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(SECOND Update) The next ‘Conversational Spanish’ evening is the 27th February

Hello all,

Subsequent to the messages below there has been an update and I need a volunteer!

Vera emailed me back to say that she has a tour booked for the 27th and therefore she cannot meet on this date. She is able to meet on another day either side potentially or the following week.

However, Nikki and I will be back in the UK, and then hopefully leaving the marina to head East, and therefore I now need someone to take over the liaison with Vera and organise the new dates etc.

If you can help, please send me an email ( or come over to Destination Anywhere and say Hi.

In the meantime, I will ask Vera to hold off any future dates.

thanks, Malc




Hello all,

A good time was had by the four cruisers who went along to meet Vera and her fellows last Tuesday. We had two cruisers with ‘advanced’ Spanish, and Nikki and I in the ‘basic’ corner which means that it doesn’t matter what your existing knowledge of the Spanish language is, there will be someone there at your level!

We will meet at 17.30 on the 27th by the marina gate and head up to  ‘The Little Tin Soldier’ (El soldadito de plomo) cafe. For those who attended last time, you may recall that we agreed to meet on the 20th but this is Vera’s daughters birthday and therefore she cannot make that date.

Nikki and I will be away for the week of the 27th Feb, and then we hope to head away cruising upon our return to Cartagena. Therefore, would somebody please volunteer to take over the liaison with Vera and posting this notice on the web site?

Pop along to ‘Destination Anywhere’ near the toilet building for more information.

regards, Malc & Nikki

Destination Anywhere


Spanish language meetup on Tuesday 6th February

Hello all,

The Spanish meetup is going ahead next Tuesday. We will meet at the gate at 17.30, and then go on to The Little Tin Soldier (El soldadito de plomo).

I went a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. There were only three of us from the marina, and three Spanish folk, including Vera and another guide who is an expert historian on all things Spanish. We conversed in each others language and discussed local and national matters. I wouldn’t see this as ‘lessons’ as such but if you have the appetite to learn then there are certainly people there willing to teach. Similarly, if your Spanish is rather rudimentary (like mine!) then that’s just fine and you will have the opportunity to learn more about the local area, culture, politics, history etc. I really enjoyed this part of the night.

All it will cost you is the price of your beer or coffee etc.

If possible please let me know if you’re coming along, but feel free to just turn up on the night if your plans change.

cheers, Malc

Destination Anywhere


Hi everyone,

We wondered if there was any interest from  you all to have a coach outing to visit Benidorm for a bit of a giggly day out, also possible to hire ‘ Madge mobiles’ (about 10 euro per day)  and stopping for fish and chips on the way back?

We can have a coach pick us up here at the entrance to the marina and obviously return to here. There are a couple of alternatives:

Coach one has 19 seats and costs 360 euro so about 19 euro per head inc iva

Coach two has 29 seats and costs 380 euro so about 13 euro per head inc iva

If there is enough interest then we can take it further and explore dates etc?

Let us know by email  on or pop around to the boat?


Mark and Nicky ( cat ‘Frida’ – next to the shower block )

info on scooters example:



Visit to the Cartagena Arsenal (military naval and submarine base)


Unfortunately, this event is canceled. Vera has heard back from the Admiral, and the tours are only for Spanish nationals, not mixed groups or foreign nationals. Therefore, we cannot proceed. If you have already emailed Nikki she will be in touch directly with more information on the cancellation.

regards, Malc (Nikki’s admin assistant)


Dear All,

Visit to the Cartagena Arsenal (military naval and submarine base) Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 10.00

Vera the local guide in Cartagena (many of you will have met her previously) is helping to organise a tour of the Cartagena Arsenal (military naval and submarine base), it must be done at least two weeks before the visit because names and ID numbers (passport numbers) of those coming must be provided to the Admiral.

They will assign a guide and Vera will join us as our translator, plus add some information of interest. The tour lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 30′. It depends on how interested we are and questions. Vera will also ask for a visit into the naval base plus the submarine base as well, so that we may see the simulator the students use and possibly visit a ship. They will answer according to their availability of personnel, ships etc.

There will be a charge of 5 euros per person for Vera.

If you would like to join the tour, please could you e-mail me with your full names and ID/Passport number. Due to giving 2 week’s notice to the Admiral please can you let me know by Sunday 28th January 2018.


Destination Anywhere

Lunch at the Cartagena Hospitality and Tourism College Thursday 22nd February 20

Dear All,

Lunch at the Cartagena Hospitality and Tourism College Thursday 22nd February 2018

Vera’s (our Cartagena guide) daughter Cande is training to be a chef at the Cartagena Hospitality and Tourism College and on Thursday’s works as a chef preparing lunch for the public. The lunch is from 14:00 to 17:00, the latest you may arrive is 14:30. I believe the lunch is a number of courses, approximately 7/9 and is highly recommended!!

We are trying to get a group together for Thursday 22nd February, the cost is 14€ per person + drinks (drinks are very cheap), payment is cash.

The address for the college is CIFP HOSTELERÍA Y TURISMO DE CARTAGENA, C/Ingeniero de la Cierva, 24,CP: 30203  Cartagena. Just beyond the roundabout with the submarine near Carrefore.

Please let me know by e-mail if you would like to join us and we can make a booking.



Destination Anywhere

Skiing in Sierra Nevada

We are quite keen to go skiing in Sierra Nevada for a week around mid March. We’d be travelling from YPC. Has anyone done this before? It’s fairly easy to book a hotel but we are not sure how we can get there. Hire Car sounds obvious but it seems snow chains would be required.

If anyone has any experience or advice we love to hear it.

Maggie & Colin

S/Y Serafina of Maldon

Spanglish Masterclass

We are having another informal get together with Vera and our other Spanish friends in a vague attempt to improve our Spanish.

The next meeting will be Tuesday 16th at 5.45pm. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE. For one week only, we will be meeting at VALOR (next to The Yellow Submarine). This is because they sell the best Churros in town, and Chocolate Caliente that is so thick you have to eat it with a spoon.

Come along and join us. Don’t worry if all you can say is “Dos cervezas por favor.” That’s good enough. It’s all very informal, and a lot of fun. We meet at the main marina gate at 5.30pm and walk down together – or you can just meet us there.

Please reply to this if you fancy coming so we can get an idea of numbers, or come along to SV Domini on A10 and say hello.

Hopefully see you there.

Hasta pronto!


Sunday BBQ & Boat Jumble

We are de-cluttering before we move on and will be bringing various items along to the BBQ, to sell at an absolute bargain! If you have stuff to sell too, why not bring it along also,  and see if you can find a new home for it and raise some Euros so you can buy more stuff!

Chris & Lorraine

Alternative New Year Get Together – Update

Aim to start at 7:30pm. The location is the Portacabin behind the marina office.

As per normal BBQ, bring your own food to slap on the grill, and your own drinks.

If you can, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

If you plan to stay until midnight, don’t forget to bring 12 grapes per person, so we can all join in the local Spanish custom of eating a grape on each stroke of the bells.

Not as easy as you think, especially when the giggles start!

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