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Wednesday, 06 January 2010 20:48

Paul Whitelock

Today ‘she’ was out working, catering at a local hotel, so I decided to spend some time with the locals. First of all at mid-day to ‘Bar With No Name 1’ to see if there was a paper today. There was, so I read in SUR, amongst other things, that at the end of 2009 Spain had 3.923.603 unemployed out of a population of approximately 40.000.000 – approximately 10%! And that figure doesn’t include the countless numbers on temporary council training courses – the so-called talleres – as part of Prime Minister Zapatero’s Plan Español, nor the many thousands of illegal workers who are also without work at this time.

I also read about the further flooding in the Guadiaro Valley and that Tiger Woods is withdrawing from playing golf in the wake of his recently admitted infidelities. What a wretched world we live in!

Just as I was about to reach for the knife, Charly, a German carpenter I know, who moved here eight years ago with his half-Spanish wife, came into the bar with his bi-lingual four-year-old daughter Sara. We had a good chin-wag in German about the different attitudes to work in Spain, Germany and England. Imagine my surprise when Andrés, the owner, joined in, also speaking German! He had worked in Germany for a number of years before returning to Montejaque and opening his bar!

After paying my ‘multa’ (the ‘fine’ or bill) I crossed the square, ignoring the Guiri bar on my way, and popped into ‘Bar Rincón’ for a tubo and some olives and to wish Antonio and Anita, more German-speaking bar owners, a belated ¡Feliz Año!

Next stop ‘Bar Adrián’ for a scrumptious tapa de chorizo from this connoisseur of cold meats and a re-run on the TV of the Sevilla goals that put Barça out of the Copa del Rey yesterday.

Then finally I fetched up at my favourite watering hole, ‘Bar With No Name 2’, run by Armando and Pepi. After two beers, three tapas (berenjenas, champiñones and tortillita de camarrones), at a mere 20 céntimos each, and a jolly chat with the locals, it was time to head home for a late lunch and to contemplate what lies in store in the year ahead.


Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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