WATER USE: A couple of years ago, I received a bill of more than €600, after a leak from a garden pipe I hadn't detected for months. Since the insurance company wouldn't pay out, I resolved to compensate myself by lowering my bills. As there's no shortage of rain-water during much of the year here, the principal way I've done this is by using both this and the ample hot water run-off to flush all the toilets and by keeping the showers short. And this has paid off. My bills are very much lower and I reckon I'll have paid back the €600 in a couple more years. Of course, the bills aren't as low as they'd be in, say, the UK because the fixed costs are so high. But that's life in monopoly-supplier Spain.
EATING IN PORTUGAL: I mentioned my favourite restaurant yesterday. A word of advice - Starve yourself for several hours before eating in Portugal. You usually get enough potatoes/chips for 2 people. PLUS a helping of rice. 'Carbohydrate overload', as someone once called it.
LOCAL THIEVES?: The police are reported to have broken up a gang which was both robbing people and burglarising houses. And making enough money to stay in 4 and 5 star hotels as they moved round the country. They're described as 'Albanikosovans'. A new word to me.
FINALLY: Don't overlook my other - less locally focused - blog – Thoughts from Galicia.
For the Pontevedra English Speaking Society, contact Dylan on 607 803 151 or 986 861 070. Calle Echegaray 16 3D.