Signs of Life.....

Trip Start Apr 18, 2010
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Trip End Jul 07, 2010


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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Thursday, May 6, 2010

Well, after a long cold night stuck in my timeshare sick, I woke up feeling much better and looked outside only to find a beautiful sunny day. So I headed out to explore the city of Salou.

This is actually a very nice place! More specifically, Salou is in the Costa Daurada part of the Catalonia region along the coast. The weather is almost exactly like that of Central California. Think Santa Barbara. The beach is also very nice, and the city itself is lined with nice shops and cafes. And much bigger than I originally thought. Forget Manhattan Beach, think South Beach Miami, empty! Well, not totally. But whatever happens here, I either missed it, or it hasn't happened yet. But I did manage to find the one hot chick here in town sunbathing topless….

I walked around the entire city and finally stopped in a Mexican restaurant to celebrate Cinco De Mayo by having a shot of tequila with my Spanish friends. First of all, I quickly found out they're not big fans of Cinco de Mayo for obvious reasons, oops! But you would think since Spain conquered Mexico originally that in a Mexican restaurant in Spain you would find good Mexican food and a good selection of tequilas, right? Wrong! Everyone was eating basic normal Spanish sandwiches and other foods, and drinking wine! WTF??? Apparently the cultural flow went from Spain to Mexico and NOT the other way. You can't even get good tequila here. All they have is this really cheap crap they call tequila. I was very surprised. This place needs a really good tequila bar. Hmmmm…. Maybe that's what I'll do, move to Spain and open up a chain of high end tequila bars…… And marry one of these smoking hot Spanish TV reporters. Damn they're hot! Life could be worse……

The owner spoke English so I asked him about what's going on around here. OK, here's the scoop. Apparently I was right. I scheduled my visit at exactly the wrong time. 2 weeks ago there were about 5,000 British college students here on Spring Break which he said was out of control. And about 2 weeks from now, he said the place is going to be packed with the usual Summer crowd. So, I missed all the action by 2 weeks! Basically he said he works his ass off continuously 7 days a week for about 8 months, then closes up shop for the winter and uses his savings to survive the rest of the year.

To make up for the lack of Cinco de Mayo celebrating, he graciously offered me a free shot of the only cheap tequila he had. YUCK! He also explained that in Europe all the name brand spirits like Bacardi and Jim Beam have been ripped off and copied by bootleg distillers, and are served in similar looking bottles at the bars and night clubs and nobody even knows the difference. Now that's not cool! If I ask for a Crown Royal and Coke, I expect to get a Crown Royal and Coke, Damn it!!!

After leaving the Mexican bar I found a bar offering cheap beer. The California Bar!!! Of course being from LA I was quite the celebrity. And the British tourists that were there couldn't stop talking about America. These guys can't get enough of America, and they loved talking to me. The people of Britain really are our closest friends in the world.

Finally I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few things I forgot. While I was there I decided to try this really exotic and REALLY expensive meat I've been seeing around Spain. It's called Jamon? It's basically an entire leg of a pig, uncooked, that's completely covered in salt, and left to sit for 3 years! It's really amazing! And I can't emphasize enough, REALLY expensive! 85€/kg!!!!! I had the lady cut me 5 slices. Imagine 5 really thin slices of bacon. That's what I got for 5.10€. That's $7!!! Honestly, I think the paper it was wrapped in weighed more. But it was pretty damn good. $120 a pound good? I don't know. I've had some pretty exotic sushi that wasn't anywhere near that expensive. Maybe I need to start making Jamon and selling it in the US!

At the end of the day I went for a walk along the beach at sunset. I now know why all the buildings are sealed with storm shutters. The winds here are insane! In 2 seconds it goes from nothing to hurricane force winds. And at dusk, thousands of what look like bats come out and start flying around looking for food. They're totally cool. OK, I've got to get back to my room, American Dad is coming on soon…..
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Frano on

nice posting JB

evie silvers on

Beautiful place! Looks like things are looking up for you. Enjoy your tour

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