22.05.2014 - 22.05.2014
One issue we had trying to purchase tickets to this port town in southern Spain was the Spanish lisp. Ç and S pronounced TH, leading to miscommunication. When I asked for two tickets to Algeciras, the attending responded Algethirith. Having figured it out once we wrote it down, we were on our way.
This is a small town with really nothing going on other than small town charm. The main reason people come here is for the crossing to Africa. The bus times do not line up with the ferry times so plan on staying a night unless you get lucky or rent a car.
We opted for more tapas. Sorry tapath. There was a restaurant across from our hostel that we opted for after wandering around town only finding closed restaurants and shoe stores. After some issues with the menu, they tend to not put prices on them, we found out that all of the tapas were shown in a glass case and we just had to point at which ones we wanted. While they were all good the stand out ones were the pork stuffed eggplant that was battered and fried and the pork skewers with spicy tomato sauce. Ben also really liked the fried and unfried cheeses we got.
We also stopped by the local market for break fest before our next destination. They had pretty standard fare and we ended up with salty churrittos (small churros) and fresh strawberries. Again we had an issue with the Spanish lisp. When I ordered the strawberries the farms asked, "no math". While I didn't figure it til later, I knew he was asking me if I wanted anything more. I said no and gracias to which he responded, "grathieth" but then said, "gracias". Once you get the hang of the lisp it isn't an issue but can lead to some confusion.
I don't remember if I have previously touched on this but Spain's dinner time is at 8 and doesn't really pick up until after 9. The hostel we stayed in is built above a cafe, which we had the pleasure of having the room with a terrace right above it.