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3 February 2016

Week 05: cycling and wine

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A quiet week of work and cycling, punctuated by a wine tasting Thursday evening.

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An image from the office, all about light:
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Another picture that is about light, this time in my neighbourhood during a morning dog walk:
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On Sunday I decided to cycle up to the Carrasqueta mountain pass for the second time this month:
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The views are part of the reward for the effort:
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The curvy road is very popular among motorcyclists, many of whom go very fast:
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Sometimes it goes wrong:
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At the top, I took a brief break. There were a couple of guys on a motorcycle, also taking a break and taking pictures of passing bikers. So I got them to take one of me with my camera:
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A yellow flower amid the grey stones:
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On the way down, near Tibi, there is a modest building with a very pretentious name:
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Our lemon tree is yielding again:
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Garage door, near Mercado Central:
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It is lunchtime, and trade at the Mercado Central is winding down. Two employees take a well-deserved break:
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On Thursday night we had our monthly wine tasting at the office. The theme this time was “Five wines, five continents”, presented by the proprietor of Tiza y Flor, a small but well-stocked wine shop in the centre of Alicante. The wines came from Australia, Oregon, Georgia (the former Soviet republic, not the US state), South Africa and Spain:
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Explaining:
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Maria smells the wine:
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Maria has a good time:
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Takis:
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Takis and his companion:
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On Saturday I was again in the mountains on my bicycle, this time to the town of Tibi. Spring is here, and the almond trees are in bloom:
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I stopped to pee and took a couple of close-ups of the almond flowers:
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I bought a Coke in Tibi and looked for a bench to relax for a few minutes, drink my Coke and eat a banana. I found one, but then this old-timer, sitting in his garage and watching the world go by, pulled up a chair and invited me to join him in the shade:
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After a pleasant conversation, during which I had to refuse offers of food and wine several times, I took this portrait of us and got on my way–I still had about 35-37 km to get home:
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Getting out of Tibi is hard work, as there is a climb of about 3 km, with sometimes very steep grades. But also nice views of the town:
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Later that day, I got together with three of our friends to watch Barcelona-Atletico Madrid in a local bar:
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And that was that week.

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