Half-price sneakers / Zapatillas a mitad de precio

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I DECIDED TO TAKE THE train to Plaza Mayor after breakfast this morning. I was out of printer cartridges and thought it might be fun to browse — early — before the hordes arrived. I took the train because I didn’t want to risk having no place to park when I came home. But there were six available spaces in our lot when I left and when I returned. Unusual for August.

The train is a pleasure anyway and it’s only 27 minutes station-to-station. Of course, if you get engrossed in what you’re reading and miss your stop and don’t realize until you look up as the doors close on the next station which is underground and you know you’ve already been through the few underground stations before Plaza Mayor so you look back and realize that was the airport and you then ride to Guadalhorce Station and just miss the train going back in the other direction which means your 27-minute ride has become a 59-minute ride. [Deep breath.]

Although I enjoy the main part of the mall, my favorite place is now the outlet mall (McArthur Glen Designer Outlet) that sits, independently, in the center. I first picked up the ink cartridges, along with a new pair of headphones at MediaMarkt. I stopped at Rituals to smell good before visiting the outlet mall, where I passed a shop (and label) I had never seen before.

Phillip Plein is where I found the sneakers pictured at top. Reduced from €450 to a mere €225, how could I resist? And yet, somehow, I did. I managed to resist even when I saw the sort-of coordinating leather jacket reduced from €3,750 to a measly €1,312. (I just learned German designer Phillip Plein began his career designing luxury dog beds.)

I debated stopping at the new Five Guys for lunch. But that extra time spent on the train was just enough to push me into the afternoon shoppers and diners. So, I caught the next train home and had lunch with San Geraldo instead.

Still, I feel like I had an adventure. After all, I’d never been inside Guadalhorce Station. It was very clean.


DECIDÍ TOMAR EL TREN A Plaza Mayor después del desayuno esta mañana. Me había quedado sin cartuchos de impresora y pensé que sería divertido navegar, temprano, antes de que llegaran las hordas. Tomé el tren porque no quería arriesgarme a no tener un lugar para estacionar cuando volviera a casa. Pero había seis espacios disponibles en nuestro lote cuando me fui y cuando regresé. Inusual para agosto.

El tren es un placer de todos modos y está a solo 27 minutos de una estación a otra. Por supuesto, si te quedas absorto en lo que estás leyendo y pierdes tu parada y no te das cuenta hasta que miras hacia arriba cuando las puertas se cierran en la siguiente estación que es subterránea y sabes que ya has pasado por las pocas estaciones de metro. antes de la Plaza Mayor, así que miras hacia atrás y te das cuenta de que era el aeropuerto y luego te diriges a la estación de Guadalhorce y simplemente pierdes el tren que regresa en la otra dirección, lo que significa que tu viaje de 27 minutos se ha convertido en un viaje de 59 minutos. [Respiracion profunda.]

Aunque disfruto de la parte principal del centro comercial, mi lugar favorito ahora es el centro comercial que se encuentra, de forma independiente, en el centro. Primero recogí los cartuchos de tinta, junto con un nuevo par de auriculares en MediaMarkt. Me detuve en Rituals para oler bien antes de visitar el centro comercial outlet, donde pasé por una tienda (y una etiqueta) que nunca había visto antes.

Phillip Plein es donde encontré las zapatillas que se muestran en la parte superior. Reducido de 450 € a 225 €, ¿cómo resistir? Y sin embargo, de alguna manera, lo hice. Me las arreglé para resistir incluso cuando vi la chaqueta de cuero a juego reducida de 3.750 € a unos miserables 1.312 €. (Acabo de enterarme que el diseñador alemán Philipp Plein comenzó su carrera diseñando lujosas camas para perros).

Debatí detenerme en el nuevo Five Guys para almorzar. Pero ese tiempo extra que pasé en el tren fue suficiente para empujarme hacia los compradores y comensales de la tarde. Entonces, tomé el siguiente tren a casa y almorcé con San Geraldo.

Aún así, siento que tuve una aventura. Después de todo, nunca había estado dentro de la estación Guadalhorce. Estaba muy limpio.

• Before treats. San Geraldo and I were chatting in the kitchen. The cats were not pleased.
• Antes de los aperetivos. San Geraldo y yo estábamos charlando en la cocina. Los gatos no estaban contentos.
• Guadalhorce Station. Too much excitement.
• Estación Guadalhorce. Demasiada emoción.
• The T-shirt, which enables you to advertise for Phillip Plein, is reduced from €798 to €280. And the leather skirt, yes it’s leather, from €1,998 to only €700!
• La camiseta, que le permite anunciar a Phillip Plein, se reduce de 798 € a 280 €. Y la falda de cuero, sí, es de cuero, ¡desde 1.998 € hasta solo 700 €!
• This  was labeled “leather biker”; usually 4,998€, now only €1,748. (Maybe it’s not just the jacket but an entire biker.)
• Esto fue etiquetado como “motociclista de cuero”; normalmente 4.998 €, ahora solo 1.748 €. (Tal vez no sea solo la chaqueta, sino todo un motociclista).
• San Geraldo and I, both Five Guys virgins, will save it for after summer.
• San Geraldo y yo, dos vírgenes de Five Guys, lo guardaremos para después del verano.

