Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Four Lions, No Waiting

I returned today to the National Police for my appointment to replace my lost residency card. As you may recall, the Englishman at the front desk Thursday gave me mis-information, telling me I needed to go to Málaga to replace my card. After phoning the Málaga police station I learned the truth. I needed to go back to the Fuengirola office. I did and I received an appointment along with the forms to be completed. Per instructions, I paid the 15.31€ fee at the bank and I made a copy of every page of my passport, including blanks. 

Today, I waited 45 minutes for my number to be called. The officer who helped me was professional and pleasant. He told me I was perfectly prepared, except I only needed to provide a copy of the front page of my passport. He had the assistance of an expert staff member to look up my info in the database. The staff member — also professional and pleasant — gave me another form that indicated I owed an additional 3.06 €. He said the wrong price had been written on the first form. The staff person told me I could make the payment at the bank and come right back. I wouldn't have to wait again. The nearest bank was 5 blocks away. I filled out the form. I paid the fee. I walked back to the police station. In 30 days, I go back to pick up my new card... from the Englishman at the front desk.

I took a taxi there today and I walked home. My bacterial infection has returned and so have the antibiotics. But I'll whine about that another day. (Meanwhile, click any image to see a bit of what I saw.)

THE WALK HOME.


Before the walk did me in, I passed Fuengirola's main post office. It's a contemporary building that backs onto a charming small plaza filled with restaurants and shops.

THE MAIN POST OFFICE.

The plaza, as I mentioned, is charming. The post office is a large white marble box. But, someone gave it a little charm by placing four lions' heads on the entrance ramp. You drop your mail in the appropriate lion's mouth. There's a lion for local mail in the city of Fuengirola, one for Málaga Province, one for the other 49 provinces of Spain, and a final lion for anywhere else in the world. Four lions, no waiting.

THE REST OF THE PROVINCES.

15 MINUTES FROM HOME AND NEEDING A SIT-DOWN.
NO SENSE IN WASTING THE MOMENT.

20 comments:

  1. Well, so much for the first comment......
    What did I say?
    Oh yes, it just may be your perfect Spanish Mitch that makes all this 'red tape' a much easier task than it was in the past.
    I really like those lions and very tidy and usable.
    Good that you stopped to rest and just look at that view! take care.

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    1. Jim:
      It was a dreary day, but it didn't rain on me. You're right about my improved Spanish making things much easier. I still get caught up at times, but it's so much better than before.

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  2. That lion looks rather grumpy, kind of like me.
    Infection? Take care of yourself and feel better soon.

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    1. Jacquelienand....
      And I LOVE that lion. I'm taking care of myself. Thanks!

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  3. I like the 4 lions (no waiting). At our post office, we have two ordinary drop-slots: "Gresham", and "everywhere else". Of course, both slots dump into the same bin. :)

    Sorry to hear about the infection returning. Guess I can't blame the mold this time. Hope you recover lots sooner than last year.

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    1. Jo:
      The lions were a nice surprise on the contemporary building. I haven't (yet) found out their history. I'm guessing they were on the old post office building. I can't imagine the infection could have had anything to do with the mold in Sevilla from a year ago... but oh the fantasies I have of suing the pants off that guy!

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  4. Oh, darn, sorry to hear that the infection is back. I'm glad the antibiotics are, too.
    Lots of walking! A bit of frustration! Grrr! But lovely town scenery :) Love the colors, and love the four lions, no waiting :)

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    1. Judy:
      I'm glad I managed to get really long walks in four days in a row before the infection (and probably more-so the antibiotics) knocked me out. I love those lions, especially the one that says EXTRAÑJEROS above it.

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  5. love the vibrant colours of the buildings....

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    1. Mike:
      Those colors are unusual for Fuengirola. I love what it does for that plaza.

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  6. The thing that pisses me off about taking antibiotics is that I can't drink wine (or anything alcohol) while taking them. Sometimes I have to make a choice :-) Glad you're opting to get well. Love those Lions... can't you just see a roll of postage stamps spitting out of one of their mouths? I know, I know... they don't do that... just for intake.

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    1. Sharon:
      Amen to that. I've been counting down to when I can have a glass of wine, and Pionono, and Bailey's Irish Cream, and Lumumba...

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  7. I just got around to looking up Fuengirola on a map. Back in the summer of 1978 when I was visiting Spain with a bunch of other Discalced Carmelite students from the States, we spent the last week of our visit at Benajarafe in a small house belonging to the friars of the Andalusian Province. It was right on the beach and very hard to leave it behind to come back to the States! I realize it is not nearby, but neither it is that far away from your lovely spot.

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    1. Michael:
      You had some wonderful experiences as part of your studies. I've started reading a bit about the Discalced Carmelites to understand things more. Benajarafe is less than an hour away (and also in Málaga Province)... but we've never been there.

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  8. It takes persistence to work your way through all this red tape! But in the end it is accomplished and you get to have a very nice walk along the way. Love the lions. The way my mind works I am wasting a bit too much time outlining a novella around my thoughts about a possible life for the person who designed them, and the one who decided they should be designed. Be well, Mitch! Hope your antibiotics work quickly. Take some probiotics.

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    1. Kristi:
      Imagination and outlining a novella are never a waste of time. I think the antibiotics are working (the side-effects certainly are) and maybe I'll start with amateurbiotics before moving on to semiprobiotics. Then the real thing.

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  9. the lions are wonderful; I am all for ornate to utilitarian

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    1. Spo:
      They could have simply been slots in the wall. I love the fact that someone thought it was worth the effort.

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  10. Remind me to tell you more about the "English man on the front desk" next time I see you x

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    1. Deborah:
      I can't wait to hear it. (He was at least very pleasant this go-round...)

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