Sherman, enjoying the sunset at St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Photo taken March 24, 2011.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Cabri Regional Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Where are they going next? We're here at the park until late September!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Not warm enough!

We specifically came down to the coast because of a cold front coming through southern Spain. Well it's cold down on the coast too, but not as cold as it is where we were inland!

The huge empty lot where we are parked for two nights becomes a temporary market on Wednesdays. We heard them getting set up before we even got out of bed!

And then we went and wandered around after they got it all set up.

A few people out despite the cold.

Very expensive fruits and veggies!

They had red cherries for €18 ($25 CAD, $19 USD) per kg. Yikes. Needless to say, we didn't buy anything.


Olives anyone?

We walked over to the Aldi grocery store and did some shopping there. 

Then, it began to rain. The market people packed up their stuff and everybody disappeared! When it stopped, we walked over to the Lidl grocery store and finished our shopping. 

Picked up a bottle of Canadian whisky. It even says right on the bottle "matured, distilled, and blended in Canada". Cost was €4.55 ($6.50 CAD, $5.00 USD). Interesting that it doesn't say that it was bottled in Canada. Who knows? Anyhow, I just found the price interesting. They can make it in Canada, ship it over here to sell, and still make a profit along the way.

And no, it's not very good. But I figured it was tough to go wrong at that price.

I figured out where to get our battery for Louis. There's a place about 6 km east of here and another one about 15 kms west of here. Didn't feel like going out in the rain and miserable weather, so we put it off until this morning.

The cooler weather is going to hang around for a couple of days, so we're headed to an actual campground this evening!

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14 comments:

  1. Everyone looks so cold in your pictures, hope it warms up soon for you.

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    1. Everyone was very cold that day. It was just a totally miserable day and yesterday was only a little better. Today however, should be even better. :-)

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  2. Cold and wet is not fun, hope you warm up soon.

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    1. Nope it sure isn't, that's when it is nice to know you are in a campervan rather than a tent!

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  3. We're headed to Mexico, your normal stomping grounds, where it's nice and warm! :-)

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    1. Lucky you! We are really enjoying our European RV trip but we are missing Mexico.

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  4. Kevin and Ruth, at those prices the people must earn a good living, do they? Can you tell? Were citizens purchasing at those prices? Was it organic?

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    1. I don't know if I would say that they make a good living but by most of what we have seen even out in the country, people in general seem to do fine. We haven't really spoken to anyone here about wages though. I am sure that there were a few citizens at the market but in that particular area, we think most of the people are tourists and expats. I don't think the food was organic but it sure did look like nice fruit and vegetables, they actually looked almost too perfect!

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  5. I didn't see any vegetables or fruit trees in the country...many olive trees though. Maybe that is why veggies and fruits are expensive...they have to import them? It's cold here in AZ too, overcast and rain expected. I love that they dress for dinner...I still do when I am invited and bring flowers, cookies, fruits, or a bottle of wine. My granddaughter started dressing for dinner without me telling her while she was here with me (she was a teenager at the time) :-)

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    1. We have seen a lot of agriculture in our travels through Spain so far. We have seen lots of olive trees, of course but we have seen orange and lemon trees, lettuce, cabbage, artichoke and a little bit of grapes, obviously we haven't hit the wine region yet! I am sure there is more but that is what we do remember seeing so far.

      Yes, we have been hearing that Arizona ha been having a cooler winter than normal, I hope it warms up there a bit more for you too!

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  6. Yes hope it warms up for you! Couple days does not sound as bad as a few months like here in Canada!

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    1. We so totally agree with you Brigitte, we would much rather have a few days of cold weather rather than months of it!

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  7. As for your Canadian whiskey they put it in a 20 or 40 ft tank container type shipping container
    It's shipped that way because of the import tax on liquor,, when it gets to a certain country it is put in a glass bottle and labeled as Country of origin. But the key is the name of the distributor, It is imported as bulk. that's one of the reasons why you get a lower price. Go to a liquor store and check the price of true imported Canadian whiskey (The distributor will be a Canadian company )it would be about 5 or 6 times that amount (somebody's got to pay the shipping)
    Citrus concentrated juice / fruit concentrate / California wine are some things Shipped by rail tankers to the East Coast to be shipped to Europe,, The. Import tariffs tax is different on those bulk product as well.
    As for the vegetables and fruit look at the box that it came in ,, in most cases it will tell you the country of origin they buy it from a wholesale producer and sell it retail or a bit higher to make a profit
    You know the price is going to be cheaper at a grocery store because they could buy in larger bulk

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    1. This is exactly what we figured happened with this bottle of "Canadian" whiskey! Kevin had bought a better quality bottle of Canadian whiskey though and it was still way, way cheaper than what we would pay in Canada but only a little more than that bottle of cheap stuff, not 5 to 6 times more.

      As for fruits and vegetables being cheaper in the grocery store, we don't totally agree with that. In many countries that we have been to, especially Mexico we always buy our fresh produce at the local market it is much cheaper and fresher than the stuff in the supermarket. I think that is probably the case here in Spain too if you go to the market that the locals use rather than one of these artisan, tourist/expat ones.

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