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The Last Day

150w compact fluorescentWhat a cracking last day – we drove down to the coast much earlier than usual and headed off to San Javier for some last minute shopping, unsure what the opening situation would be for shops on a Sunday. Any fears were unfounded as most of the shops were in fact open – certainly the shopping centre containing EROSKI was open – and on the way, a BRAND NEW super Chinese store.

New Chinese outlet in San JavierWe bought some stuff for our next trip and left it in the car… and I have to tell you, you have NEVER seen a range of compact fluorescents like the ones they have in this store, from the tiniest 2w jobs up to a WOPPING great 150w (yes, that’s 150w compact fluorescent – enough to light up a street I should think. if a 13w is equivalent to a 60w old-fashioned filament lamp, these must be something like equivalent of approaching a 1Kw lamp!!!

We then went off to Eroski for some last minute bits and pieces. Mobile users might be interested to know that YOIGO over there are doing the Samsung Galaxy SIII for 29 Euros a month as against much more here – we noticed Sea frontthey have a store within the same shopping centre (for reference Eroski close midnightPalm Trees down at the beecht normally and 10pm on a Sunday!! – the Chinese stores appeared to be closing early teatime Sunday) before driving back toward the airport but not before stopping off for some late lunch down at the beach.

Ok, the food was just normal keep-the-British-happy stuff but the scenery – my goodness, beautiful blue sky, maybe 33c, nice breeze… we REALLY did not want to leave.

By mSea Frontid-evening we were on the plane full of screaming babies, by 10pm or so in Edinburgh airport listening to warnings about importing knuckledusters into the UK while they took ages to get the bags (presumably while searching for knuckledusters) and by 1am after a drive through flooded areas of the A68 we were back home in Wark. Our two ginger tom cats are furiously huffed at the fact we have (for a short time) kittens roaming around – life is back to normal – meetings piled up for this week and next….  such a different world…. I’m counting the days to summer (of which there is NO sign in the UK) already….

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