“Travels to a Different Time” : 27July1978: Torremolinos Good Riddance! On the Wrong Plane: Choking on Cheap Spanish Cigarettes on an Army Flight

I was swept up in a stampede to the flight to Madrid. Had I hesitated I would have been trampled. A brand-new Iberia DC-9 to Madrid then on to Lisbon. Unfortunately, I had been directed to the wrong plane but going to Madrid. They snooped me out and ejected me from the plane. Instead, aContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 27July1978: Torremolinos Good Riddance! On the Wrong Plane: Choking on Cheap Spanish Cigarettes on an Army Flight”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 22July1978: Torremolinos, Spain: Eating That Stinky Smoked Ham and Cheese Sandwich on the Bus! Moroccans and The Tittering British Girl

There must be a horrific heat wave as woke up in a soggy sweat very lethargic. Took the bus to Fuengirola and Mijas. I made the mistake of eating a very stinky sandwich on the bus. Clear the decks. Mijas has changed drastically since my last visit 5 years ago. There seem to be aContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 22July1978: Torremolinos, Spain: Eating That Stinky Smoked Ham and Cheese Sandwich on the Bus! Moroccans and The Tittering British Girl”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 18July1978: Vila Real, Portugal & Seville & Torremolinos Spain: Drunk and Fornicating Brits and Moroccan Sexual Predators

Up early in the blazing heat and off to the market for yogurt, peaches, figs and wafer cookies. Off to the ferry for a ten-minute trip to Spain. The crowd was pushing and shoving like in a panic. In a tiny town in Spain found the bus station and booked passage to Seville at 16:30.Continue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 18July1978: Vila Real, Portugal & Seville & Torremolinos Spain: Drunk and Fornicating Brits and Moroccan Sexual Predators”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 17July1978: Vila Real de San Antonio: The Cheating Vicious Vendor and the Plate of Snails

Woke up in the pit a 09:00 and had a peach and a pear then off to the beach in a lethargic mood as it is blistering hot. The sea air, water and sun both saps your energy yet revitalizes you. Munched on a donut and hit the surf. Lunch at 12:30 which was seafoodContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 17July1978: Vila Real de San Antonio: The Cheating Vicious Vendor and the Plate of Snails”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 15July1978: Monte Gordo & Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal: Overwhelmed by Garlic Fumes

Had the crappy continental breakfast which even by continental breakfast standards was junk. The first Portuguese continental breakfast in Lisbon at the Hotel Flamingo was a delight in comparison to this one. Off to the bus stop for trip to Vila Real de San Antonio. There were too many people stuffed on the bus soContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 15July1978: Monte Gordo & Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal: Overwhelmed by Garlic Fumes”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 14July1978: Monte Gordo, Portugal: Finally Warm Portuguese Water: Victimized by Tiny Clams: Zombie Faced Gamblers

What a pathetic breakfast so no wonder it is “free”. One roll, two thin chocolate cookies and watery coffee. Off to the beach and finally water you weren’t numbed out by. The beach is in a bay so the water has a chance to warm up. Lunch at the beach was a delicious bowl ofContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 14July1978: Monte Gordo, Portugal: Finally Warm Portuguese Water: Victimized by Tiny Clams: Zombie Faced Gamblers”

“Travels to a Different Time: : 13July1978: Faro and Monte Gordo, Portugal: Glorious View of the BP Station!

Up at 8:30 to a cold day and off to the market for breakfast eaten in the room with a glorious view of the BP gas station. Boarded the bus for Monte Gordo and the bus driver zipped along at a good clip along the treacherous roads. The room I found was $11.50 a night.Continue reading ““Travels to a Different Time: : 13July1978: Faro and Monte Gordo, Portugal: Glorious View of the BP Station!”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 12July1978: Faro, Portugal: Follow the Crowd to Food: Gringo Tries to Pick up Local Girl

Up at 8:30 and followed the flow of people to the market. If you are up early enough this trick always lands you in the market and food! Had some breakfast which included yogurt which I am beginning to like. I found out that a bus was leaving for the main beach in 90 minutesContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 12July1978: Faro, Portugal: Follow the Crowd to Food: Gringo Tries to Pick up Local Girl”

“Travels to a Different Time”: 11July1978: Lagos and Faro, Portugal: Off in a Cloud of Peanut Shells

Planned departure on the bus from Lagos to Faro was 16:55. Left bags with landlady and did a bit of shopping. I bought a sweater at a shop and kept the clerks past lunchtime closing and they retaliated with dirty stares. Walked to the beach for the last look and for once the waves hadContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time”: 11July1978: Lagos and Faro, Portugal: Off in a Cloud of Peanut Shells”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 10July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Vicious Dog Fight: Grilled Dog a Bit Tough

Off to the bank to change some money. Breakfast was hardboiled eggs, honey, bread, wafer cookies and pineapple Sumol. A one hour wait at the post office to buy a few stamps for some postcards. Huge lineups and only two wickets were open. Memories of Eastern Europe! Went to tourist office to find out whenContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 10July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Vicious Dog Fight: Grilled Dog a Bit Tough”