Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shortsightedness

It baffles me that people still operate with this mentality of ripping someone off to make a quick buck here and now. What about tomorrow and the next day? You only get away with it once. You can probably guess that today I was lied to and ripped off. It cannot be denied that there is a culture of picardía here but it amazes me that people don´t learn that it just doesn´t work. Today I was lied to about plums. The guy promised me that they were sweet and they weren´t. Oh well big deal but he also charged me over three euros for a very small amount. He is the fool as I just won´t go back there.....Well, I thought I wouldn´t go back there until I decided to have it out with him.

Whilst I was in there saying my piece a woman told me to go back to my own country if I didn´t like it...a predictable response. I did feel a bit ganged up on but I felt like I had to tell him that I knew what his game was. We finished up amicably agreeing to differ. He had argued his case complaining about supplier prices. I argued my point about first impressions. Hmm maybe I will go back there to see if next time he will offer me a better deal on the plums.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Rain rain go away

Yes the monsoon is upon us. I had booked a weekend away ages ago and I hadn´t anticipated that it would be so wet but we went anyway. We drove to Caceres in Extremadura last Friday, had a walk around, got very wet and went to our hotel room. We stayed at the Alameda Palacete, a charming little, eclectic hotel which would be perfect in the summer when you could do with a bit more insulating. The next morning we had a good look around the old town of Caceres which is a UNESCO world heritage centre. It is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renassiance styles due to hundreds of years of battles between Moors and Christians.

On the Saturday afternoon we started to make our journey home and stopped for the evening in the Huelva town of Aracena. Luckily the rain held off for the morning so that we could enjoy the castle and then the famous caves. All in all we enjoyed a great weekend away despite the weather and I would thoroughly recommend both places. Where to next????