to heat up her milk and we only have a big pot so I’m gonna heat up some milk for my buddy do we have milk? you know it’s little things like this having a coffee down by the water every day but I think add up to a larger sense of happiness and it’s an its little thing like that that everyone I think watching this could do is make yourself a coffee put it in a thermos or take wake up and walk down to the park and enjoy and I think there’s something special about making your coffee yourself you’ll find out exactly what you like what you don’t like this grass is soaking wet it kind of feels good on my feet and yeah I think it’s a great way to start the morning thanks for a little date, morning date at the beach every day is romance day with me Oh Eamon the chugger.

.. sugar oh my god okay huge brain freeze going on a long road trip check your tire pressure it’s very inefficient to have a low tire pressure doesn’t take long for the two of us to get hungry so we’re gonna stop at a random truck spot just off of the motorway and make some lunch how you feeling driver feeling great I’m not sure we got to eat though got peppers potatoes also got tofu mm-hmm scramble with on potato like yeah now I know that Eamon on this channel gets a lot of love for his cooking skills but I’d just like to give myself a shout-out because without my sous-chef-ery and all of the times I chop all the veggies and prep everything for him making yourself a chef giving myself a shout out! and I’m giving all the sous chefs out there a shout-out yeah you guys can’t even see my head you know what I mean are you a sous chef or a chef? we’re not necessarily going oil free 

but I would say we’re just a little bit more aware of how much oil we’re using so we tried to make this whole meal all sans oil we’ve been listening to so many podcasts lately about like health and wellness and whether it’s mental health or food and what you’re putting in your body and we’re just conscious aren’t we but we’re trying to be conscious so this one is topped with arugula the potatoes and then like a tofu scramble that almost looks like a chili it’s got some nice red kidney beans how is that awesome hmm and then we’re using a lot more spice so even on the potatoes just like salt pepper I like a little bit more flavor so I put like garlic rosemary thyme you put every spice on our beautiful and while food was cooking we can with the plan for the rest of the day 

will tell you after lunch first we just need to fill up with water, stock up on groceries and next up a two hour drive to this amazing camp spot another one of our park for night finds this guy was a little bit off the beaten path it was like 40 minutes down this bumpy and private we read that it was 4×4 excuse me bud appropriate poop with the view huh excuse me buddy that got dark really quickly and as you can see Eamon and I were in a silly mood so we didn’t get the work out we were looking for today but we did get some movement in which felt really good we’ve just come back into the van made some tea Eamon had some cereal and now I’m gonna try to convince him to watch my favorite show you’re not sure what Bec’s favorite show is my current favorite show is the block I’m so into this I also love this show all the time we lived in Australia and the only reason I can watch it today and from 

Spain or Canada or wherever else in the world we are is because of our Surfshark VPN okay so you’ve maybe heard us talking about surf shark before but if you’re not sure what that means or what that is it’s basically a VPN and it’s not just to be able to trick your computer into watching shows from different countries it’s a privacy and security software so anytime you’re on an open Wi-Fi network technically you’re at the risk of someone being able to log in your computer on the same network yeah it’s like sharing all of your information with strangers so this keeps everything safe whether you want to do online banking or you’re just sharing passwords or whatever you don’t want strangers to see that big thank you to surf shark for supporting our channel and yet again sponsoring today’s video because we’ve teamed up with them they are giving you guys an exclusive offer you get eighty three percent off of your surf shark VPN cost as well as one month for free so if you guys travel or you just want to catch up on the show that I’m in love with head to surf drug VPN it will be linked to me and the best part is guys it’s totally seamless so whether you have it on your phone or your computer you literally just join the network and it automatically does it it’s not like a need to like sign in or anything like that it’s the easiest software use safe surfing and should we get in good morning good afternoon good day wherever you are in the world we’re here like let’s get after it we have had quite the productive morning we had a great workout I made us a recovery smoothie and Aemon even had time to fit in a shower now we were gonna go and enjoy the beach and this beautiful camp spot but the more we look around the more garbage we see so we feel like it’s the least we can do to try to clean it up a little so we’ve got a garbage bag we’re gonna hit the beach full bag from me I got more in you we’re gonna put it on what we call our treasure ooh and bring it back into town and dispose of it challenge everyone but even if it’s just two or three pieces you on the way back from your beach store it in your pocket then dispose of it if we all did that well if we all didn’t do this make a big difference but in a lot of these countries is just poor education is young people that don’t give a crap that don’t think about it and unfortunately it takes people who know better to I guess it changed the world as much as we loved van life in the UK and we really truly 

