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    Posted: 24 March 2019 at 20:10
Visited my mother and her husband for a few days in Los Alcázares in Spain earlier in March. Flew from +2C, steel sky and rain to +15C and sun every day. It is no surprise to me anymore why I heard quite a lot of British English and why I was told in Ireland that it's a popular destination for the Irish too (Spain).


Los Alcázares has these whole villages of "luxury apartments", broad well kept streets, a long beach along the giant lagoon "Mar Menor". Acc. to Wik "Los Alcazares has a base population (2007) of over 14,000 which rises to over 100,000 during the peak tourist summer holiday season. " and I can believe it..it felt a bit empty, but rather pleasant.

In Sweden there are three colors in every traffic light, green yellow and red. I saw no yellow in Spain.

The airport security check was a bit different at Alicante ..passport check for one (not so at Arlanda), "no electronidad" in the bag when going through the x-ray machine (only computers are set aside at Arlanda), I had some issues trying to ascertain whether they viewed lenses as electronidad and then I forgot my belt on so was swabbed at strategic locations for drugs. (It was super early in the AMs..)
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Salt Mountain

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Olive trees and housing

3.
Herr Garman looks more dynamic in Spain

4. Bougainvillea

5. Prepping the beach for the season of many

6. Unknown offering

7. 'In the sun I feel as one'

8. Beach

9. Very pretty

10.
Evening colors



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Edit. I had some vague Swedish preconceived notions of "manana" and "siesta" and those were completely obliterated. Fields upon fields upon lemon plantations along the roads and military precision rows and workers in sync at noon under the sun and actual enforcement of the different boarding classes when boarding the airplane. No litter anywhere on the streets of Los Alcázares. Another thing though that Swedes like to repeat, "..and then the Spaniards come walking in their heavy jackets" I thought was so much baloney but it turned out completely true. Winter jackets at +12C.

Edited by Kilkry - 24 March 2019 at 20:31
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A collection of quite unusual finds - given the title. To me it's like a lesson in photography - how does the world look like beyond the cliché and the stereotypes? What is usually neglected but nevertheless worthwhile to be remembered - even only because it's conventionally seen as not worthwhile?

The set reminds me very much of Roland Barthes' (in: Camera Lucida, his book on photography) notion of the "punctum" - that which does not fit and decries the convention (juxtaposed to the "studium" - the repetition of what you have already seen). The tree in #2 and #3 (is it the same tree?) is kind of a "punctum" - like a pedestrian who smuggled himself into the picture with raised arms. Or #6, that puzzling bottle and the way it is attached to the wall. Or the irony in ## 8, 9 and 10.

To cut this long story short: I like the set very much!

TFS!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 March 2019 at 18:18
Hi Waldo, thanks for your thoughtful reply.

I tend to take note of everyday details, for better and worse, "punctum" perhaps(an interesting concept, I shall see if I can find a copy of that book); yet having never been to Spain I'm not certain what the stereotypes would be :)

The architecture, language, natural environment, road system, fields, zebra crossings, blue/green of the ocean, sunshine..very different and I just love the slanted evening sun against those white painted buildings from the 1990s. (Many of the newer luxury apartment complexes looked a bit like intricate toy castles). Yes, that sun might seem mundane and borderline uninteresting to those used to it.

No, not the same tree by the way although they all look the same and line most streets. The zebra crossing man looks like he's going to twirl his tweed hat and grab his black cane, rather amusing, when compared to the Swedish stiff.

Saw several instances of water bottles being tied down to a street corner or a tree trunk. The tree trunk ones didn't appear to be for watering purposes.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 March 2019 at 09:03
#6 is very weird, as if the bottle contains some treasure and has been boxed in and tied up to keep it safe. I've been to those vast holiday apartment complexes out of season too, where we've been possibly the only visitors and only one of the many restaurants has been open, serving the workers preparing for the tourist invasion. Interesting set, tfs.
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