Ken and Angie have been friends of ours since we were about 14, Barbara and I started riding motorcycles as a result of Ken's Dad buying him a motorcycle and me getting to ride it around his tiny backyard.
|Angie and Ken|
|Not a very clear picture but L to R Barbara, Ken, Angie, Me and Ken|
We're all retired now, and have chosen different ways to enjoy that stage of our lives. Ken and Angie have a holiday home here in Gergal Spain, which lies between Grenada and the west coast in the arid hills of Andalucia.
|Walking into the village with the castle in the hill|
Strangely enough the mechanic took a look at the van and announced there was nothing wrong with it!! He showed me how to jamb the gear lever hard over and push it into first, once there it stayed in gear and drove just fine! So much for the previous mechanic declaring it deceased.. We thanked Juan (the mechanic) and Anne, and we went out and celebrated. Something has changed it the gear linkage that changed the feel of it going into 1st gear but quite how and why we don't understand.
And the celebration started almost as soon as we arrived in town. Another friend of Ken and Angie, (who is also called Ken), was staying with them too and all 5 of us went to the local bar. Being Spain/Europe we didn't go out until 8.30pm and we happily drank beer while sitting in the square outside the bar until 11.30pm. The beers include a plate of "Tapas", which are snack size portions of food including shrimp, beef, sausage and a few fries. It's a delightful way to spend and evening, and being a small village everyone one knows everyone else so their are frequent calls of "Hola", handshakes, hugs and kisses on the cheek.
|Narrow steep streets off the village square|
|Kids and squirt guns for the San Juan celebration|
|The church and castle with the white houses on the side of the hill make this so picturesque|
|Barbara, Angie and Anne (With the hat) at the market|
Anne was our translator at the garage
|13 for lunch, Cortijillo Restaurant|
|Bob's "TriBsa" motorcycle. Half Triumph and half BSA|
|Bob and Sheila's Pool|
|Pretty village from the restaurant.|