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Getting the goods

Posted by Squiffy on November 20th, 2007

SQ’s new bike from the car boot saleThe 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 ever seen at any English car boot, and that’s saying something. There were scrap bits from cars, very very old clothes and heaps of tangled cables.

However, amidst all the junk was a mini treasure: A fold away bike in half decent condition. Dave was not taken with it for himself, so I had a test ride around the car park and liked it. It only has 3 gears but I never use more than that anyway. Doing the deal in Spanish was difficult and even though I walked away once, the old man selling it stuck to his guns for the amount he wanted. After a second ‘walk-away’ I managed to knock him down by 4 euros, but he was definitely a better bargainer than I. Anyway, I’m happy with my 10% discount, 36 euros beats Decathlon any day! Dave is still hunting…….

Things are coming together quite nicely and we’re really excited about building a life here, even if it is only for a few months. Today we managed to navigate the ins and outs of mobile providers and now have a Spanish Orange sim. We also rented a mailbox (post here doesn’t work like it does in the UK). We plan to spend the next week discovering the local area and looking for some casual employment. Should be fun…….

PS weather is lovely.

Comments

Comment from Naomi
Time: November 20, 2007, 4:56 pm

Love your new wheels!
We’ll make an environmentalist of you yet ; )

Comment from little (bigger) sis
Time: November 26, 2007, 10:47 pm

Did you seriously buy that bike? I hope you’re not expecting to go very far on it… the wheels are tiny squiffs and it certainly doesn’t look very comfortable! (I think he saw you coming)

Comment from claire
Time: November 30, 2007, 5:59 pm

Cheeky! It’s fine for pottering around. I’m not doing the Tour de France! Is pretty comfy actually, you can give it a go yourself when you come out.

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