Why driving through Europe by car is(n’t) worth it

After spending last November in Sevilla I knew that I wouldn’t want to spend it this year in Berlin. Especially since I was taking care of my mom’s dog and actually had to leave the house once in a while. So I took Lilli and my mom’s car and drove all the way down to Marbella which is a four to five days trip if you don’t wanna drive more than seven to nine hours each day.

And here is what I’ve found out:

1. It’s not really worth driving to spain.
You pay toll fees, you pay for patrol and at the end it sums up to 500 EUR. One way and accommodation not even included. So a little bit more than 1000 EUR in total. For that money I can actually fly to Australia and back and would still have some money left.

2. French people have to start their protests the day I wanna pass through
On my way to Marbella I spend an awful amount of time in the car. Thanks to the french people who started their protests the day I wanted to drive through. 365 days a year and they pick the one I am using the highway. So instead of arriving at 7/8 pm in Barcelona we arrived at 1am the next morning. Which was still fine for me but I felt so sorry for Lilli that I let her sleep on my comfy bed instead of on the hard floor.

3. Driving 110km/h on an empty highway is more dangerous than driving 180 km/h on a busy one.
Usually, if no one is protesting, the highways in france are quiet empty. But unlike in Germany you are still not allowed to drive as fast as you want (and the conditions allow). Instead you have to drive 110km/h which I find more dangerous than driving 180 km/h on a busy road. Cause if you are the only one on the highway your mind just wanders of. You look around, your eyes get heavy and you actually think about setting up you laptop and putting on a tv show (no worries I didn’t do that at the end ;)).

4. The same road sign doesn’t mean the same in all countries
In Germany we have a road sign (round with three strips) indicating that we are allowed to drive as fast as we want (and the conditions allow). Unfortunately the same road sign means something different in Switzerland. Cause there it means that everything that was said before isn’t relevant anymore and that you are allowed to drive 120 km/h again. So instead of just putting up a sign saying 120 I got a speeding ticket and found out that germany is the only country with no speed limits.

5. My mom’s navigation system doesn’t like tunnels
I dunno what my mom’s gps has against tunnels but by default it doesn’t want to drive through them. Which would make sense if you are a big truck and might struggle with your altitude but my mom’s car isn’t a truck and the gps should know that since it’s an integrated one. And even if you say that you wouldn’t mind driving through tunnels the moment you set a new destination the gps is avoiding them again. So in case you forget it is sending you over mountains with really curvy roads and speed bums. Which is really great for people travelling with precious cargo on board.

6. Marbella is surrounded by roads
Maybe I was on the wrong side of Marbella but where I was you basically just had the highway on the one end and the beach on the other. With one road connecting both ends. So if you didn’t want to walk your dog on the highway you basically just had the beach to go to. Which was fine for some days but after going it up and down every day it still looks the same. So at the end I didn’t really understand why the rich and famous enjoy Marbella so much.

7. It was still worth escaping the german cold
Even if it’s not worth to drive to spain it was still worth escaping the german cold and spending some time at the beach. I actually “used” the isolation to do some kind of a detox cleansing by just eating fruits and vegetables for 10 days. And Lilli really enjoyed our walks at the beach and at the end thought that she would own it by barking at every dog (cute but also annoying).

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