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Monday January 18 2010

And in an internet cafe.  But it won´t read an SD card so no pictures until I get home.  Although, come to think of it, maybe I will find another internet cafe which will allow me to show pictures.

First impression, it´s warmer, without being uncomfortably warm.  Warmer yesterday afternoon, when I arrived, than today.  Whether the sun is out or not makes a big difference.  An ideal place to escape the cold and damp of England at a time of year such as this, especially so as so few tourists yet seem to have grasped this notion.

Second impression, Spain contains lots of mini-mountains, often very near to where everyone lives, in fact in the case of one mini-mountain, actually right in the middle of where people live.  Although actually that might have been the first impression in this impressions list, because I could clearly see this from the airplane as it came in to land.  Alicante, for instance, has a big lump in the middle, with an ancient castle on top, like in Edinburgh.  Today, I and my friend Tony went to the top of it.  But, we didn´t walk up, we took the lift.  This involved a long walk down a very strange, because very straight, tunnel.  Then up in the lift.  At the top we found not so much a castle, as an ad hoc collection of fortifications, clearly created over a longish time, as and when they needed and could afford them.  What I especially liked was that at the top of this obviously very historical place, they still had room for some world-class, state of the art, guaranteed twenty-first century roof clutter, of which I of course have numerous photos, along with rather cloudy views of Alicante and its various nearby mini-mountains.

Third impression, the place seems pretty civilised.  The children are polite to old gits like me.  There are no drunken yobs to be seen anywhere.  Maybe it is like this in provincial towns in Britain, but from what I read in the admittedly doom-laden British press, it is just as bad there.  There are, for instance, and to mention a particular hate of mine, no bits of chewing gum on the pavement.  My guess is that until recently, Spain has been too poor to afford a welfare state and the consequent inevitable degradation of the lives and morals of the lower classes.

Fourth impression: no cats.  Not one.  Dogs, yes, quite a few.  Birds in cages, yes, lots.  Cats, none.  Maybe the birds in the cages contributes to there being no cats, because cats would terrify all these birds, or worse.  Only cat photos so far of two china cats in my friends´ flat, and some also non-real cats in a hardware store.

Fifth impression: it´s great, when you on holiday to have a great book on the go, and on an impulse I grabbed and included at the last possible moment, in my tiny bag of stuff, a copy of Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin, to add to the book on Roman history I had already packed.  Knots and Crosses is the very first Rebus book.  And it´s great, I think.  I have dipped into later Rebuses (Rebi?), but have not found that nearly so satisfying.  Now I plan to read the second one as soon as I get home, and if that works, the third, and so on.

That´s all for now, and very possibly until I am back in London.  Sorry no links, and sorry for the inevitable typos, induced by strange kit and a strange keyboard.  The man in the cubicle next to me is whistling and humming tunelessly.  I´m out of here.