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10 October 2020

Week 40: more cycling, food porn, the office, Mercado Central

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Another week, almost a copy of the preceding week, with cycling and work, plus some walks around the city. But the weather is looking more like autumn, and I made a rare visit to the central market in the centre.

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One morning I passed this reservoir near Busot; it is evident that we have had much less rain in September than usual:
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On Sunday we hosted a lunch at our house for our usual group of friends, but this time we were joined by an old friend, Malika, who lives in Paris:
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A conversation; all our gatherings are held outdoors for safety reasons, and anyway the weather in this part of Spain is still delightfully warm:
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As always, the food was a cooperative affair. I made this orzo-feta salad with kalamata olives and other goodies:
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Fried anchovies by my wife:
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I do not remember who brought this dish of shrimp and avocado, but it was delicious:
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And as usual, BBQ prepared by our Argentine chef Eliot:
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But this was the coup de grâce, French cheeses provided by Malika. There are few pleasures in life to rival this:
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I continued to prowl the office with my camera, photographing my colleagues in this “new normal”. Here is Eri:
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My neighbour Claire. The flags have been put there to provide a suitable background for a major meeting we are hosting on Zoom:
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In normal circumstances, the plenary meeting of the European Observatory on Infringement of IP Rights would have been held at our office, with a nice dinner in the evening and lots of networking. But in these Covid times, we have to do it like this; still, we managed it, with around 200 participants around Europe:
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Now for some cycling photos. Every morning, I see the beautiful dawn skies during the first few km of the ride:
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Sometimes I go for a ride in the afternoon if I have an early meeting at work and so cannot do a morning ride, but on the other hand I can get out early enough to get an hour or so before sunset. This was the case one day, with different views around Busot from the usual morning colours:
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The road between Busot and Jijona. Spot the cyclist:
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One day we did have some threatening clouds that actually delivered and made me shorten the ride somewhat–but they were photogenic:
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On Saturday, I decided to visit the Mercado Central. I do not go there so often these days because it is quite crowded and it is impossible to keep the 1.5 meter distance (which is why masks are mandatory). But this day I felt like a walk in that neighbourhood, to capture images like this one, which I called “Alicante faces”:
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A balcony near the Mercado:
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A typical neighbourhood bar in the barrio:
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The last two photos are taken with the 50mm Leica Summilux, mounted on my Fuji X-E2 using the Fotodix autofocus adapter.

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The goodness of tomatoes. The ones we have here are the best in the world:
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A fishmonger from whom I bought some excellent tuna steaks:
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