Almerimar

I think that today is an informal local "bank holiday". So that people can recover from the fiesta of San Isidro that has been taking place the last few days.

So do not be surprised if you see some local businesses not opening today.

The man from Movistar was back this morning to pick up the key to our comms rooms. I asked him how long it would take and he said he was not sure. He said that he would give me the key back when he had completed the work.

Still no sign of the staff putting in a similar distribution facility in the building for the other companies (Jazztel, Orange etc.).

It looks like we are slowly inching forward to joining the 21st century.

Will the Roquestas flyover to Grand Plaza be completed before we get fibre-optic internet? The race is on.

Congratulations to El Ejido Football Club. Yesterday they drew 0-0 away against CD Laredo after winning the first leg 1-0 at home last weekend.

This means that they have won their play-offs and have now been promoted.

Painted pyramid -22 May 2016

Jacqui and I were out and about in town late this morning. We managed to take a few photos of bits and pieces of what is going on.

One picture we did not get was of the windows having been installed in the shop over the road from Mercadona. We were in the car and we had people behind us so we could not stop. I will take a picture of there another time.

The picture above is of the newly painted top of the pyramid.

Read More to see pictures of a few other changes we spotted on our journey around town.

For years the pyramid has looked a mucky colour. Particularly the top half of it. I think someone painted the bottom half some time ago.

Yesterday I saw a man on a cherry picker painting the top half of it. I was in a rush and did not get a chance to take a picture. I will take one and publish it here when I get a chance.

Since around 12:00 noon today a lot of places in Almerimar seem to have lost access to the internet. I have heard of a number of reports of continuing problems.

Luckily for us so far we have not had a problem today. So I guess it may be restricted to people "down the hill".

Over the last few days one of our readers spotted some guys doing some work in the street somewhere near the D'Bar. Today I was walking past Mercadona and I spotted guys pulling cable over the road in the pavement outside Porto Fino. I asked them about it and they said it was preparation work for the installation of fibre-optic cable in Almerimar.

It was around 1 March 2016 that it was first announced that we would be getting the option of faster internet. At that time it was suggested that it might be ready for people in apartment blocks to order the service in around 2-3 months. That would make it available to purchase around May or June. So not long now all being well.

Today I received a letter from Endesa (our electricity company) about the installation of a smart electricity meter for us.

The letter says that the installation will take place some time this quarter (April-June 2016 I guess). It also says that there will be up to a 30 minute outage in electricity while the new meter is fitted.

After the meter has been installed we will get a letter giving us details of the final reading on the old meter.

The cost of the installation is covered by Endesa. After the new meter has been installed the cost per month for rental of the meter is 0.81 euros (excluding tax I guess).

The letter also says that once the new meter is installed all bills will be based on actual meter readings getting rid of the need for estimated readings for some periods.

No doubt others in town will receive similar letters or have already done so.

Just a quick warning. It appears that burglars are at work in Almerimar at the moment. I have heard of 2 houses being burgled recently.

I suggest people keep their eyes open for unusual behaviour, take down details and contact the police if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

The information I got yesterday about fibre-optic internet installation in our block was incorrect.

The people who visited Jacqui yesterday were a site assessment team from Movistar. They have now checked our block and said that the Movistar installation of fibre-optic internet to our block should take place in around 2 months.

So it looks like we will have two competing installations of fibre-optic internet to the block. One for Movistar and one for a consortium of other suppliers (Orange, Jazztel etc.).

So we still have a few more months of very very very slow internet to put up with.

As I have written earlier all being well we will have fibre-optic internet in Almerimar later this year.

Today I was in El Ejido so I popped in to the Orange shop to check whether they had any information about pricing. They gave me some information that I guess is based on what is being rolled out in El Ejido now.

For the first year the cost would be just over 37 euros a month. For subsequent years the cost would be just over 44 euros a month.

For this you get a fixed landline with free calls to fixed land lines in Spain. Plus 1000 minutes of calls a month to Spanish mobile phones on the evening during the week (8pm - 8am) and all the time at the weekends.

Plus an internet service with maximum speed of 50Mb/s in both directions. This is provided via a Livebox wi-fi router.

I believe they also do deals for combined packages including mobile phones as well.