Three days ago I arrived at my new Wwoofing farm in Sella, Spain, about 40 kilometers from the coastal town of Benidorm. Believe it or not there are actually fewer people (pop. 600) in this village than in Tobarra. On the plus side, the farm nestles in the Casta Blanca mountains. Its lush rolling hill views and fresh water springs trump the wheat fields and tumbleweed of my last Wwoofer spot.
The other bonus is that there is no shit to shovel. The couple that owns the house is comprised of a stunning Spanish woman (Via) and a distractingly rugged, handsome South African man (Johnny). They moved here to start an action adventure camp. Every week adventurers of all ages come to enjoy a vacation filled with outdoor sports, from rocking climbing to kayaking to hiking. Our job is to make sure that they eat well, their dishes are clean and that they have fun.
Our days are full of healthy behavior that my body finds confusing and painful after a three month reprieve from genuine exercise. We eat fruits, veggies and mayo-less sandwiches at every meal. From 10am to 5pm we work our bodies hard. Yesterday we climbed rocks for five hours; today my arms and legs were so sore I almost needed a crutch to get to the kitchen. To give my body a break, we did a 20K rigorous bike ride straight up the nearest hillside. To cool off in the afternoon, we take a dip in the natural swimming pool in the backyard.
At night Johnny cooks us all a five-course meal. When you have 12 guests, four Wwoofers, two “bosses” and their two children, this is a hefty task. The Wwoofers spend at least an hour cutting vegetables, smashing garlic and doing anything else we need to land a gourmet dinner on the table. After we clean the kitchen, I collapse into bed. I’ve only been here a few days and I already feel my health returning.
I have big plans for myself during my stay here. We will go rock climbing at least three times a week: I’ll be Spiderwoman by the end of my stay. I’m also learning kitchen secrets from Johnny. I’ll master Spanish cooking before I leave this country if it kills me!