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13 April 2019

Week 14: back home, cycling, and the beach

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After the previous week’s travels, it was nice to have a peaceful week of work and cycling.

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The week began in a rather soggy manner. This was our local fruit and vegetable market at lunchtime on Sunday:
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But later in the week, the weather improved, as it always does, and I could indulge in my morning visits to the beach, made easier by the switch to Daylight Savings Time, so that sunrise comes an hour later:
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We bought the house in which we live last summer. We moved in September, but are still in the process of remodeling the house to our liking (or, more accurately, to my wife’s liking). This view shows the first floor balcony, looking rather nice and clean:
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But turning the camera down towards the ground floor shows the mess on our front porch. Hopefully, this will all be done in a month or two:
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I walked down to the beach again; the rising sun makes even a tram stop look nice:
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I concentrated on the wooden walkway on the beach:
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We have had some windy days, which has resulted in nice sand patterns on the beach:
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On Thursday afternoon, I stopped by Plaza Séneca to have a look at a book fair being held in the former bus station:
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This used to be the bus station terminal. Now it is used for events like this:
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The murals evoke Alicante’s maritime traditions:
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Now that we have changed to Daylight Savings Time and sunset is an hour later, I still have up to 2 hours daylight after work and can do a quick 25-30 km bike ride if I wish. Cycling at sunset can be nice too; even the A70 motorway looks nice if the light is good:
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More cycling, this time on Saturday. The morning was cloudy but it stayed dry:
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An unpleasant sight in El Campello–the new right wing party, Vox, has set up a table on the main street to spread their message ahead of the general election in a couple of weeks and the municipal and European elections in late May. Vox is an anti-immigrant, Catholic nationalist party that proposes to roll back women’s rights, abolish Spain’s autonomous regions to centralise government in Madrid etc.–in other words, they would like to return Spain to the days of the Generalissimo. They are unlikely to get more than 10% of the vote, but still it is not pleasant to see fascists on our streets:
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A much more pleasant sight later in the ride. The square in Aigües was unusually busy on this Saturday morning:
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It turned out that one of the small marching bands were about to practice for the upcoming Easter week processions, and of course they had to lubricate their throats first. They were a nice bunch of young people:
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On Saturday afternoon I had to do some shopping at the Carrefour supermarket. When I parked in the parking lot of the store, I saw that the sky was photographically interesting, and I was grateful that my habit of always carrying a camera was once again rewarded:
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I always look at the impressive display of Iberian hams at Carrefour; all supermarkets have them but this one devotes more space to the product than most. These two ladies were very much in buying mode, although I am not sure if they took one in the end:
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