Waking up in Lugo might be considered equal to waking up in any town on the road. This was an apartment with two rooms, Olivia and I in one and Sarah in the other, hotel beds, bathroom and in this case, because it was an apartment, it had a kitchen with a decent-sized fridge. Nothing particularly unusual. We had to be out of the room by noon but weren’t in too much of a mad rush to get back to Porto, Sarah had to re-check into her Airbnb and we had plans for later on but as it was just a three-hour drive, we had time to take it easy. But what would you do on a beautiful day in Lugo with time to spare? Let’s think, I know, let’s walk around the only remaining complete Roman wall in the world that circles the city and has survived since the 3rd century.
The experience of Spain, the shows, experiencing the history of these ancient cities that I previously didn’t know was all coming to an end and I feel richer because of it. Massive thanks have to go to Juancho who made it all happen and looked after us. Actually, the chain of events is linked to sessioneer Rohan. He came to stay with us from Australia and he was going to the Luna Fest in Coimbra to see Devo. Devo cancelled, but he made me aware that The Only Ones were playing, I didn’t know. To see Devo, Rohan went to Scotland instead. At the festival, we were standing at the front when Juancho and his friend recognised me and that led to us hanging with Peter Perrett and Jamie Perrett and his wife Gabriela and chatting to Peter’s wife Xena and that led to Juancho finding these two shows for us. Such was the success, this will lead to more shows perhaps in the bigger cities sometime next year, so not only thanks Juancho, but thanks Rohan.
We drove back to Porto through the Spanish hills and under a fiery sunset, we entered into Porto, no borders, this European Union thing is a great idea, I’m hoping that one day Scotland will join. We arrived back in Porto, Olivia fought for a parking spot as Sarah drove around the block and we unloaded into The Archive. Once that was done, believe it or not, Sarah and I drove to Matosinhos and IKEA. We got Kallax shelves for part of the hallway vinyl, a blue table, cacti, candles, and frames for some posters, especially for Ziggy. You can probably see why catching up with the blog has been tricky, every day is full of practical action.
Music today has been Tiny Ruins – Ceremony (2023). A lovely new album from Hollie Fullbrook and her band. Hailing from New Zealand, this is their fourth album. I have the second album, Brightly Painted One (2014) and this new album reminds me that I need to find the other two, Some Were Meant For Sea (2011) and Olympic Girls (2019).