Almerimar

Just a couple of messages from Christina G. Sorry for the delay in publishing. We went away for a long weekend.

A language academy in El Ejido is looking for a native speaking English person to teach English. The place is Centro Europeo and there phone number is 639 57 52 40.

Now that the busy summer season is over Christina is working with the council to help foreigners get help with access to council services. She was in the town hall office between 10:00 and 11:00am this morning to help provide translation services for anyone wishing to deal with issues they have with the council. This was the first of what is likely to become a regular service provided by Christina. (We should be able to give more notice of the service here in the future - the timing this first time was just bad luck as we were away and avoiding phones and computers for a lot of last weekend. So we did not get the opportunity to announce it in advance.)

Rain in Almerimar - 7 September 2015

You can see a lot more photos from the rain earlier today in the Gallery on the site. This is the 9th fairway close to the green.

Rain in Almerimar - 7 September 2015

This is the approach road to Darsena 1.

Tourist office open unofficially in Almerimar - August 2015

Earlier this afternoon I was driving to Mercadona to get the bottles for Friday golf and spotted that the tourist office doors were open. There was also a sign on the door showing the opening times.

I wandered in and had a quick chat with the guy working there.

The office is not open officially yet as they are still waiting for more furniture and display stands etc. However from today, Thursday 20 August 2015, it will be manned during the opening times in the photo above.

There is not much material in there yet. However the guy who spoke to me was very friendly and helpful.

The office is in Porto Fino, over the road from the golf course car park. There is no easy parking directly outside it as it is on a main road. So it is probably best to park in the golf car park if you want to pay a visit to the office.

Jacqui and I have been busy over the weekend so I have just noticed this article that was published on the Portal Ejido site last Friday.

Lets hope that Almerimar gets priority when fibre optic internet rolls out beyond El Ejido. Everyone must know that the internet service in Almerimar is creaking at the moment.

Read More for a Google translation of the article.

When I was driving past the new tourist office I noticed that there is some furniture in there now. I guess they might be getting around to open it reasonably soon.

We have received the following from one of our readers Eddie W...

"The Bahia Del Golf apartment complex is now owned (Except for a number of families who own their apartments) by Banco Popular.  I have been told that Sun Services have been closed down and the Bank will be starting work In December 2016 to completely bring the site back up to scratch with a community board etc.

Any information that any of your readers might have would also be appreciated."

Almerimar Junta Local Facebook page

A message from Christina G about information about local events this summer......

"What you can do, is inform your readers that if they want to check out the activities being provided by the Junta Local they can consult our Facebook page which is in English and Spanish and is Almerimar Junta Local."

You can access the page here even if you are not on Facebook.

One event I enjoy, 1001 gazpachos, is taking place tomorrow night. Sadly I am double booked.

It is a bit different here from when we used to live in London. Today there were two problems on the roads close to Almerimar.

The first one was on the dual carriageway coming down from the motorway. There was a traffic queue at one of the roundabouts because we had to wait for a herd of goats to go across the dual carriageway.

Then at the Velas Blancas roundabout the road down towards Mercadona was closed and you had to use Calle Alcor. It looked like this was because some gardeners were cutting the grass.

Just received this info from one of our readers Mary M.....

"Just a warning to everyone. The handbag dips are at work in Mercadona again. I got my purse taken put of my handbag by distraction technique in the basement carpark this morning.

Just hope I get all all the paperwork back as easily as the last person I heard of."

It is a local bank holiday in the area today. Nevertheless there were some people working on preparing the tourist office in Almerimar for opening.

I stopped and asked them how long until it opens and they said still a few weeks. I then suggested the beginning of August and they agreed with that estimate.

So it looks like the office will be open at some point this summer but not in time for the whole of the summer.

Further to the story here from last month.

In the last 4 days I have heard of two instances of cars with foreign registration plates being impounded in Almerimar

Just spotted a link from the Junta Local of Almerimar Facebook page to a video of Almerimar on the Ejido a debate page. You do not have to be on Facebook to view the page.

If you click on the link above you can then view the video from the Facebook page.