It’s not Epcot / No es Epcot

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

I WORKED WITH A WOMAN some years ago who told me she didn’t need to travel to Europe because she went every year to Epcot Center (at Disney World in Orlando, Florida) and, therefore, had seen it all.

Living here in Fuengirola, I suppose you could say we’ve got a gastronomic Epcot. We have genuine Mexican tacos at Frenchy’s. If you’re missing your traditional English breakfast, just stop by California 7. There’s artisan ice cream, invented in China, introduced to the western world by Italy, and made accesible to the general public by France, from a local Australian artisan ice cream shop with a Spanish name. There’s, of course, a dutch supermarket (and Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Polish…). We can get authentic Marrakech kebabs at a tiny little shop. If you’re not in the mood for kebabs, the shop also offers homemade pizza, salads, and fresh sushi. I couldn’t find their kitchen. Refresh your munchies at Amsterdam Cannabis.

The town east (more or less) of us is Benalmádena. My dentist is there, so I was recently permitted to cross into that municipality. I passed a gift shop and noticed their display of refrigerator magnets. In addition to the local souvenirs, magnets were on display from all over Spain. Like Epcot all over again; I don’t even have to leave Benalmádena. You could even buy local magnets with the city name spelled Benalmádena or you could get the Chinese version (see below). Astounding.

San Geraldo is engrossed in the late-stage work on his book on his family history going back to 1288. He also tells stories of his life at the appropriate points in the book. I can’t remember if the question came up for the genealogy book or his own biography, but he recently asked if he should be including first names and last initials of his former boyfriends (before he found me). I suggested just calling them John 1, John 2, John 3, John 4, and so on. As long as he doesn’t have to count in Spanish (click here), he’ll be fine.


TRABAJÉ CON UNA MUJER HACE algunos años que me dijo que no necesitaba viajar a Europa porque iba todos los años al Epcot Center (en Disney World en Orlando, Florida) y, por lo tanto, lo había visto todo.

Viviendo aquí en Fuengirola, supongo que se podría decir que tenemos una Epcot gastronómica. Tenemos tacos mexicanos genuinos en Frenchy’s. Si te estás perdiendo el desayuno inglés tradicional, pasa por California 7. Hay helado artesanal, inventado en China, introducido en el mundo occidental por Italia y accesible al público en general por Francia, de un helado artesanal australiano local. tienda con un nombre español. Hay, por supuesto, un supermercado holandés (y finlandés, noruego, sueco, ruso, polaco …). Podemos conseguir auténticos kebabs de Marrakech en una pequeña tienda. Si no está de humor para kebabs, la tienda también ofrece pizza casera, ensaladas y sushi fresco. No pude encontrar su cocina. Refresca tus antojos en Amsterdam Cannabis.

El pueblo al este (más o menos) es Benalmádena. Mi dentista está allí, así que recientemente se me permitió cruzar a ese municipio. Pasé por una tienda de regalos y noté su exhibición de imanes de refrigerador. Además de los recuerdos locales, se exhibieron imanes de toda España. Como Epcot de nuevo; ni siquiera tengo que salir de Benalmádena. Incluso puede comprar imanes locales con el nombre de la ciudad escrito Benalmádena o puede obtener la versión china (ver más abajo). Asombroso.

San Geraldo está absorto en el trabajo tardío de su libro sobre su historia familiar que se remonta a 1288. También cuenta historias de su vida en los puntos apropiados del libro. No recuerdo si surgió la pregunta para el libro de genealogía o su propia biografía, pero recientemente preguntó si debería incluir los nombres y las iniciales de sus viejos novios (antes de encontrarme). Sugerí llamarlos simplemente Juan 1, Juan 2, Juan 3, Juan 4, y así sucesivamente. Siempre y cuando no tenga que contar en español (haz clic aquí), estará bien.

My new masks from Ale-Hop (yesterday’s post).
Mis mascarillas nuevas de Ale-Hop (el post de ayer).
We slept through today’s sunrise. This was a half hour later.
Dormimos hasta el amanecer de hoy. Esto fue media hora después.

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..

37 thoughts on “It’s not Epcot / No es Epcot”

  1. I don’t need to go to EPCOT, I have been to the real world. I was a guest at a construction tour of EPCOT, and a pre-opening party in the park. Maybe seeing it inspired me to see the real world.

    1. David,
      I’ve heard Epcot is excellent, but I don’t think it was intended to replace the real thing(s).

  2. Those that just want to go to EPCOT shouldn’t travel anywhere else in my opinion. They are the ones that complain about everything if they happen to visit the “real” thing.

