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Archive for November, 2007

My first Spanish omelette

November 23rd, 2007

I’m having so much fun cooking on a full-size stove, that I thought a I’d have a go at making a Spanish omelette. My camper-van omelettes were fairly well received, so this is the natural progression. Alas, I got a little over-excited with being allowed to put onion into a dish (SQ doesn’t much like […]

I can never think of the right words

November 22nd, 2007

Last night, The Squifter and I played Scrabble. This is the first time that either us had played this game in many, many years. Working with computers may pay a a fair bit more than English teaching, but it doesn’t help one iota when playing a real-world board game. Imagine watching a chess-master playing two […]

Super shiny new bicycle for daveb

November 21st, 2007

Today I bought a bike. I bought a bike! I saw one in the car boot sale yesterday that was, perhaps, a touch too small for me. Rather than buy it on the spot, I wanted to sleep on it so told the seller that I’d be back the next day. The next day, the […]

Getting the goods

November 20th, 2007

The free English papers did have some useful information, including an advert showing the location of a large car boot sale held every Saturday morning. “Perfect”, we thought, “maybe that’s where we can get a used bike each”. So off we trundled. What greeted us was a pile of tat in worse condition than I’ve […]

Excited exploring

November 19th, 2007

This morning we woke up early with excitement and headed straight for the local tourist info office, armed with a long list of questions about the area. After grilling the poor staff for half an hour, we came out laden with maps, Spanish school leaflets and brochure after brochure on things to see and do. […]

Salt and vinegar crisps: Oh, how I’ve missed you!

November 17th, 2007

It’s taken three months and four countries to find salt and vinegar flavoured crisps. I’m over the moon! I’ve never found anywhere else to have the choice of flavours that Britain enjoys. Why is this?

Los Alcazares: So excited to be here

November 16th, 2007

We’ve arrived at our new home in Spain! My family’s luxury apartment in Los Alcazares on the Mar Menor, Costa Calida! Compared to Yoko, it is luxurious indeed: It’s got a two bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with two singles), two bathrooms (both a bathroom and a shower room), a kitchen with […]

Italians drink too much coffee

November 15th, 2007

(Here’s an entry that we forgot to post in Italy!) It’s impossible to get a ‘normal’ coffee in Italy. Ask for ‘coffee’ and you get espresso. Ask for ‘coffee with milk’ and you get an espresso with a dash of milk. Requesting a ‘latte’ gets you a glass of hot milk with no coffee. The […]

Guardamar: Home from home?

November 14th, 2007

We met Mark and Sal at the camp site in Barcelona (well, actually quite a way outside). They, like us, were pretty unhappy with the high price and poor facilities that faced us there. They mentioned that there was a great camp site along our route south that we should try out; so we did. […]

The long drive south

November 13th, 2007

After saying our goodbyes to Barcelona, which I have always said is my favourite European city, we began our long drive south towards the Mar Menor, where a luxury apartment in Los Alcazares is eagerly awaiting our arrival. We took the coast road to Valencia, as I’ve driven this stretch by motorway before and wanted […]