did we’ve been loving than life in these warmer climates just because we can introduce fruits and fresh salads and all of those cravings have come back so I’m gonna do these dishes cut up this watermelon make a fruit salad with pomegranate and grapefruit and oh goodness how good is life so I think we’re gonna finish up this little snack packs whipped up because we’ve got a bit of a drive it’s still two hours into Madrid and we’ve got nothing planned but you know that’s the way we like it so hopefully we can get out of here this is the last time I can see you in a while Cashin yeah wasn’t so much a little bit of rain though that could have been yeah okay now just a 40 minute bumpy ride back to the main highway nothing like a bumpy ride whoo keep you on edge huh a little cardio yeah why my sir I can’t 40-minute bumpy ride also Amon stepped on these sunglasses yesterday and all day I kept wearing them thinking they didn’t look that boho and he kept being like oh babe you’re gonna keep wearing those I think yeah of course why not and then I caught a glimpse of myself wait baby have you told him about our new favorite snack apparently this is actually a very common snack in the Mediterranean they’re called the pinna beans you can buy them in a jar and then you need to like yeah do you see them and pop them in your mouth hey I love snacks like that where you have to like work for it be they literally wait don’t do that yet ruining my letting they literally taste like cheese ease they’re so flippin good I’m gonna make an epic recipe with these you’ve already had an entire darn one day we didn’t even know what they were no we saw them at the gross surely those look interesting now we can’t live without him help trying house lots of them no honestly your chewing is so gross though you can I’ll just go home and sit on sidewalk and rain is looking like it might hold off which would be amazing is it forecast yeah I called for rain all day today all day tomorrow we still got that garbage on the back of an should be rot here we are we’re gonna pay for parking and hopefully we don’t go broke doing though doing so doing that what would you do if we came back in our van natok that well I would say we saved a lot of money and a bunch of paint job that have to embrace it love a nice van bro 20 minute walk from the car and we have arrived to Plaza Mayor I just like to point out that Amon is plan this whole afternoon so I’m giddy with the excitement loving Ali stop this stop is like the city center it was once used for big public events like crowning in ceremonies they would have markets here where you could buy food and other goods and executions public executions as well as bullfight so it’s I mean those things aren’t happening today I don’t think but it’s got like a still very central feel to it definitely a central feel a little bit tour see a lot of shops selling different goods foods ice cream souvenirs stuff like that and then there’s actually like three stories of what we think our residential properties wrap around the entire place this city I have to say is beautiful its impressing isn’t it very impressive all right let’s explore I was really worried this thing was gonna fall I had it planted just on this year yeah

 I don’t know why it’s doing that now we’re starting to build up a little bit of an appetite and I looked up a vegan restaurant that does tap us enter L we might be early yeah it’s beautiful we have the extreme pleasure to being the only guests at them we have great service and we just said please order us whatever you think we’ll like we’re really open it’s all vegan so we have no worries got raw cheese board coming tacos some tartare should be interesting so these two are like blue cheese how do you say black coffee well how did you say food food in general comida yeah yeah yeah no no well the food was amazing thank you very much just go take care brother all right one Spanish lesson and meal later that was so great you know I was gonna say even I have this wrestle number blue or blue I don’t know whenever I leave a building always goes blue hold on there we typically have this role we don’t dine at a place unless there are other people dining there it’s sort of like a symbol of good boy I don’t even think about that we went in because we had read about it and we knew it was vegan and whatever and it was such a great experience because Francisco was so lovely he spent so much time with us helped this order helped us learn 

