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Because I am still away, with no exact date of return yet, I invite you all to send in your favorite photos of Salobrena, and the surrounding area.  I will be very pleased to post them here and give you all the credit.

Please email me at oneblondepilgrim@yahoo.com

Cheers!

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Okay, besides the Flemenco Festivities, coming up we have the following things to do.

1. Photo exhibition on the main road at the beach on the Paseo Maritimo. This is the front line road the runs parallel to the beach. From the 16th-31st of August an exhibition called Fotos de Familia or Family Photos will be on display. These will be old photos of the town and surrounding area, which I think will be a very interesting thing to see. I will check it out and take some photos myself and report back. This is a Free one folks.

2. 21Aug is a show for children at the amphitheater located near Fuentes Park on the main road to the beach. Program starts 10pm. Entrance is Free.

3. 22Aug A concert by the local band school. Don’t snuff, these guys are very good. I know because I live right about the amphitheater. Show starts at 10pm and entrance is Free.

4. 24 Aug. A Blues night in La Caleta. Walking distance from Salobrena, this concert is held every year, and every year it’s great. It starts at 1030pm, entrance is Free and it located on the plaza located right by the ocean. Plaza de Lavadero. Performing is Fernando Beiztegui Blues band.

5. 26Aug Another Free concert in the amphitheater, in Salobrena, this time viola and piano. Performing are Sebastián Peszko and Irene Domingo Castaño. Concert starts at 930pm and entrance is free.

6. 27 Aug. Piano Concert in the Amphitheater starting 930pm, Free entrance. Performing is Alejandro Vaquero.

7 28Aug. At our Auditorium in town, a piano and guitar concert by Karim Adghal Tamayo and Irene Domingo Castaño. Entrance is Free and starts at 930pm

8. 30Aug. Crowning of Miss and Master Salobrena both infantile(6-8yr olds) and juvenile(16-21yr olds). We are electing the kings and queens of the Rosario festival 2008.

9. Last but not least the Creative Arts School is hosting an exhibition all of August.

Artists are Julia Sanchez-Montes, Guadalupe Peñafiel,Jelu Sanchez, Pilar Criado, Lara Ischenko, Nazareno Tisi, Jesus Fernandez, Enrico Pitoni,Jorge Lupion and Manuel Barros.

Hours are Mon-Sat 10am-1300 and 1800-2100 Entrance is free. From September onward, Manuel Barros will have a permanent exhibit there.


So don’t tell me you have nothing to do. There is plenty, and most of it is free..so take advantage while you are here and see something. The more support we give it, the more it drives the powers that be to produce more activities.

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This is for Angela who is arriving in August for 2 weeks. Definitely rent a car.. there is just so much to see and do in the area. One word of advice though. Get the smallest car you can deal with.. Resist the upgrade to the larger car, as the larger the car the harder the driving in the old town will be. Also, take out the MAXIMUM insurance.. Bumps and scrapes WILL occur.. the streets are incredibly narrow, and everyone here is basically a bad driver..lol. Don’t be frightened, be prepared. A good company to deal with is Crown Car.. they have a car depot in Almuñecar that is just 20min down the road, so should you need to return the car and get another or just get another, you will not have to go all the way back to the airport. I have people in a house right now, that have a car with clutch problems( this is common, so if when you pick up the car, the clutch does not seem right, take it back there and then) it’s a camel ride in the heat from Malaga airport, and weekend traffic can be quite heavy. If you are a golfer, and you don’t want to carry your clubs due to the expense, you can rent a car and clubs all in one go.. Look to the right of this post in the blog roll, and you will see listings for Must see places, restaurants in Salobrena, and the markets listed. I wonder if I know your cousin??

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Well as promised, here are a couple photos of the work being done up on Calle Antequera. It annoying, but they have re-routed the traffic down other streets. As I am sure anyone can appreciate, doing road works in the heat of the Spanish sun is not easy. Yesterday in the shade the air temp was 95F. So in fact, my hat goes off to these guys for getting a hard job done.

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I just received a comment from one reader regarding the amount of construction going on up in the old town at the moment. We do indeed have construction going on here at the moment and it is concentrated right up in the old town on Calle Antiquera which is one of the main roads down from the top of town. My own street, was under siege for almost 10 months, so I well know the agro involved with the streets being torn up.

What the town is doing, is laying new sewer pipes throughout the town. This involves a lot of jack hammers, digging and laying of new pipe and then new stone. Don’t even ask about the dust OY! The town is systematically going street by street and although annoying and tedious, it is very necessary. The construction mentioned in the comment, has been going on now since February.. These are huge undertakings that unfortunately take months to complete. The streets are narrow and quite steep which only adds to the already difficult task of construction in the hot sun.

I am truly sorry you had a disappointing visit. It is such a lovely town, but I think what a lot people forget, is that this is a working village, and not strictly a vacation resort. The people here need the new services being installed and are happy that the town is doing it even if it causes temporary traffic hardships. The amount of water damage that has been done to many of the homes here over the years do to cracked and rusted run off pipes is unbelievable. We look on it as a good thing in the long run as once it is complete, all will be well with the world again. If anyone is coming to Salobreña and would like to know the current construction situation at any given time, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I will advise accordingly.. Similarly, if you have any other queries regarding the area, I would be most happy to answer any and all questions. Pictures later today of the construction mentioned above.

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