Ric Polansky

RIC POLANSKY
Moved to Mojacar in 1969 as a pioneer developer. He reads extensively and has travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.

IT‘S a story that haunts me to this day: I don’t really want to tell it, but it does allude to all ‘problems in Spain always got sorted out - then.’ Karen shouted to me, Joby is not getting up. He says he has aches and pains and is sweating…
AS if someone waived a magic wand parking spaces have opened up, traffic has diminished drastically and you can once again walk into favourite watering holes and restaurants without booking in advance. And, as if to put the jewel in the crown, we beach folk can once again visit our…
I am always pleased to be distant from town. Naturally I am asked where am I from and know fully well I only have to spit out the word ‘Mojacar’ and it is known and accepted. Unlike people from others places must say, Turre, Almeria to get their full meaning…
It could well be the most unique working olive grove in Spain. “Querencia” it is called, a place where one feels most secure and at home. In every case it offers something unusual for the visitor, a chance to adopt an olive tree for a friend or family. Maybe someone…
IN those long gone years it amused me to find every worker singing on each building site I visited. Rarely together, this is Spain, far too anarchical for a choir but typically their own individual songs concerning their present moods. Back then they all lived on marginal economic strains, barely…
DURING the heat of the blazing summer those of us that lived here had a secret code word to share with each other: ‘September.’ It simply meant soothing temps, the return of lost friends and a chance to get back to our prized daily routines before August abruptly disrupted our…
I HAVE been reminded that I start my 49th year living in Mojacar. Only a few special celebrations of this type should be remembered. But, September 10, 1979 I remember all too well. There were complications. My wife and children were in the states. My two closet buddies were away…
I AM asked often, “what did you do back then without TVs, radio, theatre and seemingly no where to go and nothing to do?” But, in the early days you only had to sit back and contemplate your next meal and you had a plethora of choices. Really good and…
JUST how long would it take you to get prepared to go the beach? Back in the 1970’s you searched for a towel and shut the door behind you. Nothing else was required. Those good old days are well gone. Truly forgotten. These modern times require that no part of…
SHE might have been around for at least four millenniums, but looks fashionably good today. The positive reports keep flowing in. So many friends I have met over the years return for the summer pilgrimage pronouncing rave reviews. They are all astounded how well the lovely Mojacar looks, both village…
LET us not talk about the Moors - that was a mere 500 years ago. The Romans? Well, just a millennial past. The Phoenicians - but 15 centuries worth of silver moons gone. Not long ago, some 6,000 years in the past were the Argars. A stone-age culture metamorphosed into…
WALT DISNEY was as American as they came. You can say it out loud: “Mother, apple pie, green back dollars and Uncle Walt.” MOJACAR’S STORY Don Jacinto, the former mayor of Mojacar frequently told the story that back in the 50’s some foreign guys showed up wearing dark suits and…
WE had been here less than two months and had too much time. We started strategising. Our plan was to stay two years, see some of Europe and naturally a few bullfights, flamenco, then go back to that comfortable world whence we came. With each passing day I was learning,…
ONCE upon a time it happened. But like all true fairy tales it occurred some 50+ years ago. Where were you then? If you had known and showed up, you cold have been rewarded with a free home or site to build on. Hard to imagine now when you look…
WITHIN five years of my arrival the village of Mojacar changed dramatically. The local folk were observant. Those foreign new arrivals spent money without seeming to care concerning drink. The wildly dressed new conquerors stumbled daily through a routine of going from bar to bar. It was a sign from…
THANK God, it was the last day of the tour. I had spent two days with a special church friend of my mother’s that had flown over to visit us. A strict Methodist so there was no stopping at bars and doing the usual (hic). But Helen was special and…
SUMMERS in the good ol’ days were lazy but packed with adventure. Every now and then someone new came to town and like blood sucking parasites we were on them garnering any bit of news from the outside world. They were all characters. America’s finest dare devil test fighter pilots…
THE difference today from how it was back in 1969 is best served up using the receipt for making old sangria versus what is served today. The difference is night and day. In fact, if you want to get technical and use the Real Academia’s written version, 90 per cent…
I have so often counseled the new arrivals here that I have worn myself out. “There are rules for understanding the magic of Spain”. I was becoming exasperated. So, spotting a friendly face at a near by table gave me just the right chance to converse with an old and…
TAKE a deep breath and let it all out again… Ahhhh. It’s good for you and for our entire area. The artists are coming back to Mojacar to live. Take some time and see their works. No longer has Isabel Raths to be her lonely self in the vanguard of…

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