Wednesday 17th December 2014
We have a neighbouring campsite ‘Camping Playa de Poniente’ and, prior to our arrival here, it was our chosen location for the festive period.
However, after inspecting the site I rejected it as being too much like a refugee camp – but maybe that was just me being a little bit harsh; in truth I was annoyed at the time wasted in just coming here and producing a zero (for us).
It is the type of camping that we don’t particularly like – canopied caravans everywhere make for an ambiance that is just a few shades better than the picture in my head of what a refugee camp is all about.
Naturally, it’s entirely my fault for not being more tolerant, for maybe having a snobbish attitude about the places I’m prepared/want to stay, but hey, life is too short to hang around in places that you don’t want or need to be in, and, when I wake up each day, I know what I want to see around me to create a feel-good factor about the day ahead – and this ain’t it.
Swerving ‘Depression City’ is a hobby of mine!
Like many of us, I was taught that if I didn’t have anything positive to say about something/someone then don’t say anything at all – well, screw that – too late now!
But, to redress the balance, I thought that it might be a good idea to gather some pictures of the camping so that you are better able to make up your own mind about the ‘premier’ site at this location.
On the positives front, I will say that Camping Playa de Poniente has a lot of pitches occupied so there must be something that attracts people – it has a small supermarket (which we use!), it has a bar that is actively being used, it has some sports facilities and it may or may not have better ‘Whiffy’ than Camping Playa Granada.
The latter has seriously deteriorated in recent days at Camping Playa Granada to the extent that it is taking a minimum of 3 hours to upload pictures for just one blog – some have taken most of the day to upload!
Maybe I should resize the pictures but we like that they fill the ‘big screen’.
Digressing – I did approach the Camping Playa Granada staff to request a better service (I suspected they had a data limit per user id and that it was a miniscule amount) and, after introducing an interpreter (a French caravanner who speaks German, Spanish and English in addition to his native language), the story unfolded that we are ‘at the end of the line’ of service and a) it is always bad from 8:00am through to after midnight (I already knew that as I’ve been getting up at 6:00am to upload blog pictures!) and that b) it will now be worse over Christmas/New year due to the influx of new arrivals.
Tomorrow I will be in Motril chasing a sim for one of our MiFi devices – enough is enough!
Back to the plot (no pun intended), here is a pictorial walk through of Camping Playa de Poniente:
Amanda says that I’m being rude making comments about other folks prized possessions but where we stop-over is a big part of this lifestyle for me and I have already felt that our surroundings can make a big difference.
It wasn’t a major consideration before we left bricks and mortar for this lifestyle, probably because we viewed it from our bricks and mortar ‘Ivory Tower’, but, we now have some experience out here in full-timer land, and, be honest, if you had the choice of 2 cars to make a long journey in which of the following would you choose:
1) A banger, like my first car, a Ford Anglia, it broke down frequently, looked like a well-battered stock car and you used your trousers belt to keep the door from flying open when cornering
2) A pimped out (old man style – ‘Elegance’?) leathered car with auto lights/wipers/cruise/comms system, etc.
Both are going get you there but how do you want to travel?
I will choose the one that makes Me/Mine feel good!
One more blog to come before our mutual Day-of-days!