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Some loose thoughts in Spain....

Guardia Civil
I have seen lots of them - but all of them sitting in a road cafe having a morning coffee and something to eat.
With the exception of one team - they stopped me at a road block outside Salamance at 08.00 for an alcohol test.
Actually they waived me on after a quick "ola", probably too difficult to upset their day.
They probaby had a coffee appointment a bit later.....

It is big
Spain is actually quite big when you drive. Normally other Europeans take a cheap flight and stay around the beaches. Exploring inland shows great diversity. It is too big to try to do even more than what I did this trip. But there is still so much more in the South (done this many years ago and also great - Sevilla/Granada etc). Barcelona area.
Think I will follow up on hibernating some time next winter, provided there is some culture/town around to explore. In any case, many Flemish/Antwerp people do the same (such as Paul/Ingrid) so it should not be too difficult to have company...

Food and drinks are still cheap
I remember from my Las Palmas days in the 90' ies that you had to stop the waiter pouring oversized drinks. They come with the bottle to your table and you have to stop them. Still happens now in quite a few places. Wine is dead cheap. Combined with 2-3 tapa's you really can travel on a budget.
You have to build up though to have Jamon, and Jamon, and Jamon.
Last year and before the trip, I was thinking to buy a full size leg of Jamon for X-mas time. With the overdose here - did let that idea go...

Where does the fencing come from....
Driving along all these motorways, the sides are always fenced off. Against people/goats?
The same existed in Dubai - but higher - for the camels. Heras fencing made a fortune there.
Do not know what Spanish company has the contract but for sure the guy is living in the biggest villa in Marbella!


Beggars are present, feeling it is quite organised.

Language can still be a struggle when off the tourist beaches. It did make me uncomfortable as always when in an area where I do not speak the lingo fluently.


Posted by moustache17 13:28 Archived in Spain

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