During these trying times for everyone we would just like to confirm that we are still here and hoping to work again!
Most of our spring and summer walking trips didn't happen of course (apart from a couple of intrepid families from Holland and Belgium in early July) but most have opted to change their dates for 2021. We are also hoping that our skiers this winter will be able to travel to us without having to self-isolate afterwards. We've just had the first snowfall of the autumn, about a month earlier than usual.
For the first time we've started advertising our guiding services in Spanish. We think walking in the Picos while chatting in English should be very interesting especially for corporate employees and families with children learning English in school. We're working on translating some of our pages into Spanish.
Luckily we live in probably one of the safest areas in Europe, isolated here in the mountains. There have been a handful of covid cases in Liébana through the summer, most likely through people arriving from Madrid and Barcelona. Everyone has got used to wearing masks when going out. All shops provide sanitising hand gel and bars and restaurants have their seating separated by 2 metres. Late bars in Potes now close at 1 a.m. and all accommodation providers are cleaning and disinfecting thoroughly between guests. Fuente De cable car has been running with a lower max. capacity and tickets are reserved and paid for online.
Santander airport, our nearest, is very small so we hope it'll be a prime candidate for any travel corridors/air bridges. Ryanair fly from Stansted, Dublin and Edinburgh.
So, we are ready to receive provisional bookings for skiing, snowshoeing and walking holidays though will not be taking our usual deposits. Full payments can be made 2 weeks before the start of any reserved dates, when travel can be confirmed. For now our cancellation policy is waived.
And some family news for those that know us. Isaac returned from Verbier in April (by bus to Barcelona) with his Basi level 2. He's hoping to go back there to work and head towards level 3. Olivia has just started her final degree year in film production and directing at Staffs Uni, Stoke on Trent. Grandma passed away peacefully at home in July, unaware of any global pandemic. And the dogs have had more walks than ever!
Stay safe and healthy.
Here's a photo of Mike and Sue taken in Aliva on the 3rd of Oct. 2020.