You Need to Ask for the Check
In Europe, dining is an experience that is meant to be enjoyed and not hurried through. This is reflected in the wait staff service. You may end up sitting for quite a long time after your dessert has long been eaten and your espresso quaffed. That's because your waiter will not bring you your check until you've asked for it. They don't bring it automatically because they don't want to seem like they are eager to rush you out of the place. So when you're ready to leave, simply get your waiter's attention and confidently ask, "La cuenta, por favor."
They seem to be everywhere. In almost every city there are musicians who add to the overall ambience to the place you are visiting. Rota is no different. We were able to listen to this guy play some traditional music on his accordian while we had lunch. They were very commonplace songs as some passersby were able to sing the lyrics. Keep in mind they will ALWAYS ask for a tip when they are done. If you don't want to pay, pretend to not be amused.
Another common performer is the large population of dogs in Rota. They are usually pretty good about having their owners pick up after them but some get overlooked. Watch where you step--it may give you reason to reconsider walking barefoot anywhere else than the beach.
Lavante is the term for the strong wind that blows from the south. Originating in Africa, the winds bring high temperatures and lots of dust. The old locals' tale is that a lavante will not end after an even number of days. So if you're in the second day of a lavante, expect it to be the same for at least one more day.
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