Pros and Cons

Something I have always loved about living in other countries is how it gives you a fresh, outsider view of your own country when you return. There are always good and bad sides to this. For example, I miss the convenience of everything in the US and how cheap everything is, especially electronics. For example, please observe the price tag on this new iPhone:

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Right now, because the dollar has absolutely tanked, that equals $1,346.07. You’ll notice the display phone itself is reserved for someone. (Note: these are sold in cell phone stores, no Apple stores here).

But then, living here things are much more relaxed. OK, work doesn’t get done and apartments are generally crap. But then, the enforcement of laws are generally relaxed as well. Don’t get me wrong, this place is no Mexico, it’s a wealthy European city. But dogs run free beside their owners, people take their beer and wine for walks around town, nearly everyone has a pot plant growing on their terrace openly, and there is a guy who rides his bicycle around town every day completely nude. Yesterday, I saw him ride right in front of three police officers who did not even turn their heads. The down side of this is that when you make dinner plans for 9:30pm, you will frequently receive a text message at 10:00pm saying hey, see you at 10:30. If you receive a text at all.

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Offroad Spain

I know I am overdue for a new post –  So much has happened I don’t even know where to begin.  First, I will start with the announcement that I have had the chance to go offroad riding a couple of times, thanks to my friend Uwe and his multiple dirtbikes. Uwe is headed to Morocco to go ride around for 6 months with a couple others and I’m invited. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to go for more than a long weekend.

Meanwhile, I have been working remotely full time for my previous employer in the US. Because I write by trade, it means at the moment I don’t have the patience to create anything here worth a crap (not that anything I wrote before was worthwhile either).

But I can still press the button on a camera or iPhone.

Here are some photos from a couple rides I took in Valls, Spain last week. I took them just for you. Enjoy.

Dog friendly

Spain is really dog friendly – dogs join people eating outside at restaurants, in supermarkets, on the beach, and walking around town – and 50 percent of the time they are not on leashes.

At my new gym yesterday, which is in a larger complex with a cinema, I found this sign.

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Now I really like this place. Anywhere that has a hitchin’ post for dogs is a place for me.