“Travels to a Different Time” : 4July1972: Torremolinos, Spain: Bloody Flies and A Finger Is Almost Cut Off! Donkey Poop vs. Traffic

4July1972: Awoken by the flies buzzing all around. I killed 11 of these pesky brutes. Eggs, ham and toast for breakfast. We then went over to our American friends, Gloria and Buddy, and met them at their hotel pool and we stayed until 6 and left. Coming home we had to cross a busy road which took us five minutes to do. I am more used to avoiding donkey poop in my travels than automobile traffic. We returned home to a battle with the flies. I killed 24. We had Mom’s beef bourguignon and rice for dinner and went to see an old black and white film with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley McLain.

5July1972: Woken up by the flies. We took the bus to Marbella and Mom insisted we go to a restaurant described in “Europe on 5 and 10 Dollars a Day”. After asking four or five people we found it. It was under new management and the prices had changed from what was described in the book. We had spaghetti and meatballs at 12.5 pesetas each. That is less than a dollar for both of us but Mom’s spaghetti is better. On the way back we stopped at Fuengirola and we rented an apartment at Sofico for two weeks. $8.50 a day. Margaret Mary Entry; The butcher at the market across the street is a huge women with blonde hair tied in a bun. You should see her handle a knife! I bought a chicken and pointed where I wanted it cut and nearly had my finger chopped off.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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