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This is the Spanish website for Peter and Maureen Scargill. When in Spain we live in Galera in Andalusia (for clarify that is the English spelling - Mid-Spain they spell it Andalucia and pronounce it "And-a-loo-thee-a").

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When is a Pizza not a Pizza?

Embalse La BoleraYesterday we went off to check out alternative lakes in the area. WHAT alternative lakes you might ask? We normally visit Embalse De Negratin – so for a change we thought we’d go visit Embalse La Bolera.

So, the first disappointment of the day though not ENTIRELY unexpected – you can’t SWIM in it – apparently it’s restricted for fishing though we did note one small group in there naked! No, I didn’t take pictures. Nice looking lake but if you can’t go in it when it’s 40c outside,  I’m not sure I see the relevance – so we skipped that and continued our trip to the little town of Pozo Alcon.

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Restaurant MontealegreWe got to Pozo Alcon around 2pm and of course nearly everything was closed. One of the Chinese supermarkets was open so we had a look in there and decided then to have a pizza for lunch. There were a number of pizza restaurants in town but recalled seeing a decent-looking one on the way in – so we headed back up just Northeast of Pozo-Alcon to the Restaurant Montealegre.

Bad mistake – firstly despite the big sign that says PIZZA, they don’t do them during the day, just at night – so while Maureen chose a Carbonara, I had my favourite – Carne Con Tomate, a simple dish of small meat cubes in a tomato-based sauce.  Second bad mistake – it was like chewing string. First time I’ve ever had a bad eating experience in Spain other than an over-greasy salmon in Velez Blanco.

Still, you can’t win them all, so we headed off to our normal haunt of Embalse De Negratin and spent the rest of the afternoon in the lake – with temperatures approaching 40c it was WONDERFUL.

We finished the day with a trip to BAZA for some supplies and a lazy evening.

Today I was back to my usual grind, fathoming out some coding issues and continuing to learn about Facebook Apps. It’s amazing how many hours you can sink into something so apparently simple – Facebook’s atrocious documentation doesn’t help. We finished the evening with a trip down to Galera village – lots going on until way past midnight…then caught up with the excellent “Superman- the early years” series and now giving up for the night, ready for a day of meetings tomorrow.

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