To build a dry-toilet in Spain

Inside the toilet door we put an instruction of how to use the dry toilet. Follow link to see PDF.

Eco toilet at Rayo del Sol, built by Vivi and Nils 2
An old window was installed diagonally in order to fit in. It’s nice to have a view out from the toilet.

This blogpost shows photos of how the dry toilet in Spain was built by Vivi and Nils with help from other volunteers.

This is how the toliet looks like from the outside. We used the cheapest MDF board on sale
This is how the toliet looks like from the outside. We used the cheapest MDF board on sale

To see all photos: Continue reading To build a dry-toilet in Spain

To build an eco bathroom in Spain

This is an eco bath with sun heated water in two outdoor showers.
This is an eco bath with sun heated water in two outdoor showers. Nils and Vivi build the inner wall and the stone wall.

Photos of how the eco bathroom took shape. Step by step.

This is how the space looked before. An empty space next to the garage. A suitable spot, since it was flat, already had two walls, and there was a water tap with cold water nearby.

This is the plan we made for the eco showers. Foto: Maria Santolaria
This is the plan we made for the eco showers. Foto: Maria Santolaria

It was a challenge to build something since we did not have a car. Fortunately a woman from the village could provide us with contacts to get the building materials To see all photos: Continue reading To build an eco bathroom in Spain

To be here and now

Listening to music from a sheep herd, beeing here and now. This is one of the experiences my 3-year old girl can have during these weeks in the mountains of Valencia.

Sheep herd wandering around. Harmonic music from their bells.
Sheep herd wandering around. Harmonic music from their bells.

Away from city life, cars, Wi-fi. Even the tablet and the smartphone are hidden in a cupboard to rest. In the evening we usually bring it out to watch a movie.

Can you hear?
Can you hear?

The Aleppo natural soap

To grow her small incomes, our hostess Pilar makes her own natural soap for sale. The Aleppo soap is 100% natural and is made from olive oil and the laurel tree that grows in her garden. The Aleppo soap can also be used as schampoo, shaving foam and shower gel.

The Aleppo soap and other home made items are on sale on this website.
The Aleppo soap and other home made items are on sale on this Facebook site.

She has also realised that her home suits perfectly for tourists who wants some peace and quiet on the countryside. She opens her home for Bed and Breakfast service through the web page Airb’n’b.

Absolutely nothing is wasted at Pilar's house. The milk containers are re-used for soap production.
Absolutely nothing is wasted at Pilar’s house. The milk containers are re-used for soap production.

A typical day as a workawayer

The sun rises and the light wakes us up. We have a typical Spanish breakfast, café with tostados, and get dressed for the day.

After 10 am we get working and work until 2 pm, with a break for almuerzo, the word for a snack. Usually we eat loads of oranges, freshly picked from the tree.

Nils at work with the fencing and Vivi takes care of Stig Love who's been taking a nap.
Nils at work with the fencing and Vivi takes care of Stig Love who’s been taking a nap.

Lunch and siesta time is between 3 and 4 pm. Before sunset we have time to work some more.

Sun has set and around 7 pm it’s time for shower. Around 8.30 we have dinner and the day ends with a movie on our travel laptop.

Time to calm down and watch a film. Bambi is a favourite.
Time to calm down and watch a film. Bambi is a favourite.

Our host provides us with food and accomodation. Some days she takes us by car to the mountains for a hike.

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Hittekatten i öppna spisen

Vi har fått en ny vän. Han kallar sig själv “mio” när vi frågar honom och han har ingen mamma. I Spanien är det tyvärr väldigt vanligt med hittehundar och katter som lämnats åt sina öden.

Jag försöker förklara för min treåring hur världen fungerar, att kattungens mamma inte är död, men säkert var så fattig att hon inte kunde ta hand om sin bebis.Casa de pilar (4)

Häromdagen lärde sig “mio” att äta ur en skål. Detta är ett tecken på överlevnad. Likaså söker sig till katten till värmen. Lite mindre härligt att värmen han söker är i en öppen spis.Januari 2015 (20)Vad mer behöver vi? Kärlek och uppmärksamhet. Bekräftelse. Detta får vi dela med oss av till katten så blir det nog folk av honom också.

Livet i en kappsäck

Dagen för avfärd var solig. Isen ligger blank på sjön. Nils, Vivi och barnen som är 3 år och 1,5 år känner sig pepp! januari 2015 (6)

Vi vet inte om vi ska återse huset inom två månader, eller ett halvår. Livet som Workaway ska just börja.

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Allt vi tror oss behöva får plats i tre väskor och en barnvagn.

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I somras övade vi på att packa de viktigaste ägodelarna när vi var utrymda pga den stora skogsbranden. Därför kändes det betydligt lättare att packa denna gång, utan hot om att huset ska brinna ner och det vi lämnar bakom oss riskerar att försvinna.

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Som i berättelserna om Pettson och Findus vandrar hönsen runt fötterna och letar mask. På vår första anhalt via webbsidan Workaway bor vi hos fattigepensionären Pilar, som lever ett rikt liv “offgrid”. Elen kommer från solpaneler på taket. Vattnet kommer från brunnen. Maten kommer från odlingarna och frukträden som ger avokado, apelsin, citron, hassel, nektrain, persika, mm. mm. Här ska vi få lära oss ett och annat.

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Vi börjar med att rensa odlingslandet, samt bygga ett bättre staket. Istället för att låsa in djuren, hägnar Pilar in sina odlingar så att höns, katter och hundar inte kommer åt hennes mat.