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2 April 2012

Week 13: food and landscape

Filed under: — Administrator @ 21:26

After the London trip last week, this will be just another “slices of life” week.

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My habitual cycling route takes me to the nearby mountain village of Aigües. It is 20 km from my home, of which the last 10 are constantly uphill. So by the time I reach the main square of Aigües, I am ready for a few minutes’ break, and so are lots of other cyclists. Here are some guys filling their water bottles:
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To continue the healthy theme, one evening I cooked a very hearty veg soup for me and my daughter (my wife was off skiing in Andorra):
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Later in the week, after my wife had recovered from the skiing, she cooked one of the classic Belgian dishes we used to enjoy so much when we lived in Brussels, moules in a white wine broth:
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The debris afterwards:
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On Sunday afternoon, I had an errand south of the city, and I took the opportunity to drive down to the salt flats of Santa Pola, one of my favourite locations around here:
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Another view of the Salinas de Santa Pola:
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Another nice place in that area is the lighthouse of Santa Pola, located on a cliff overlooking the beach. In the distance, the island of Tabarca is visible:
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There were several paragliders around:
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And they came close:
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Really close:
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Tuesday night we had the monthly wine tasting at the office, this time of California wines, presented by an Argentine guy who has a company importing New World wines to Spain:
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The first wine, a Sauvignon Blanc, was actually the best; the reds that followed (Zinfandel, Cabernet) were OK but certainly not worth the price:
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The 21st century way of taking notes:
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Another image from the office, the EU version of Easter Eggs, including one representing Ryanair, the dominant airline at Alicante airport:
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On Friday, one of my favourite eating places, a beach restaurant I “discovered” last summer, Hostal Maruja, re-opened for the season. A few of us went to have lunch there. This is Antenina, our Lithuanian trainee, getting a good taste of our lifestyle:
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Two members of my team, a Polish economist and a German engineer. We certainly have a variety of backgrounds in our office:
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When you eat lunch at Hostal Maruja, you have the view of the beach, and you just do not feel like going back to the office:
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