Spanish like it’s just such a fun experience to be really the only ones in the restaurant yeah so who knows maybe we got the rule all backwards I mean that’s what life’s all about just changing your mind on what you think your rule should be no I think that rule came into play come on judge five what are you doing I think the rule came really into play in Asia when there’s a lot of restaurant options and you look at them and you’re like I’m not sure how fresh that food is I don’t even think we used like TripAdvisor use anything back then you know we would just walk around exactamundo all righty okay I’m pretty stoked because the third part of the tour the Grand Tour that I’ve had is this awesome graffiti alley so we’ll check our graffiti Center or maybe just the building that they took over Angra feet I haven’t done a lot of research but it looks dope and I’ll meet you there what are you thanking me Code Red so this place is actually a designated cultural arts building it used to be a tobacco factory back in 2006 I believe and now it’s run by the Society of culture here in Madrid so it’s very very interesting space there’s art all over the place it reeks of pot and there’s just people and artists kind of taking photos and it’s pretty cool and and there’s some really talented artists so yeah it allows them to showcase their work in a legal setting I feel like you as a kid like your mom has this exact artwork not as good but hanging downstairs you can notice good not as good at lift no Ritter I yeah I was never good at drawing so if anybody’s ever in Madrid come down to the basement of this place and take a photo perfect it really matches the color here nice so it’s by the fire extinguisher right by the theatre room I would say that’s got to be one of the more interesting places on planet Earth just the fact that 2019 the government still supports that and there’s no like police or like security you just roll in and everyone’s chilling the vibes good too it’s not like there’s like a weird vibe so yeah come check it out this is the name of it I have a hard time saying signings first is the band so here I thought maybe it could be told so germ I think I know I know it’s surrounded but this is just what goes through my hikes I’m so freaked out by people who write to me things I saw a love letter on the front of the window quanto man maybe we should leave him a tip too hello beautiful alright so we’ve just driven to a park for a night spot not far from where we actually parked the van it’s pretty sweet spot and if you go further up here can almost see the entire city from this vantage point fans right there beautiful sunset another wonderful day babe killing it are you guys staying there tonight no are you sleeping here tonight no mañana si se puede pero tranquilo okay he’s a Casillas okay male Don Mir tranquilo see he’s innocent mucho el ruido Mucha Booya mucho esta bien para una noche tranquilo David you’re an absolute legend it’s so funny because we got back to the van and

 had a parking ticket but is only for a euro which didn’t really make sense to us thank you we just got a message from one of our community peeps and he was he spotted the van I guess while we were out and noticed that we were getting a parking ticket he stopped the parking cop and actually paid the ticket price for us so I guess that’s why I was only here ticket he put more money in the machine oh what a guy I’m like so overwhelmed by how amazing our community our community is it’s ridiculous and we’ve met so many of you across Portugal and Spain and England and Ireland and were like so internationally so coolest thing so we love you guys thank jeez that is putting us to bed in such a good mood God and we’re watching another Ford this data dude got even watching another episode ok bye we’re aiming in back and we’ve spent the last two months driving our van around Europe and if there’s one place we’ve been a little extra excited to visit bit Spain maybe it’s because we’ll get to brush up on it’s because this guy’s heard all about its world-class kite boarding but our excitement has been met with equal parts nerves so I’m just like a whole big stress bag as we’ve heard a lot of stories of pickpocketers and man breaking earth is the van so here I thought maybe it could be sorry so dramatic today we head to the capital city to discover all of this for ourselves  morning but good morning everybody welcome back to Van Nuys I’m feeling real real real good being back in the van we have been in Lisbon a little bit longer than expected and that’s because we had some issues with her exhaust it has been a long overdue project it’s actually something I was aware of back we replaced the motor in 

