By Veronica

Christmas walk

A lazy, unChristmassy day. After breakfast and present-opening (books, hurrah!) we went for a short walk along the coast to Cotobro. As you can see it was a lovely day, and we were soon too warm. We sat on the beach for a short while, and saw a man arrive, fling off all his clothes, and hurl himself into the water. We gave him a round of applause; it can't have been that pleasant, as he leapt out again as soon as his wife had made a photographic record.

We'd booked lunch at our local chiringuito, the Dorada de Plata. This was slightly risky as we haven't eaten there before. The special Christmas menu wasn't all that Christmassy; the food was OK but nothing special. However, it wasn't expensive and it was a lovely day to be eating almost on the beach.

Chilled (or rather toasted by the woodburner) at home in the afternoon. In the evening we went to the cinema to see Everybody Knows, with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The acting was excellent, but it's hardly a feelgood Christmas movie. Throughout, the dialogue involved people either shouting, crying, or whispering so I didn't grasp about 80% of it. Luckily, S had seen it before with French subtitles; though I grasped the broad outlines, there were many points where he had to explain what someone had just said. So it was hard work, and the moral of the story appeared to be that the only nice person (Paco, played by Javier Bardem) gets shafted by all the others. So really not very uplifting! Also, it was too long; many scenes could have been cut by half, especially the wedding.

Anyway, a belated Happy Christmas to you all!

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