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..

25 thoughts on “Half-price sneakers / Zapatillas a mitad de precio”

  1. The look on Moose’s face cracked me up. Cat frowning at its best.

    I’d say NetGirl needs to pop over to Phil’s place and pick up a jacket for her (beach) outfit from yesterday.

    1. Mary:
      Ah, Moose and Dudo. And they say cats have no facial expressions. I think NetGirl can do better!

  2. Wow! I had the same thought as Mary, again! Scoot, Scoot, Scoot. Sigh. You have enough problems getting poked by your aloe. Those shoes would kill you! In my humblish opinion, lunch with SG would be so much better than lunch at Five Guys. Been there, had the fries. The scenery alone would be worth it 🙂 Oh the heartbreak of unrequited crushing/stalking. SOB!!!!!
    Continue with your adventures. They’re fun to read about.
    Also, I don’t know why people think that cats have no facial expressions! Look at those two!

    1. Deedles:
      So far, no one other than Barack Obama has had a good thing to say about Five Guys burgers. You’re so right about cats and facial expressions. Dudo and Moose are hilarious.

      1. Balder Half loves Five Guys. I’m not much of a burger person, except for guilty pleasures like McDonald’s and Burger King. You know, not real burgers. He used to drag me there on the rare occasions when we were too early for the movie in the same mall. The place was way too crowded for my delicate sensibilities, but the fries were fantastic, if that’s your calling. He also enjoys fish and sushi and dislikes pizza, so there’s that.

  3. I can see you in those sneakers and leather jacket! Well…..not really. Pretty WILD stuff it is!
    How handy it is to just hop on a train and get from A to B.
    Those cats are SO neglected…..you can just tell. lol

    1. Jim:
      One of the major pluses of where we live is the convenience of getting everywhere else. Rumplestiltskin must be stitching (spinning) that stuff for it cost so much.

  4. At first I thought the title referred to the cats! Those sneakers and other clothes are pretty horrible. I don’t think mixing in some plaids would help, either.
    The train must have been fairly empty for you to feel comfortable enough to be so engrossed in reading that you miss your stop!

    1. Wilma:
      I’ll never bother with the windows of that shop again after reading what I read last night. The train was less than half full. A very pleasant ride and I was so happy to be at least a little bit away from home that I got absorbed first in looking out the window and then in reading.

    1. Adam:
      That seems to be the consensus. I’d like to give it a try for myself, but I’ll be surprised if I like it now. No one has yet agreed with Obama’s assessment of the place. Now if only Red Robin Restaurants were here, I’d be in Burger Heaven (no I wouldn’t; that was a restaurant in NYC that closed last year).

  5. Your boys do look extra surly this morning… I don’t want to know what swear words Moose was thinking, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Moose doesn’t just THINK them, he mutters them… constantly. That cat never shuts up.

  6. The shoes yes, the leather coat – not really. Five Guys, a good greasy burger and far to many greasy fries. One of the brothers that owns it, is building a house overlooking the river a couple of miles south of us, his pool house is like 5,000 sq. ft. The main house has a structural steel frame.

    1. David:
      Not one person has commented positively on Five Guys. So strange. And with all the extra money they have (a 5,000 sf pool house???) they must compensate their employees really well.

  7. How fortunate, to be able to wear hideous clothes, save money, AND advertise for a chic designer, all at the same time!!

    Damn, that is a clean station. (Sorry you got to see it –ha! At least it meant that SG got to have your company at lunch.)

    1. Judy C:
      So many opportunities in that one little shop. The stations here are extremeley clean. I’ve gotten used to it and take it for granted.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I actually had to count on my fingers to figure out if I even had five guys individually.

  8. I somehow missed this yesterday and have no idea why.
    That designer? No. Just no. Ugly and expensive doesn’t work for me.

    Dudo and Moose are once again giving me the twins from The Shining.
    I had to look away, and you know how hard it is to look away from them!

    1. Bob:
      Dudo and Moose are much more expressive than cats are said to be (but then so are Tuxedo and Max Goldberg).

      I thought the items in the window were at least entertaining until I saw the prices. I find that appalling. 5,000 euros for a rabbit fur teddy bear? How can that possibly be justified. Or those T-shirts. And someone is paying for that crap instead of helping those desparately in need… or ensuring the workers can afford to eat. Russia got rid of the tsars. The US got rid of the royals. But nothing really has changed. Hideous. (And there I go again.)

    1. Urspo:
      If I slept with a knife, I’d stab myself in my sleep. I’ll take my chances.

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