Mexico so it feels really good we got a brand new exhaust tailpipe and the old girl is humming Ernie is ready for Morocco but we’re not going to Morocco yeah we just wanted to get her fully road ready we’re feeling very confident we are going to an M town and her name’s Madrid  so you might have noticed a new coffee technique and we’re using the arrow pressing what we do is we make like one really big strong shot and then split it and get to coffee though the arrow press I like mine just with water and then also Melissa Maroney brought us a chai wallah for pot we forgot it when we shipped it over nice to have it back yeah we’ve been missing it so much because Becca likes it with milk she likes the heat up her milk and we only have a big pot so I’m gonna heat up some milk for my buddy we have milk you know it’s little things like this having a coffee down by the water every day but I think add up to a larger sense of happiness and it’s an its little thing like that that everyone I think watching this could do is make yourself a coffee put it in a thermos or take wake up and walk down to the park and enjoy and I think there’s something special about making your coffee yourself you’ll find out exactly what you like what you don’t like this grass is soaking wet it kind of feels good on my feet and yeah I think it’s a great way to start the morning [Music] thanks for a little date morning data beach every day so romance stay with me 

Oh Amon the sugar oh my god okay huge brain freeze going on a long road trip check your tire pressure it’s very inefficient to have a low tire pressure doesn’t take long for the two of us to get hungry so we’re gonna stop at a random truck spot just off of the motorway and make some lunch how you feeling driver feeling great I’m not sure we got to eat though got peppers potatoes also got tofu mm-hmm scramble with on potato like yeah now I know that aimin on this channel gets a lot of love for his cooking skills but I just like to give myself a shout-out because without my sous-chef er II and all of the times I top all the veggies and prep everything for him making yourself a chef giving myself a Shannon and I’m giving all the sous chefs out there a shout-out yeah you guys can’t even see my head you know what I mean are you a sous chef or a chef we’re not necessarily going all three but I would say we’re just a little bit more aware of how much oil we’re using so we tried to make this whole meal I’ll sands oil we’ve been listening to so many podcasts lately about like house and wellness and whether it’s mental health or food and what you’re putting in your body and we’re just conscious aren’t we but we’re trying to be conscious so this one is topped with arugula the potatoes and then like a tofu scramble that almost looks like a chili it’s got some nice red kidney beans how is that awesome hmm and then we’re using a lot more spice so even on the potatoes just like salt pepper I like a little bit more flavor so I put like garlic rosemary thyme you put every spice on our beautiful and while food was cooking we can with the plan for the rest of the day will tie after lunch first we just need to fill up with water and next up a two hour drive to this amazing camp spot another one of our park for night finds this guy was a little bit off the beaten path it was like 40 minutes down this bumpy and private we read that it was 4×4 [Music] excuse me bud appropriate poop with the view huh excuse me buddy that got dark really quickly and as you can see Amy and I were in a silly mood so we didn’t get the work out we were looking for today but we did get some movement in which felt really good we’ve just come back into the van made some tea a mandate some cereal and now I’m gonna try to convince him to watch my favorite show you’re not sure what Beck’s favorite show is my current favorite show is the block I’m so into this I also love this show all the time we lived in Australia and the only reason I can watch it today and from Spain or Canada or wherever else in the world we are is because of our surf geography p.

