Not long to go ...
After coming from seeing The Giants and their Troupe - and indeed, making my peace with them - ‘cause in the end they are all nice guys - I arrived at the Restaurant Europa to hand over the award for the Guiri del Año to Chiyoshi Sugawara, a real Japanese and with a name that sounds like a samurai, or geisha, or maybe like one of those "heavy" movie directors who is not any nicer for not doing any exercise.
I was with this guy in Japan last month and they all treated me so well over there I nearly stayed for ever in Tokyo. I could have been a cook in a sushi restaurant. Yesterday we met up again and it made me feel so happy. Because the Japanese are like that, they make you feel happy. Also at the restaurant were Americans, Moroccans, Swedes, Germans, English and other unclassifiable people as well as the ubiquitous Urmeneta. As the days pass, that man is getting to look more and more like a hermit in search of an electric shaver
There were more languages being spoken there in the restaurant than you would hear in the UN. But, no problem for yours truly as I learnt my English with one of those "English in a1,000 words" courses. I couldn`t even stay to eat because it was all very posh and ostentatious and that is not my style at all at all. What I dig is the street scene, the ham and eggs brunch and mixing with the hoi polloi in Estafeta in the busy afternoon hours. And that is how I finished my day; having my photo taken with all the " guiri"foreigners and telling them how cute they looked and thinking it must be nice to arrive from abroad and find that they treat you just like one of their own.