It's been a while since I wanted to write this on AdvRider, some of you may remember having read this in the german lc8.info travel report section. I'm an IT freelancer ... hard, intense work, often troubleshooting where others messed up. The Upside: I get to see a lot of different companies and projects, work is rarely boring. And I can decide on my own how much holidays I want.The downside: Always the first to be layed off, as it's hard to fire long term employees in germany. For taking this risk I get payed well ... so I'm alternating between good income and no income at all. Sometimes it appears to be random, upper management decisions not related to performance: Just kick out everyone that costs a ton. Also, often I'm the buffer to call in or send packing when my clients wait for contracts to come in. So, back in 2007, I was fired from a one year contract with two weeks notice ahead, but being told that there is a chance to come back within two months. What to do? Cringe? Look for a new job? I decided to make the best of it and go on a five weeks holiday: Three weeks of studying spanish at the best place possible, at the University of Salamanca, Spain. A week before and after riding my new KTM 990 Adventure through the Pyrennees and Portugal and whatever lies in between. Then see if the customer wants me back. Preview: Me, learning spanish: I've had a break of 8 years riding motorbikes ... back then no bike existed like I wanted it: Nimble, powerful, no need to stop when tarmac runs out, travel worthy. I've had a BMW R80 and a Triumph Tiger back in the 80ies and 90ies ... and quit, being bored by both of them. I thought biking was over for me, I'd seen it all. Tried horse riding and other exiting activities. When 8 years later, almost against my intention, I tried the KTM, I found my Orange Crush - this bike performed as if KTM had taken my dreams as a blue print. Little did I know back then ... I considered myself an experienced rider and onroad I probably was: Nevertheless it taught me driving like I've never done it before in 18 years of motorcycle career. I hit the car train from Germany to Narbonne in southern France. It's an easy way to cover the first 1000+km, an overnight ride with acceptable comfort and usually nice travelling comanions. You surely know such pics, so I won't bore you with those. One of my train traveling companions took me to the first highlight of this journey: The market hall in Narbonne looks like most mediterranean market halls: Food vendors of all kinds all over the place. Little industrial food, mostly good quality. One feature though differs: There are bars in the market hall with kitchens right in front of the bar keeper. You browse through the shops, buy stuff you like to eat and hand them over to the bar keeper: Do something with this stuff. Delicious, I say! Stuffed and happy I said farewell and started towards the Pyrennees.