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One of Spain's most wanted? No - just a not-so-happy camper!
16 October 2013 @ 10:50

A friend of mine is a very hard-working gardener with her own business, and she rarely has two consecutive days off, so with Saturday being a Red Day, she decided to take her son camping on Kings Land Beach, just outside Torrevieja. I haven't been there myself, but apparently lots of people go there just to chill out and swim in the sea, and there's nearly always someone with a guitar.

She invited her friends to join her for supper and drinks, and they had a great time before going off in a taxi and leaving Sam and her son to bed down for the night. At about 3.00am, she was rudely awakened by the Guardia Civil, who ordered them out of the tent. They wanted to know what she was doing there, and asked to see her passport and vehicle documents.

Sam was very concerned, especially as she had her 12 year old son with her, but he seemed to be enjoying the moment. She'll be the first person to admit that clothes aren't important to her, but she must have looked particularly scruffy, because the cops asked her if she was on the 'Wanted' list!

After making a few checks, they asked her to break camp and go - they wouldn't even let her sleep there for what was left of the night. By the time she told us all about it yesterday, she'd seen the funny side, but I couldn't help wondering why they Guardia Civil don't take the same approach to all the motor homes that take over the prime spots at La Marina, or the Mercadona car park at Playa Flamenca. Maybe it was just the clothes that did it!

Anyway, our good friend Sam now has two nicknames, depending on how we feel. She's either 'Spain's Most Wanted' or 'The Fugitive!' With friends like us, who needs enemies?


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