Hot, Hungry and in Desperate Need of a Shower
When I finally arrived at my holiday destination it was after 10pm, I was feeling hot and hungry and in desperate need of a shower! Hostel Le Penguin
was pretty basic but the friendly staff made up for any discomfort (nothing I couldn’t handle) I felt. Actually, everybody I met there was friendly and interested in eachother. Eating breakfast together with whomever was sitting outside, on Saturday the owner of the hostel fired up the BBQ and I vaguely remember we all went out together on Friday to a bar that you could only access if you knew the ‘secret’ location, a knock on a for me random door allowed us entry.
Exploring a New City - Day 2
I love exploring (to me) new cities! On Friday, my 1st full day, I got up early to make the most of my stay. The coastal city turned out not to be too big and since I was there for another 3 full day’s I took my time as I strolled around. I ended up at a very touristic part of the boulevard where I bought a ticket for a boat trip to the deserted island ‘Deserta’ (great name!). It was super nice to see the city from the water and in 25 minutes the boat reached the small island. 2 hours later the boat would pick us up again so that gave me plenty of time to look around. I am not much of a ‘lying on the beach in the sun’ person but do like to walk along the coastline, look for seashells, seeing people struggle with their blow up beach chair.
When I arrived back in town it was about dinnertime. I felt like having some local seafood but didn’t want to pay top dollar (or Euro..). I found a budget seafood restaurant on TripAdvisor and decided to give it a try. ‘O Chavalar
’ turned out to be great! I had a craving for oysters and needed a fix. Well, this budget seafood restaurant provided me with the best oysters I ever tasted! I got about a dozen to myself and each and every one was delish. I also ordered a plate of sardines and they kept me busy for quite a while since they came as a whole, including bones. That was ok, I had plenty of time to debone them. This because I ordered ‘a white whine’ and apparently this meant ½ liter of wine. It all was yummy but I did fear the bill a little. The place was listed as a budget restaurant, but perhaps I did not understand everything right, the waiter didn’t speak English too well and I meant to order 1 glass of wine but got half a bottle. I couldn’t believe it when the whole bill was just €14!
€6 for the super fresh oysters (50ct a piece!!! Here in NL they cost €2,50 most of the times), €6 for the super fresh sardines and €2 for the wine.
I came back the next day for another batch of oysters, scallops and a beer (the beer was 80ct). TIP
: Often they bring you a starter before asking you for one. Don’t want it? You can just send it back and they won’t charge you for it.