Four wheel drive adventure in the Sahara Desert, Mauritania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Chinguetti, Mauritania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Back to Morocco on January 31st.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Grocery shopping in Spain

We woke up at our gorgeous overnight spot and it was cold. -4C (25F), to be exact. I had Max's furnace set for 12C (54F) overnight, so we were comfortable enough sleeping. 

But rather than use up more propane to warm things up, we decided to drive back down to the motorhome area and empty our tanks and do some driving and let the engine heat warm us up.

Down at the motorhome area, it was pretty much full! So glad that we decided to move up to the other spot. We used the dump facilities, but the fresh water fill wasn't convenient so we carried on.

Sunrise at 8:07am.

Pretty sky.

Old bridge.

Different church steeple.

Motorhome headed the opposite way.

There was actually quite a lot of traffic headed the other way. Many vehicles with skis on the roof, so we're guessing because it was Saturday they are headed to Andorra to go skiing.

We pulled into another motorhome aire to get water, but we didn't have the correct fitting.

Motorhome aire rules.

Driving through another town.

Central square with decorated trees.

We stopped at another motorhome aire in another town and filled our water and stayed for lunch.

Grapes and olives.

Castle in a town.

You never want to stay in an area that has these things. 
It means it's generally windy!

Scenery along the way.

Yesterday's drive 124 kms (77 miles)

We decided to stop in the town of Montblanc. We're now only about 40kms from the coast and we're down to about 300 meters (1,100') altitude, so things are starting to warm up. Calling for a high of 15C (60F) tomorrow. That's a little better!

We got Max parked up just outside the town. It's just a big empty parking lot, so nothing special. But we could walk to a big grocery store.

We've been seeing a lot of these signs in the towns along the way.

It turns out they're advertising a tv telethon to raise money for cardiovascular disease. The Bum Bum is actually pronounced Boom Boom, which would be the sound of the heart pumping. 

Scenery along the way.

We walked over to the Mercadona grocery store to do some shopping. 

Ruth in the well stocked meat section.

Cured ham is a popular product in Spain.

This grocery store has wide aisles and you are to leave your cart in the middle of the aisle while you go pick up your items. This way, the carts stay out of the way. Seems logical.

Red wine at €1.30 ($1.85 CAD, $1.37 USD) per bottle.

There's been a lot of talk about food inflation, and Spain is no different over the past year. But prices are still reasonable in our opinion. In fact, if you want to do a grocery challenge, go to your local store and see what these items would add up to in your area...

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Total of €50.14 ($71.26 CAD, $52.84).
How much would these items cost where you live?

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I think we're going to stay put today and explore the town. 


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  1. Thanks for adding me to the list, Kevin.
    The grocery prices seem reasonable and most less than in the US. I found it interesting that several items have different names than in Mexico, even though both are Spanish-speaking countries (zanahorias for carrots, pepitas for pumpkin seeds, and queso for cheese, for example). Do you find any difficulties with your Spanish in Spain vs. in Mexico, where you've spent more time?

    1. I'm glad it worked! Yes, I should have mentioned that we are in Catalonia, and the main language is Catalan. Spanish is the secondary language in this region. So no, when people speak Spanish here, it's pretty much the same as in Mexico. Unlike in Colombia where we found it very different.


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