I had lovely trip back to La Union a few weeks ago, and I actually hired a car for this trip, for the first time ever! I didn’t know how easy the process would be, but on arriving at Murcia International Airport, picking up the car went without incident, and I would say was a pleasure! Driving in the dark to La Union was a little nerve racking, especially as I had never driven on the right hand side of the road before, but after about 10 minutes, I was feeling more confident, and on arriving in the town, I was so happy that I even muttered under my breath, “It’s great to be home!”
Unfortunately, due to the recent Gota Fria, and the catastrophic damage it had caused, my bedroom suffered some rain water ingress, which meant that sleeping in there wasn’t a possibility. However, I am hoping that this will be fixed soon. The tenacity of the Spanish people really came to the fore when looking at the newspapers and watching the news over there, and realising how severe, in some regions, the damage truly was.
Within a day of arriving, I was lunching with my friends at Sinnott’s Bar at Las Isleta, Club Nautico, La Manga. A real gem of a bar, serving up an amazing three course roast dinner and wine, all at a very reasonable price.
A massive expanse of greenhouses, covering an area of 165 square miles of land in the Almeria region.
Greenhouses as far as the eye can see.
The highlight of the trip was driving to where Mar de Plastico is filmed, near to Almeria, a round trip of some 600 kms. Mar de Plastico translates to Plastic Sea. Myself and my partner have been watching this Spanish series on Netflix and really enjoyed it, so it was Simon’s suggestion that we go to where the filming is made, and I am so glad he did! I was nervous about making the long journey, as I had only had a couple of days’ experience of driving in Spain, but I enjoyed it so much. We stopped at a few cafes along the way for my coffee fix, and took photos looking down on the giant expanse of the greenhouses beneath us. The series was filmed, in part, in Campohermoso, a district of Vicar, in Almeria, the heart of the greenhouse production industry. It is the tale of a mayor’s daughter’s murder, set in the imaginary town of Campoamargo. This Spanish series is well worth a watch!
After only 5 days away, we were dropping the car off at the airport, and travelling back home. As soon as I arrived in the UK, I was making plans to go back again!
Next blog - Birthday celebrations and making plans for spending my first Christmas in La Union!