    1. Sillfirl,
      I don’t think this woman ever did go anywhere… but Epcot. Her statement shocked me. More than 20 years later, I still wonder if she was kidding… except that at the time it was clear she was not. Besides, she never joked about anything.

  3. It is only in recent years that up to 42% of US citizens held a passport. Previously, it was well down in the 30% range. Having held a passport since I was barely two years old, it seems inconceivable to me, but I realize I was very lucky to have lived most of my early life overseas and then spent the rest of it (so far) traveling a great deal–domestically and internationally. Sigh…Epcot as a substitute. Makes one want to weep.

    Love the variety of eateries/food sources in your region. Also love the juxtaposition of the names vs the specialties–Frenchy’s Tacos…California English Breakfast. Hilarious.

    1. Mary,
      And we were both in fairly elevated positions at a major university. She stunned me. Some of our ethnic cuisine choices are actually really good; others, not so much! The expat community raises the bar for international options.

    1. Jim,
      When we lived in Sevilla, some of the international cuisine looked great but was simply Spanish remade. Here, there are more options, although I doubt most of the ones pictured meet MY standards. Pizza AND sushi at a kebab bar?

    1. By the way, at first glance, I thought those masks were fancy, schmancy jock straps! Cod pieces, maybe?

    2. Deedles,
      I used to love to travel. I still love to explore but airport security and airplanes now make travel less pleasant than it was. I want to BE places now; but unless I can hop on a train, the getting there doesn’t excite me.

    1. Bob,
      Does Epcot have combination Italian,
      /Mexican/Indian/Steakhouses, too?!? I do think SG has ever counted his Johns. Many more than me (which is easy) but really not as many as I suggest (or at least I don’t think so).

  4. what a diverse food collection you have! and the woman in your first paragraph must be a MAGAt.

    1. Anne Marie,
      I would have been shocked to learn she was a MAGAt, but then I was shocked by her EPCOT statement.

  5. New Mexico is a desert when it comes to authentic (not mass-produced) ethnic foods: no decent Italian markets, no Jewish delis, no pirogi, no fresh sea-food. When we can travel again, I’m going to the nearest city with an ethnic food supply.

    1. Frank,
      I doubt any of the restaurants I shared this time would rank with the best. Well, maybe the Australian Spanish ice cream. But we do have some exceptional options, including Greek and Argentine steakhouses.

  6. I love your new masks, especially the moon/star one. I’d have bought that. The misspelled magnet is hilarious!

    It’s pretty cool how globalized our appetites are now, at least when it comes to food. Many people are still not comfortable with globalization in many other ways, but at least when it comes to food, everyone seems to enjoy it. It cracks me up that “California 7” is an “English” cafe.

    1. Steve,
      Maybe the poor choice of name for an English cafe is the reason they’re up to Number 7.

  7. By time this administration leaves office I may need to go visit that Cannabis shop!!!!! And that lady who said “she went every year to Epcot Center must be an idiot. She has obliviously not experience real culture. And I love how colorful all those international eateries look! But the magnet….”You could even buy local magnets with the city name spelled Benalmádena or you could get the Chinese”. Gotta love consumerism.

    1. Mistress Maddie,
      I’ve never been to a Cannabis shop. I might need it, too. Epcot Woman stunned and disappointed me.

  8. That was a fun trip through the neighbourhood! Thanks for the trip around the world. I love to physically travel, but virtual travel also had its merits.

    1. Wilma,
      I find now I want to BE places but don’t want to have to get there. Give me a train.

  9. I hope that woman was joking about EPCOT. The place is dull and couldn’t possibly approximate any of the countries represented–not that I’ve visited any of them, but I have books and an imagination. So California 7 has a good English breakfast? Interesting.


    1. Janie,
      I had he thought that she had o be joking as I old the story. But she never joked and I remember at the time thinking e same thing and realizing, no, she was dead serious. I’ve never been to EPCOT.

      1. Janie:
        Good to know, since I can’t imagine every having the opportunity again!

  10. I’m sure I’m not the first to ask. How is an English café/bar/restaurant named “California 7?” It’s like a Texas BBQ place named “Picadillies.”

  11. I was going to say exactly the same as wcs ! California7 doesn’t make me think that it will be very ” English” .

    1. Francés,
      Exactly what I thought. But something else very popular here in town are Indian/Mexican/Italian/Steakhouses… one now even serves English breakfast and American burgers. How good could any of it be?

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