Skip to main content

Tapas route

Everywhere does it now. Someone in the tourism department of the town hall or, in this case the local chamber of trade,  persuades a bunch of bars to offer a tapa, a small snack, and a drink at a reasonable price. They then publish the list of participating bars as a route and away you go.

The first time we ever saw this was in Sax and in that case the route was only open for a couple of weekends between say noon and 2pm. In each bar, as you bought your drink and tapa, you collected a clue in the form of a jigsaw piece. The completed jigsaw posed some sort of puzzle and the answer might win you a prize. The time limit on the visits caused a lot of elbow fights.

In Cartagena the format is that the event goes on for longer - 16 April to 2 May this year - and that the tapas are on offer whilst the bar is open. You vote for your favourites and not only do the bars get the extra trade they also have the opportunity for the kudos of winning whilst you get the chance of winning prizes.

Strangely, we've just let it pass us by so far which is quite unlike us. Maggie changed all that last night though with something in the Tasca del Tio Andrés. Her description said it had grapes and raisins in it!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Looking for a flat

Finding a house to rent in Spain is usually a pretty straightforward process. When I say house I really mean flat because, although it's not impossible to find houses in the middle of a town or city, by far the most usual style of dwelling for urban Spaniards is the flat.
I need to qualify this a bit further. It's easy to find a place if you are willing to pay an estate agent. The other options involve walking around random streets looking for to rent signs with your mobile phone to hand. We've only ever done it a couple of times and it has not produced good results.
The internet has made it a slightly less fraught process to find an individual renter and the place that Maggie rented in Ciudad Rodrigo came that way. Even then it takes ages to sift through the various websites usually to find that nobody answers your email or phone call except for the estate agents.
The estate agent method is the most straightforward but also the most costly. The standard charging process…

Where am I?

When I wrote the last post on this blog - Looking for a flat - I should really have written it on the Life in Culebrón blog because that's where I am at the moment.

In fact, apart from working in Cartagena it looks as though my links with the place are about to be cut. I am in the process of signing up for a flat in La Unión and the logic of naming the blogs must mean that the active ones are the places where I have a kettle. La Unión and El Culebrón.

There is a tab at the top of the page to navigate there or this is the link

Casting off

School term is over in Spain. It's summer. Nearly everyone from Cartagena is at the beach. The town is quiet and we are done, at least till the new academic year when I'll be back to do a bit more English teaching.

We've cleared everything from the flat. We've carted our belongings up the road to Culebrón. We've handed over the keys of the flat. So goodbye to town life for a while and goodbye to Cartagena till I get back there in hot and sticky September.

In the meanwhile you can follow our adventures (sic) at Life in Culebrón