I booked a 10 day package tour to the coast of Spain because I wanted to swim. I was a keen swimmer and had been so for most of my life, but I only ever swam in the ocean. I didn’t like pools: all that chlorine.

After long winter months of living in a small apartment in a big city in Northern Europe, I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

So with the first signs of spring, when a cheap, last-minute deal for a package tour to Spain came up, I grabbed it – or rather, clicked on it. And within seconds, became another consumer in a multi-billion dollar industry, something slick and organised. Simple: well, I thought it was. Except for the frogs. They changed everything…… 

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