Prowling my world, camera in hand

26 January 2011

Week 02: Lars visits

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For the second year in a row, my friend Lars came to visit us during January. For him, it is a pleasant change from the Danish winter; for me, it is an opportunity to enjoy some days with my best friend, going back to our first year of high school in our hometown Aarhus. Lars and I share at least 3 interests: photography (he is actually a teacher of it), cycling and food. So lots of pictures this week from our wanderings around Alicante and drives in the surrounding mountains, as well as some sushi/pizza fusion at the end.

The castañero in downtown Alicante and some nice customers:


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The 2-Euro shop has adjusted prices in view of the crisis:

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Lars in action:

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Monday we drove to Valencia, stopping to have a look at the marshland and rice fields outside the city:

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Conversation inside Valencia’s Mercado Central:

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Tuesday we went for a drive in mountains, along roads like this:

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…and this:

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Then we drove back down to the coast, to the pretty beach town of Villajoyosa, whose main claim to fame is to house the HQ of Spain’s biggest chocolate manufacturer, Valor. But we had gone there to walk around along the beach and in the barrio:

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Bridge, stairs, light and shadow:

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The streets in Villajoyosa are definitely more suitable for cats than for cars:

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Colourful houses and reflections:

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One way to enjoy the beach:

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And another, more sedate manner:

The following day we walked around Alicante. Even though I live here, I often discover details that I had not noticed before.

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Social realist relief outside the offices of a cooperative insurance company. Reminds me of Soviet-style “workers and peasants” art:

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Castillo Santa Barbara towers above Alicante. It was started by the Moors and completed by the Spanish following the Reconquista of this area in the late 13th century:

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When the defenders of the castle looked out during the Middle Ages, they presumably saw a different view:

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Here is someone who does not care much about the view, preferring to enjoy a balmy January afternoon:

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A house being built on my street; in the meantime, the local stray cats have taken possession:

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We drove to Biar, a town about 40 km from Alicante, famous for its castle which we ignored, except that we enjoyed the view from the hill:

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This is what the streets in Biar look like. One has to be in good shape to live here:

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To say that Biar is a sleepy town is an understatement. This is just about the extent of the life on the town’s main square:

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Biar wildlife:

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The southern leg of the Camino de Santiago runs through Biar:

Saturday night we put Lars to work in the kitchen, as usually happens during his visits. He decided to treat us to a dinner of sushi followed by his homemade pizza. Great fusion! My contribution was some good 1995-96 Bordeaux from my stash.

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Making sushi:

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A closer view:

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Sushi rolls ready to be cut, incidentally all vegan:

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When Lars makes pizza, he makes one per person, so that everyone can put their own toppings:

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This is mine:

And so ends a wonderful week.


  1. It’s always wonderful to spend time with an old friend who shares similar strong interests. I had similar for just one day recently with a fellow forestry graduate and one-time co-worker. That will have to satisfy my need for such sympathetic company for the year … 🙁

    It’s a bit remote, living here.

    The view from the top at Biar; houses, houses, more houses, factories – no wonder there is an employment crisis. How on earth it is possible to supply adequate water, electricity, sewerage systems and treatment, in such a situation never ceases to amaze me. Not to mention fresh food.

    Thanks for the tour 😉

    Comment by Brian Swale — 26 January 2011 @ 19:06

  2. PS, I prefer to view your posts at in a very old version of Opera – 3.62.
    That way I get to see the whole width of your photos.
    In all other browsers I have on this machine, about 20% of the RHS is obscured by the menu of other POWs.
    With Opera 3.62 the menu is passed to the bottom of the page … out of the way.

    Comment by Brian Swale — 26 January 2011 @ 19:10

  3. Thanks again for the tour, Nathan. I enjoy them every week, although I do not comment every time. Your p;izza looks delicious, not vegan 😉

    Comment by Wiliam — 26 January 2011 @ 21:11

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