Although this is called the views of a grumpy old man there are days that as grumpy as I start the day, something happens and even I have to just smile and today was one of those days.
Today is Sunday 18thJune – Father’s Day. I got a text from my daughter Dr S at 8.45am saying she had just woken up and wanted to wish me Happy Father’s Day and she was going back to sleep as she had had a late night but she would Facetime me later. I sent her a message back saying ‘thanks and chat later.’
Most Sundays we walk the dog along the Paseo in Los Boliches, then have a coffee and watch the world go by.Today was no different.We walked our dog, had coffee and were chit chatting away and then Mrs S said that I should send our daughter a video thanking her for my card and telling her I was having a nice day. So I said OK, Mrs S starts filming and all of a sudden I feel a tap on my shoulder and there she is – my baby girl! The crafty so and so had tricked her supposedly shrewd old man and at 8.45am she was actually boarding the plane to Malaga. She had set the whole thing up with her Mum whose mission was to keep me on the Paseo until 1pm. Mission successful.
I am thrilled she is here till Wednesday and I’m going to love every minute of it.
Ok that’s enough of that mushy stuff. Back to being grumpy. I just got back from Croatia after a week’s holiday with 14 blokes to celebrate one’s 60th birthday. I have to say Croatia is a beautiful place. Good food and friendly people.
We went to an island called Vis and it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. The only way round it is by boat so we had great fun. So what’s there to be grumpy about you may ask. Well I’ll tell you.Although they do accept euros their actual currency is the kuna.
So, I got some from one of the lads coming out from the UK and also from an ATM. On the way back to Spain I stayed in Split overnight and went to the local casino and won some more in a poker tournament. All good stuff. Anyway, I come back to Spain and go to my favourite bureau de change and asked them to change the kuna for me.‘No can do – we don’t change kuna, you have to go to the bank. I went to my bank and, guess what, they won’t change them either!
Now I’m trying to change money from Croatia, not some country where the local currency is sea shells and chicken livers. We are talking about legal tender. Anybody got any ideas? Because I just don’t get it. Email me [email protected]