Thursday, January 21, 2016
On Saturday the rollers were 1.6 meters which made for a short but exciting swim. Fortunately, we have a 50-meter pool in our complex. This was a bit of a wake up call since all of our swimming is done in the sea. We both felt like sludge in the water but with each day we feel better.
We are exploring Gran Canaria with an eye to moving here. The warm 30-degree days are very enticing. Yesterday we visited San Augustine on the other side of the sand dunes. The beach was more volcanic but the water was calmer. This seems to be a Swedish enclave. Wherever we move we want a 50-meter pool. This may be a challenge. Although there are over thirty microclimates on the island the southern end is really a rocky desert and not terribly attractive.
Today was spent waiting for the DHL man to deliver our amazon books. It may have been a fruitless wait since it is nearly seven o'clock now. There is no easy access to this complex so this could be complicated. We need the books soon so we don't have to take them home with us. Who would have thought that holiday living could be so complicated?
Saturday, January 16, 2016
After a couple of stressful days shopping, which in Spain means going to several supermarkets to buy what you want we are all set up. We did visit a large market but it didn't have a lot of fruit and veg, instead lots of touristy things to buy. Then the trunk of our car wouldn't lock so it was back to the airport to swop cars.
Each morning we sit out on our front terrace and eat breakfast. Every day a local goes by with a trolley selling fresh bread and free-range eggs. Both are very good. I asked the lady next door where she got her hair styled as a I really liked the cut. A few minutes later she returned with her husband who turns out to Vidal Sassoon-trained. Even better, he will cut my hair. My last cut in Figueres is not working. I felt like a bit of a celebrity as I told him of meeting and chatting with Vidal when he opened his Toronto shop many years ago. "Wash and wear," my new Spanish friend said. This used to be a Vidal mantra. He will cut my hair in the next few days. I hope this works out or it could be an uncomfortable living next door to him.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
The weather has been amazing with very little wind for over a month. This meant that we have done lots of walks on La Ronda to the lighthouse and back. My favourite walks were around Cadaques walking towards Port Lligat passing lots of sandy and rocky coves. A couple of times we even saw some brave, lone swimmers. They must have come from northern climes since the water is 15 or 16 degrees. Brrrr.
New Year's was quiet. Strangely the church bells didn't ring at midnight. The priest must have been asleep. In Spain you eat a grape at each gong of the bell for good luck. This involves peeling and deseeding the grapes before midnight so that you can swallow them quickly. We made our own gonging sound and ate the grapes at the same time. The next day we saw a family had gone in the water for their version of a Polar Bear swim. Having done that in White Rock in brutally cold water we didn't feel compelled to try it here.
Sadly, Los Reyes was rainy and windy so the Three Kings arrived in town on a float pulled by a Guardia police van rather than the traditional fishing boats. Even in the bad weather there was a magnificent fireworks display before all the village children went to the ballroom for the presents that the Kings handed out.
The rain on that day caused further damage in our spare bedroom, more blistering in the ceiling and walls, cracks and mould. This has been going on for over a year now. We report it to the agency, who tell the owner. Photos are sent. We have showed the owner but all to no avail. The owner is fighting with the builder who won't repair the leaking terrace gratis. He blames the architect. Both our house and the owner's next door are the same, both leaking. As the story goes it is too costly to repair. The owners are lovely people but it doesn't say much about their commitment to us as renters. Since we know we will be moving soon we have given up caring about it. Tomorrow we are off on our travels again so we have asked the agency people to check that the ceiling doesn't cave in when it rains as it will in the next month or so. We have removed our mattress and pictures from the room. Who knows maybe it will be repaired by the time we return. Ha ha.
Our packing is done and everything is tied down. Today we had such strong southerly winds that the bbq went rolling off, the laundry took flight and the outdoor furniture went whizzing across the terrace. We know the weather is about to turn a little cooler here but with our bathing suits packed it doesn't matter.