First five days in Costa Del Sol
Trip Start Jun 24, 2005
86Trip End Mar 24, 2008
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We rented a small diesel VW Polo for 10 days. It is smaller than a Golf but is an average sized car here. The stick shift is not bad and the engine has spunk for the highways. I enjoyed very much my drives along their coastal highway last time I was here. However, the gush of new tall buildings along the highway block what used to be a beautiful unobstructed view of the Meditereanean.
We drove to the Mountain town of Ronda yesterday
LG flat screen monitors, Sony TVs and Haier air conditioners are everywhere here but seldom do you see Asian people besides the few who have opened Chinese restaurants. Tourists are mainly British or German so we often get stares.
Shoe making has historically been a strong industry for Spain. You will find a variety of shoe stores along the streets with many selling Spanish made leather shoes and sandals. However, as with all industries, innovations and outside competition always threaten to change the status quo. There is much bitterness towards the low priced Chinese made shoes especially by the shoe industry unions. Shoes on delivery trucks and in shops have been burned. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand it is obviously unlawful. But it also illustrates a part of human ugliness when they decide what is their right (in this case, selling shoes at their desired price) has been violated.