After 5 nights of practice, the trip began for real today. We were up early at Little Satmar Campsite (population: 3), where thankfully the hard surface on the pitch meant we didn't get stuck in the mud like we did two days ago.
Ali was at the wheel for the short drive onto the channel tunnel train. The sun was shining when we got to the other side, and after a couple of fallings out with the satnav we were quickly out of France and into Belgium.
The site just outside Bruges is clearly popular in the summer but we're not the only people around. Our fellow campers seem to be a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly; we've met a family of fellow eurotrippers from Australia, but we're also sharing with a rather wild stag party.
The site has a large swimming lake and water slides, which are closed until the weather gets a good few degrees warmer. Not to be deterred, Dot and I decided it would be a missed opportunity if we didn't take a quick dip into the rather chilly pond...
Come back, it's time for your swimming lesson
What do you mean the flumes are closed until July?
Bruges is up tomorrow, Dot has finished her school work for the week so Friday is officially a 'school trip'. After five days of getting to grips with our new life, we're all looking forward to some sightseeing (and some beer).
The wide pitches made life easy when it came to parking.