m. okay so you’ve maybe heard us talking about surf shark before but if you’re not sure what that means or what that is it’s basically a VPN and it’s not just to be able to trick your computer into watching shows from different countries it’s a privacy and security software so anytime you’re on an open Wi-Fi network technically you’re at the risk of someone being able to log in your computer on the same network yeah it’s like sharing all of your information with strangers so this keeps everything safe whether you want to do online banking or you’re just sharing passwords or whatever you don’t want strangers to see that big thank you to surf shark for supporting our channel and yet again sponsoring today’s video because we’ve teamed up with them they are giving you guys an exclusive offer you get eighty three percent off of your surf shark VPN cost as well as one month for free so if you guys travel or you just want to catch up on the show that I’m in love with head to surf drug VPN it will be linked to me and the best part is guys it’s totally seamless so whether you have it on your phone or your computer you literally just join the network and it automatically does it it’s not like a need to like sign in or anything like that it’s the easiest software use safe surfing and should we get in [Music] [Music] good morning good afternoon good day wherever you are in the world we’re here like let’s get after it we have had quite the productive morning we had a great workout I made us a recovery smoothie and Aemon even had time to fit in a shower now we were gonna go and enjoy the beach and 

this beautiful camp spot but the more we look around the more garbage we see so we feel like it’s the least we can do to try to clean it up a little so we’ve got a garbage bag we’re gonna hit the beach [Music] full bag from me I got more in you we’re gonna put it on what we call our treasure ooh and bring it back into town and dispose of it challenge everyone but even if it’s just two or three pieces you on the way back from your beach store it in your pocket then dispose of it if we all did that well if we all didn’t do this make a big difference but in a lot of these countries is just poor education is young people that don’t give a crap that don’t think about it and unfortunately it takes people who know better to I guess it changed the world as much as we loved van life in the UK and we really truly did we’ve been loving than life in these warmer climates just because we can introduce fruits and fresh salads and all of those cravings have come back so I’m gonna do these dishes cut up this watermelon make a fruit salad with pomegranate and grapefruit and oh goodness how good is life so I think we’re gonna finish up this little snack packs whipped up because we’ve got a bit of a drive it’s still two hours into Madrid and we’ve got nothing planned but you know that’s the way we like it so hopefully we can get out of here [Music] this is the last time I can see you in a while [Music] Cashin yeah wasn’t so much a little bit of rain though that could have been yeah okay now just a 40 minute bumpy ride back to the main highway nothing like a bumpy ride whoo keep you on edge huh a little cardio yeah why my sir I can’t 40-minute bumpy ride also Amon stepped on these sunglasses yesterday and all day I kept wearing them thinking they didn’t look that boho and he kept being like oh babe you’re gonna keep wearing those I think yeah of course why not and then I caught a glimpse of myself [Music] wait baby have you told him about our new favorite snack apparently this is actually a very common snack in the Mediterranean they’re called the pinna beans you can buy them in a jar and then you need to like yeah do you see them and pop them in your mouth hey I love snacks like that where you have to like work for it be they literally wait don’t do that yet ruining my letting they literally taste like cheese ease they’re so flippin good I’m gonna make an epic recipe with these you’ve already had an entire darn one day we didn’t even know what they were no we saw them at the gross surely those look interesting now we can’t live without him help trying house lots of them no honestly your chewing is so gross though you can I’ll just go home and sit on sidewalk and rain is looking like it might hold off which would be amazing is it forecast yeah I called for rain all day today all day tomorrow we still got that garbage on the back of an should be rot here we are we’re gonna pay for parking and hopefully we don’t go broke doing though doing so doing that what would you do if we came back in our van natok that well I would say we saved a lot of money and a bunch of paint job that have to embrace it love a nice van bro [Music] [Applause] [Music] 20 minute walk from the car and we have arrived to Plaza Mayor I just like to point out that Amon is plan this whole afternoon so I’m giddy with the excitement loving Ali stop this stop is like the city center it was once used for big public events like crowning in ceremonies they would have markets here where you could buy food and other goods and executions public executions as well as bullfight so it’s I mean those things aren’t happening today I don’t think but it’s got like a still very central feel to it definitely a central feel a little bit tour see a lot of shops selling different goods foods ice cream souvenirs stuff like that and then there’s actually like three stories of what we think our residential properties wrap around the entire place this city I have to say is beautiful its impressing isn’t it very impressive all right let’s explore I was really worried this thing was gonna fall I had it planted just on this year [Music] yeah I don’t know why it’s doing that now we’re starting to build up a little bit of an appetite and I looked up a vegan restaurant that does tap us enter L we might be early yeah it’s beautiful we have the extreme pleasure to being the only guests at them we have great service and we just said please order us whatever you think we’ll like we’re really open it’s all vegan so we have no worries got raw cheese board coming tacos some tartare should be interesting so these two are like blue cheese how do you say black coffee well how did 

