Prowling my world, camera in hand

12 March 2011

Week 10: tapas, women and rain

Filed under: — Administrator @ 22:06

This week I had to go for tapas twice, both times as part of my job. Tough. So most of the pictures are from those outings. But there are also some images showing some nasty weather we had during the week.

This is my local bicycle shop, Apedales. I have spent at least as much there in the last couple of years as with Leica dealers in various countries. One of the nice things about a local bike shop is that you can come in and just chat or get advice. That is what is going on here:


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During much of week, we had strong wind from the sea. It was not cold, but still not beach weather. This is Playa Albufereta:

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And this is the beach promenade at the Urbanova beach near my office. Nobody was promenading today:

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Thursday I had the heavy duty to take a few people from the office for lunch. We chose an upscale tapas place called La Taberna del Gourmet in the centre of Alicante–highly recommended. This is one of the waitresses having a chat with some customers:

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Tapas is not just finger food:

Then, on Friday afternoon, the department that I manage had its annual tapas outing, el tapeo. We were about 30 people who invaded two pre-selected restaurant in a working-class neighbourhood called Barrio El Pla.

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This is Samanta, or Sam as she prefers. She works at the UK Intellectual Property Office and is spending a year with us as a Seconded National Expert:

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This is Ursula, a Finnish lawyer who has worked at our office for many years:

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The ubiquitous lottery vendor came into the bar and did brisk business:

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One of the classic tapas, albóndigas, or meatballs:

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Meanwhile, outside it was rainy and nasty:

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The tapas restaurants in this neighbourhood are true neighbourhood places, and local people come by just for a chat:

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While we were at the Jesús Dos restaurant, a group of women came in for a baby shower. Note the grumpy old guy in the corner–this is why I took this picture:

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Since January, if you smoke, you have to go outside–rain or shine:

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Looking into the kitchen, one sees a serious paella:

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For some unknown reason, a group of people are offering “free hugs” on the Esplanada de España:

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Finally, an image taken during a walk in the barrio on Saturday morning. I liked the contrast between the young couple and the lonely old lady:


  1. Always enjoy your people shots.

    Comment by Orin Keplinger — 13 March 2011 @ 09:53

  2. A great series this week; especially, very nice portraits.

    Comment by Brian Swale — 13 March 2011 @ 12:46

  3. Great pictures,I really enjoyed them

    Comment by Tom Swanson — 13 March 2011 @ 13:50

  4. Nice pictures. But remember that too much work can be dangerous to your waistline. I know what you mean about spending money in bike shops. Thirty years ago my first really good bike with an aluminum frame cost as much as a Leica body. By the time I finished upgrading the components, you could add the price of a Noctilux lens. On my last visit to a bike store I saw, but did not buy, a road bike with an unobtanium frame that cost as much as a small car. Where will it end?

    Comment by Larry Z — 26 March 2011 @ 22:10

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