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ALTHOUGH IT’S BEEN hotter than usual here, we haven’t experienced the extreme temperatures hitting other parts of Europe (and the usually cooler parts at that). Here in Fuengirola, temps are topping out at around 32C (90F). As a result of the extreme heat in Northern Spain (where temps have been approaching 38C/100F), a giant pile of manure spontaneously ignited causing a dangerous and enormous wildfire. I hope they can soon get it under control.

Speaking of a giant pile of manure, Fuengirola Fashion is in full bloom. And it might be time to buy a new bathing suit. But, I can’t decide which style I prefer (yes, I can). What do you think?

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A PESAR DE que ha estado más caliente de lo normal aquí, no hemos experimentado las temperaturas extremas que afectan a otras partes de Europa (y las partes generalmente más frías en eso). Aquí en Fuengirola, las temperaturas están llegando a 32C (90F). Como resultado del calor extremo en el norte de España (donde las temperaturas se han acercado a 38C/100F), una pila gigante de estiércol se encendió espontáneamente y causó un incendio forestal peligroso y enorme.

Hablando de una pila gigante de estiércol, la Moda Fuengirola está en plena floración. Y puede que sea hora de comprar un bañador nuevo. Pero no puedo decidir qué estilo prefiero (sí, puedo). ¿Qué piensas?

What’s Trending In Beachwear

Update On the Residency Cards:

I went through a box of miscellaneous stuff in my office and found our old passports! I have no idea why the US Embassy mailed them directly to that box. OK, I apologize for saying we never received them. Anyway, San Geraldo will make copies of our old passports and we can head back this week to complete the process. What a relief! Coming up with other documentation was turning into a major problem.

Hot Style at the Beach
I was walking on the beach the other day when I spotted someone in the distance who was exposing so much of his hind quarters that he needn’t have bothered wearing a bathing suit.

Major plumber’s crack (commonly referred to as builder’s bum in parts of Great Britain). It’s also called “hucha” in Spanish, which is the word for the slot in a piggy bank or vending machine.

Since, as you might remember, I enjoy sharing collected images of huchas (click here and here), I began snapping away. But when I zoomed in I was even more surprised by what I saw.

THE LATEST IN BEACH FASHION: THE SUIT WITH THE BUILT-IN HUCHA.

Truth be told, this is just a pocket belt to hold all the loot he finds while metal-detecting. But I’m much more entertained by my own version of reality.

Please Don’t Talk To The Lifeguard

I’m fine. Still not brilliant. Still not completely awful.

Yada yada yada. That’s all I’ll say about my mood.

Oh, except one more thing…

Am I ever grateful to San Geraldo for being my lifeguard (socorrista, in Spanish).

Speaking of lifeguards, I find the cultural differences between those in New York and those here in Fuengirola to be fascinating.

So, here are some Brighton Beach/Coney Island lifeguards and Fuengirola socorristas… for totally academic cultural-anthropological comparison, of course.

(Click any image for the bigger picture.)

CONEY ISLAND. 
BIKINIS AND BODIES-BEAUTIFUL STILL CLUSTER.
CONEY ISLAND LIFEGUARD SWINGING HIS WHISTLE.
A FRIENDLY WAVE FROM A FUENGIROLA SOCORRISTA.
FUENGIROLA SOCORRISTA ON PATROL.

Guess I’ll swim way out into the sea…