Der Wiener Area 51

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I FORGOT TO MENTION YESTERDAY that I was fitted for custom orthotics (shoe inserts), which I’ll have in 10 to 14 days. Those are intended to alleviate the shock waves when my heel hits the ground. The physiotherapist next week is intended to help with the current sciatica, which hasn’t been too bad lately.

The possibility of rain in recent days has been between 1 and 3 percent. It spit for half a minute yesterday morning. We missed it but the spots in the dust on the glass curtain are proof. I keep hoping for a downpour that I can go for a walk in.

Today’s photos are from recent afternoon walks around town in the sunshine. A little bit of this and that. Homes, garages, meat markets, ham markets, skewered and smoking sardines. Along the Paseo, paralleling the port and fronting the parking lot, are a string of international bars and restaurants. Two always catch my attention. I was too lazy to walk down the stairs and view them from the front. But the signs will do.

Next to Der Wiener is Area 51, which I assume is named for the place in the United States where some believe aliens are buried in the Nevada desert. Please! If there really were aliens, they’d be in cold storage in a government bunker, not buried under the hot desert sand. The sign over our Area 51 says “Walk In, Dance Out.” Shouldn’t it also read, “Never Walk Out”?

I don’t know if Das Original Der Wiener is supposed to translate to “The Original of Wiener” (like what San Geraldo calls a hot dog) or “The Original of Vienna.” There’s a difference.


AYER ME OLVIDÉ DE MENCIONAR que me colocaron aparatos ortopédicos personalizados (plantillas para zapatos), que tendré en 10 a 14 días. Esos están destinados a aliviar las ondas de choque cuando mi talón golpea el suelo. El fisioterapeuta la semana que viene está destinado a ayudar con la ciática actual, que no ha sido tan grave últimamente.

La posibilidad de lluvia en los últimos días ha estado entre el 1 y el 3 por ciento. Escupió durante medio minuto ayer por la mañana. Lo perdimos, pero las manchas de polvo en la cortina de vidrio son una prueba. Sigo esperando un aguacero en el que pueda dar un paseo.

Las fotos de hoy son de paseos recientes por la ciudad bajo el sol. Un poco de esto y aquello. Hogares, cocheras, carnicerías, jamoneros, brochetas de sardinas. A lo largo del Paseo Marítimo, paralelo al puerto y frente al estacionamiento, hay una serie de bares y restaurantes internacionales. Dos siempre me llaman la atención. Era demasiado vago para bajar las escaleras y verlas desde el frente. Pero las señales servirán.

Junto a Der Wiener está el Área 51, que supongo que lleva el nombre del lugar en los Estados Unidos donde algunos creen que los extraterrestres están enterrados en el desierto de Nevada. ¡Por favor! Si realmente hubiera extraterrestres, estarían almacenados en frío en un búnker del gobierno, no enterrados bajo la arena caliente del desierto. El letrero sobre nuestra Área 51 dice “Walk In, Dance Out”. ¿No debería leer también, “Nunca Salgas”?

No sé si se supone que Das Original Der Wiener se traduce como “El Original Wiener” (como lo que San Geraldo llama un hot dog) o “El Vienés Original”. Hay una diferencia.

The Corner (La Esquinita) Meat Market.
If I owned that charming house, I would hate that people parked in front.
Si fuera dueño de esa encantadora casa, odiaría que la gente se estacionara enfrente.
The ham is so good, and it can get quite pricey.
El jamón es muy bueno, y puede resultar bastante caro.
Elevated train at right and entrance to our train station straight ahead beyond the flower kiosk.
Tren elevado a la derecha y entrada a nuestra estación de tren recto más allá del quiosco de flores.

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..

35 thoughts on “Der Wiener Area 51”

  1. Something for everybody it seems.
    Pretty soon you will be ‘floating’ down the streets…..with your new orthotics.

  2. I think you ‘walk in’ and then ‘dance out’ on a rocket ship to their home planet where you become an appetizer for aliens.

