Now that’s what I call a good day! We made an early visit back down in Vilanova at the Orange shop where we managed to communicate enough to get a sim card with a small amount of credit on it so we could try to use it in our 3 dongle. Then we went to a DIY store to look for a bigger satellite dish (although I don’t believe size is everything!), couldn’t find what we looking for, popped into “Simply” again for a couple of things we were needing and on our way home we found a caravan accessories shop. We were hoping to buy a new handle for the door and a replacement tap but unfortunately neither was available.

When I tried to get the Spanish sim to work in my reprogrammed 3 dongle I was delighted that it actually worked again and we were bestowed with very fast 3G reception even in the caravan. That will do us now for emergencies as we can still use the campsite Wi-Fi most of the time for our daily needs. Thank you, Google, for showing us how to do this bit of trickery!

We’d been told there was a man on the site who would set up your TV for you if there were difficulties, so we took advantage of the service and asked him to call by and take a look. Not only did he call by, but he spent a couple of hours working away on the dish trying to pinpoint Astra 28. Eventually even he with his sophisticated electronic equipment had to admit defeat. The dish is just too small. He did however get a perfect fix on Astra 19, set our dish up, added some cable, put in new connectors and checked inside that the reception was good. It was! I almost had to prise his fingers open to accept a tenner for his trouble as it appears nobody usually gives him anything. Nice lad and a great opportunity for me to practise my Spanish.

We were due up in the restaurant at 7 p.m. for the dinner/dance so both jumped into the showers and generally tarted ourselves up a bit then strolled up the hill where we were surprised to find fifty or so fellow campers already at table. We joined a table of 6 English folk, ordered our food then started to chat. The dinner proved to be superb with 3 courses and a bottle of wine between two for 12 Euro per head, an absolute bargain.

The Dinner

The Dinner

The Missus

The Missus

The couple

The couple

Fred & Ginger

Fred & Ginger

After we had all finished eating, a compere came on and introduced a Spanish couple who would be teaching us the Pasa Doble and Foxtrot. That was the start of a riotous 2 hours on the dance floor although I thought Mary and I made some decent progress and our toes appeared to survive each other’s errors. It finished up at about 10 p.m. then we all made our way to the bar where drink was taken until we were thrown out at 11. Not surprisingly we just kept going, outside on the terrace, as it was quite warm. A short stagger home amidst loads of drunken laughter set the seal on a brilliant night for us.

P.S. We’ve had more trouble with our Internet connection than we first guessed we would, accounting for the unusually late arrival of this post. Hopefully I’ll manage to get through at something like my normal time in the days to come. Sorry, readers!

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