Olivia de Lopez y Los Boliches

As you may remember, we have a friend (made of cement) who has traveled with us around the USA and across the Atlantic. Her name is Olivia and she was given to us by our friend Judy (in Seattle and not made of cement). Olivia was first adopted by Judy and given to her parents who had a cabin on Lopez Island, part of the San Juan Islands north of Seattle. When Olivia arrived in Sevilla, we decided to christen our home “Casa de Olivia de Lopez.” Now she’s here with us in Fuengirola; click here for the story of Olivia in Irvine and click here for Olivia’s first sighting in Sevilla. Her new incarnation: Olivia de Lopez y Los Boliches.


Still Sharp
When I lived in the USA, I never saw a wandering/whistling knife sharpener. As you might remember from my post back in Sevilla in May (click here), knife sharpeners strolled the streets with their sharpening equipment strapped to their bicycles or scooters. They played a ditty on a pan flute to let people know they were in the neighborhood. Neighbors would then bring their knives down to be sharpened right on the street.


Our new neighborhood, Los Boliches, is more modern (and much easier to navigate on wheels) than Sevilla. We still have knife sharpeners, but from what I’ve seen they carry their equipment in vans. Our local guy was already out front working one of our first dreary afternoons here when I returned from shopping. I wasn’t around for his arrival and therefore don’t know if he uses a pan flute to announce himself. Given that he’s so much more modern, he probably plays “smart phone pan flute.”


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

18 thoughts on “Olivia de Lopez y Los Boliches”

  1. Olivia looks perfectly at home in that location! I'm surprised there is so much demand for knife sharpening. I have never had my knives sharpened and I've owned the current set since the 70's. Of course, that's partly because I really hate sharp knives.

    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      Well, I've never sharpened a knife in my life. San Geraldo has a little hand tool he uses. When I met him I only owned four knives — a set of matching "steak" knives that I paid $1 for at a flea market. They wouldn't even have cut fleas! I'm a danger (to myself) when I have a sharp knife in my hand.

  2. Olivia looks very much at home… like she has always belonged there. I think she'll be very happy listening to and watching the changing sea. I know I would….

    1. Sharon:
      Olivia began life in the woods near the water. She belongs near water and I think she prefers the sunshine now. I find myself mesmerized by the sea. (So do Dudo and Moose.)

  3. I am sure Olivia is very happy with her new abode….and look at that view!!
    Travelling/mobile knife sharpeners,a lost art on this side of the 'pond'.

  4. This is a strange custom, but what a good idea custom! I need my knives and hedge trimmers sharpener so badly ~~~ any chance?
    Olivia looks perfect on the wall, so peaceful and serene surveying the beach area!

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