    1. Bob:
      I wonder if the owners know where the giants are buried. (I, sadly, met someone an expat here who asked if I knew!)

  3. spouse has worn custom orthotics for years. they DO help.
    that ham DOES look good.
    have you ever tried “der wiener” for food/drink?

    1. anne marie:
      SG has had them and they unfortunately do him any good. I have never tried any of the places along that stretch near the port. Sitting at a cafe below the Paseo alongside the parking lot doesn’t seem very appealing. But I’m guessing there are some decent places.

  4. Those orthotics should make a big difference! Mine certainly have for the past 10 years or so.

  5. Are you certain you’re not actually from Seattle? Hoping for a downpour that you can go for a walk in….?
    Area 51 is also right field at Safeco Field. Where Ichiro played….wearing number 51…

    1. Jssw:
      And just give me two months in Seattle and I’ll be complaining that I miss the sun! Ichiro, who didn’t sign Chuck’s baseball!

    1. Wilma:
      Looking forward to getting the orthotics. Hope they make the difference. I want to wander more and share more street scenes, but this humidity has gotten to me.

  6. You may have two alien conspiracy theories mixed up. Area 51 is supposedly where they test alien technology resulting from a crash in New Mexico more than 70 years ago. The dead aliens themselves are supposed to be in storage in a Dayton Air Force Base. Perhaps you saw Independence Day where the dead aliens were indeed at Area 51, but that movie was just taking poetic license.

    1. Kirk:
      No wonder I couldn’t find the buried aliens when I was there. I was looking in the wrong place.

    1. Mary:
      It IS a very clean city. The cleanest place we’ve lived. Sevilla was also surprisingly well maintained, as is Málaga.

  7. Oh those pictures of the empty town ….makes me happy! I had insert made once….in the long run they killed my feet even more. You’ll find I go to the doctor for nothing, except a yearly check up.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      I used to only go to the doctor for a yearly check-up. Would love to get back to that routine! August is our busiest month and, although it’s not the usual mob scene this year, it’s still plenty busy. I somehow have managed to learn where to walk, and at what time of day, to escape just about everyone. And things WILL quiet down completely in the next few weeks.

  8. What caught my attention (fishes on sticks notwithstanding) was the fact that Lucifer has a garage in such a pristine neighborhood 🙂

    1. Oh by the way, I read the title and thought we were going to get a tutorial in manscaping! Oh, well.

      1. Deedles:
        It could also have been a tutorial on burying the bone.

    2. Deedles:
      Thank you for noticing that! That’s what caught my attention and why I took the picture. I was going to write a caption and then I thought, ‘Nah, I’ll just see if anyone else finds that funny.’

    1. Anon?
      I had to look through the photos to see what you were talking about. Nope, that’s not me in neon reflected in the ham shop window. Definitely not me!

    1. David,
      I’m glad you like this. I’ve been taking for granted where we live and haven’t appreciated the novelty.

  9. I think you’re probably right on the name origin for the Area 51 bar. Dave and I watched a documentary about Area 51 not too long ago. My issue with the whole aliens thing is that by now, SOMEONE would have leaked a photo. There’s no way aliens or flying saucers are being held there and we still don’t have any visual evidence. Makes a fun story, though.

    1. Steve,
      Won’t we be surprised when those giants buried in the desert are retrieved for reburial on their home planet. (The giants are aliens, aren’t they?)

      1. Parsnip:
        Oh, I hope the computer problems get worked out. But blogger and wordpress can be very temperamental. So, did you move to where you are so you could be closer to the aliens?

  10. Wow, the skewered, smoking sardines image is pretty wild. Not something I see everyday!
    Here’s hoping the orthotic will give you great relief, and that you’ll have a nice downpour to walk in, soon!

    1. Judy C:
      Those sardines can be seen all along the beach. On good days, they’re cooking a lot more than sardines out there. Cuttlefish and more. I don’t know which i want more the downpour or the relief. OK, I DO know… both! Thanks!

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