you say food food in general comida yeah yeah yeah no no well the food was amazing thank you very much just go take care brother all right one Spanish lesson and meal later that was so great you know I was gonna say even I have this wrestle number blue or blue I don’t know whenever I leave a building always goes blue hold on there we typically have this role we don’t dine at a place unless there are other people dining there it’s sort of like a symbol of good boy I don’t even think about that we went in because we had read about it and we knew it was vegan and whatever and it was such a great experience because Francisco was so lovely he spent so much time with us helped this order helped us learn Spanish like it’s just such a fun experience to be really the only ones in the restaurant yeah so who knows maybe we got the rule all backwards I mean that’s what life’s all about just changing your mind on what you think your rule should be no I think that rule came into play come on judge five what are you doing I think the rule came really into play in Asia when there’s a lot of restaurant options and you look at them and you’re like I’m not sure how fresh that food is I don’t even think we used like TripAdvisor use anything back then you know we would just walk around exactamundo all righty okay I’m pretty stoked because the third part of the tour the Grand Tour that I’ve had is this awesome graffiti alley so we’ll check our graffiti Center or maybe just the building that they took over Angra feet I haven’t done a lot of research but it looks dope and I’ll meet you there what are you thanking me Code Red [Music] so this place is actually a designated cultural arts building it used to be a tobacco factory back in 2006 I believe and now it’s run by the Society of culture here in Madrid so it’s very very interesting space there’s art all over the place it reeks of pot and there’s just people and artists kind of taking photos and it’s pretty cool and and there’s some really talented artists so yeah it allows them to showcase their work in a legal setting I feel like you as a kid like your mom has this exact artwork not as good but hanging downstairs you can notice good not as good at lift no Ritter I 

yeah I was never good at drawing so if anybody’s ever in Madrid come down to the basement of this place and take a photo perfect it really matches the color here nice so it’s by the fire extinguisher right by the theatre room I would say that’s got to be one of the more interesting places on planet Earth just the fact that 2019 the government still supports that and there’s no like police or like security you just roll in and everyone’s chilling the vibes good too it’s not like there’s like a weird vibe so yeah come check it out this is the name of it I have a hard time saying signings first is the band so here I thought maybe it could be told so germ

 I think I know I know it’s surrounded but this is just what goes through my hikes I’m so freaked out by people who write to me things I saw a love letter on the front of the window quanto man maybe we should leave him a tip too hello beautiful alright so we’ve just driven to a park for a night spot not far from where we actually parked the van it’s pretty sweet spot and if you go further up here can almost see the entire city from this vantage point fans right there beautiful sunset another wonderful day babe killing it are you guys staying there tonight no are you sleeping here tonight no mañana si se puede pero tranquilo okay he’s a Casillas okay male Don Mir tranquilo see he’s innocent mucho el ruido Mucha Booya mucho esta bien para una noche tranquilo David you’re an absolute legend it’s so funny because we got back to the van and had a parking ticket but is only for a euro which didn’t really make sense to us thank you we just got a message from one of our community peeps and he was he spotted the van I guess while we were out and noticed that we were getting a parking ticket he stopped the parking cop and actually paid the ticket price for us so I guess that’s why I was only here ticket he put more money in the machine oh what a guy I’m like so overwhelmed by how amazing our community our community is it’s ridiculous and we’ve met so many of you across Portugal and Spain and England and Ireland and were like so internationally so coolest thing so we love you guys thank jeez that is putting us to bed in such a good mood God and we’re watching another Ford this data dude got even watching another episode ok bye

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