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Sue Burke
Why I couldn’t buy postage stamps 
15th-Aug-2013 04:40 pm
Postage stamp

I’m looking for work as a translator, so I’m sending out resumes, and yesterday morning I needed postage stamps. Here in Spain, you can buy stamps at estancos, government-licensed stores that sell tobacco and (for historical reasons) stamps.

There’s an estanco around the corner from my house, so I headed there. According to a sign on the door, it was closed until Sunday for vacation. That was no big surprise. August is vacation month in Spain (and Europe), and a lot of businesses are closed.

I also wanted to buy a newspaper, but the newspaper stand across the street from the estanco has been closed all month. The next-nearest newspaper stand is closed until August 19, so I had already planned to go to the one a few blocks farther away.

I knew of another estanco on Cavanilles Street, which was a few blocks out of my way to the newspaper stand, but I thought I’d try. It was closed.

Then I checked the estanco next to the newspaper stand where I was headed, which I was pretty sure was closed for August vacation and which was why I didn’t go there first, and I was right, it was closed.

I asked the señora at the newspaper stand where I could find an open estanco. She directed me to the one on Barcelona Avenue next to the basilica. That was only a few more blocks out of my way on the trip home, so I went there. It was open, but it was out of stamps. The señora there suggested going to the post office.

Of course, I can’t do that today because it’s a public holiday, the Assumption of the Virgin, and the post office is closed.

Have a happy August. It’s very quiet here because no one is doing anything.

— Sue Burke

Comments 
15th-Aug-2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
So very European...this is why we went to Spain in October.
15th-Aug-2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
A much better time to visit than now. Normal stuff is closed, and tourists stuff is overrun.

By the way, it's 97 degrees today. Next week we should break 100. Don't come!
15th-Aug-2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah. If I wanted that kind of heat I could just stay home! (Actually, we're below normal this week, so it's really nice!)
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