Picture of the Week

7 March 2020

Week 09: mercadillo, the city, last Friday drink at the office, Assumpta’s puppy

Filed under: — Administrator @ 07:01

A week at the office and at home, with some cycling of course, but also walking around the city and getting together with friends. And February 28th was the last Friday of February, so we had the customary drink at the office.

9_1
On Sunday, we walked to the nearby market to buy some fruit and veg:
1040300

9_2
I always enjoy looking at (and photographing) the fruit and vegetables on offer. No plastic wrap here:
1040297

9_3
It is the season for oranges around here (just south of Alicante, mainly):
1040298

9_4
Monica made a friend:
1040304

9_5
Monica certainly hit the doggie’s sweet spot:
1040305

9_6
Clothes and greens:
1040309

9_7
A fruit vendor demonstrates a pineapple-peeling (or rather, flesh-extracting) device to my wife:
1040307

9_8
1040308

9_9
In the afternoon, we went for lunch at our friends Assumpta and Eliot. They lost their little dog Chlöe due to illness a couple of months ago. Now they have just acquired an adorable puppy from a shelter, just 2 months old:
1040316

9_10
Eliot with the baby:
1040317

9_11
My daughter Monica was with us as well, and she of course went completely gaga playing with the puppy:
1040310

9_12
Eliot’s son Lucas:
1040312

9_13
And Lucas’s girlfriend. Everyone took turns with the adorable little furball:
1040315

9_14
On Wednesday morning I drove to the beach in the centre of El Campello, about 4 km north of my house. I was up early anyway, and the light seemed particularly nice. This is the delta of Río Seco, usually dry, but not this morning, following heavy rains a few weeks ago:
1040318

9_15
Fishing at sunrise:
1040323

9_16
UFO cloud:
1040324

9_17
On Thursday, I had an errand in the city during the lunch break, and walked around Plaza Seneca a bit. This building used to be Alicante’s main bus station, now it is an exhibition hall and the former bus parking is an urban park:
1040330

9_18
This man was writing in his notebook. I wondered if some great novel or poetry was in the works:
1040326

9_19
Funny graffiti/social media on a column:
1040327

9_20
Then Friday arrived, and since it was the last Friday of February, the customary mid-day drink at the office took place. It was particularly well attended and well supplied this time, so there was no need to have lunch afterwards:
1040334

9_21
A drink spread reflecting the international nature of our office, and the many trips we make, both privately and professionally. From left to right, the bottles are from Japan, Poland, Denmark, France, Romania and Finland:
1040349

9_22
As usual, I pointed my camera at my co-workers. Here are Anne-Sophie, Franciska and María:
1040340

9_23
Francisco and Stephanie:
1040341

9_24
Charo and Anne-Sophie in apparently serious conversation, but with wine in hand:
1040343

9_25
Juan brought a typical cake from the region of Murcia, similar to the panettone, and is very concentrated cutting it up:
1040347

9_26
Evangelia with one of our trainees:
1040351

9_27
More conversation:
1040355

9_28
On Saturday, I took a ride on my mountainbike, on the Vía Verde del Maigmó. To get to the starting point, I cycle past the University of Alicante campus. I noticed a new piece of graffiti, calling for more Marx & Engels and fewer social media influencers:
1150767

9_29
The last few km to the start of the trail (it is a total of 25 km from my house) are on a field path with nice views of almond trees and the mountains:
1150769

9_30
On the Vía Verde itself, I stopped to photograph what was once a railroad overpass; some road cyclists were passing above:
1150779

9_31
Naked vineyards; not much life in evidence here, but this is part of the natural cycle:
1150772

9_32
But the almond trees are in bloom:
1150780

And that was the last photo of the ride. I had miscalculated my food and water requirements, and was frankly knackered when I came home. 72 km on a mountainbike is harder than 100 km on a regular road bike, and I felt it.

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Powered by WordPress