|All set for dinner with friends at home on Thursday the summer solstice|
A year ago on Sunday it was my 60th birthday party and I well remember just how hot it was then, over 40ºc .Well on Sunday last it reached 32º and that has been the tonic ever since and temperatures are going to rise next week even more. Thankfully, here at our apartment it's slightly cooler.
It was on Sunday last that the Aquarius migrant ship with 2 others, arrived at the port of Valencia carrying over 600 refugees from Africa mostly; many of whom were unaccompanied minors. These were the people the new far right wing Italian government refused to let disembark in Italy. They will only admit migrants rescued at sea by the Italian sea guard, not international ONGs as was the case of the Aquarius.
|Some of the migrants arriving in Valencia|
The Aquarius migrants who will be well looked after in Spain and in France, and who had a huge welcome reception are just the tip of the iceberg though. Now that Spain has taken them in, there are literally thousands and thousands waiting on the shores of Libya or near Melilla and boats all over the Mediterranean sea about to come. The EU is not sure what to do and it's no easy question. I read of a proposal for a big camp for them all somewhere in Africa where they could be held in decent conditions until they are sorted as legitimate or non legitimate refugees, i.e they are escaping violence or war or are coming to earn more money. Frankly I feel for both types. I mean all those who populated the USA at the beginning of the last century were mostly people looking for a better life. The real solution lies in helping them economically in their countries of origin but I'm afraid I tend to agree with Jesus Christ who said "the poor will always be with you". So yes, there was a huge reception for the Aquarius migrants but the problem has not gone away.
Oli's boyfriend who is a TV cameraman and works in Valencia, paid us a surprise visit that morning with 5 of his colleagues who had been on a caravan holiday in Galicia. All of the them would be involved in covering the news of the Aquarius migrants upon their return to work in Valencia on Monday. I told Miguel how lucky he was to be part of what I considered "world wise news".
I had quite a lazy Sunday, enjoying having the house and pool to ourselves with no Airbnb guests. The hen party girls left that morning without saying goodbye which was a bit rude, especially when they had come with 3 more friends and had a party when my 2 major house rules are: no extra guests and no parties. I think they were first time Airbnb guests and thankfully are the exception to the generally really nicely behaved people who come.
Having finished Bill Clinton's book The President is Missing which I can highly recommend if you like suspense, I turned to a completely different genre; North Korean defector biographies of which I have read many. "Dear Leader" is not just another escape story because of the status of Jan Jin-sung who worked in intelligence and even once met Kim Jong Il, the current dictator's frightening father. He is probably the defector with the most inside information of how this hermetic country is run, ever to have made it to South Korea. His story is astonishing to say the least.
In between reading I bathed as it was so hot. In fact last Sunday was my first bathe of the year. It was Oli's too when she came back from a barbecue with friends.
Meanwhile, in Russia, the world cup was underway with some countries making their debut. There have been some shocks since it started with a lot of the big teams struggling. Mexico stunned the German champions by winning 1.0 and Brazil drew with little Switzerland, another shocker.
But the good sports news for Spain on Sunday didn't come from Russia but from France. Fernando Alonso, the Formula 1 driver won the Le Mans 24 hours "endurance test". That was quite big although I would prefer him to perform better in F1. He won it twice a few years ago but has not done well since. He was pleased though as you can see in the photo below.
|Fernando Alonso won the 24h Le Mans last Sunday|
|Oli doing something different on Monday|
|Pedro Sanchez' first interview on TV after becoming Prime Minister|
|Elsa after she came back from the vet on Tuesday, a bit drowsy and hopefully no longer in pain.|
|Mariano Rajoy received by a crowd of journalists as he arrived for work on Wednesday in Santa Pola|
|A shot from Oli's programme on Croatia|
|Suzy enjoying life in Bali|
|Oli on the job in Tampa - here with a Spanish medic who researches in cancer|
|Spain beat Iran 1-0|
|Some of the fruit we bought on Thursday|
|Summer solstice dinner with our friends Javier and Ana|
|Melania Trump's unfortunate choice of jacket when she visited separated migrant children this week.|
|Suzy on her scooter in Bali|
|The cliffs of Uluwatu in Bali|
|Eladio resting on our small terrace after our arrival on Friday evening|
|Eladio's first bathe in the sea this year|
|Oli with the "hooter girls"|