Hanging around with nowhere to go - Montenegro style Entrance to Rezevici Monastery - it was a long walk up here ! Bit out of the way ! Inside the Monastery at Pretovac Montenegro - to reach here a guide took us along a coastal path and up through the woods , down a dark tunnel and over a derelict hotel site !
Muchos comercios de Guardamar han tenido que cesar su actividad por falta de ventas, lo que refleja una importante crisis económica en todas los sectores .... so says " Guardamar Digital " the local free newspaper in Guardamar. In English basically - " enterprises are shutting down and there is an economic crisis".
Yes some enterprises have shut down recently, but I think that reflects the pattern of life in a seaside town, especially one that relies on meeting the demands of its visitors for trade. Even now new bars and cafes are opening and people moving into the town with new business ventures.
What is certain is that many of the building sites ( apart from those in key sites near the promenade or town centre ) are now deserted and the workforce withdrawn. This situation has been caused by building well over capacity - the market can not take the strain ! plus worries about security of tenure - as outlined in the Press over the last few months !
A quick trip around the estate agents will reveal many properties have been on the market for a long time - some of these now have reduced selling prices - in some cases as much as 20,000 Euros.
It would appear that in Spain double the amount of property has been built than is needed ???
Guardamar has two new enterprises - both in Calle Las Vinas which is not far from the Mercadona.
The Flavour Shop is open for a wide range of flavoured teas and coffees. A pleasant place, the lady serving hails from the USA - the State of Florida.
Also in the same street is a Bulgarian grocers - Danubio - OK if you want a Bulgarian newspaper or bottle of wine. Not been in myself - not being a reader of Bulgarian newspapers. On our arrival in this part of Spain we were amazed to find so many people of Russian origin - not a race of people one would be expecting to inhabit the Costa Blanca in great numbers. Guess that the world is a far more mobile place these days especially after the fall of the Soviet era.
Let's hope these places succeed and do not join the list of other enterprises that have quickly failed in this seaside town.
I have recently read " Havana Bay " by Martin Cruz Smith
Hero Arkady Renko a Russian investigator travels to Cuba to identify a body found at sea and presumed to be that of a Colonel Sergei Pribluda - he has a romantic attachment ( old fashioned phrase ! ) with detective Ofelia Osorio and nearly meets a sticky end at the hands of Segeant Luna.
The book paints a vivid picture of Cuban poverty, the seedy side and the legacy of its African past.
At times I felt that the story line was rather on the slow side and shall not rush to purchase any more books from this series