TOO MUCH SEX IN SPAIN...HOTEL TOILETRIES...JIM'S DEAL OF THE DAY.
Boy, things are getting goofy in Spain these days.
I ran across a story on Twitter (thanks to a London Times tweet, which was a referral from a story in the Spanish paper El Pais) today about how prostitutes have been having sex with johns in full view of tourists strolling along Las Rambla.
Nothing wrong with a little raunch, and Barcelona (see Las Rambla photo below) is known for a pretty laissez-faire attitude. But the German paper BILD (I won't link to it but if you're desperate to see the images you can probably find them) published photos of two women clearly engaged in sex with men in what looks like a fairly open part of the city. And that's way over the line.
Spain is, of course, a very religious country. But there's also an ability to shrug off sexual issues, at least some of the time. It makes for an interesting dynamic.
Fed up with the prostitutes, the Barcelona city council has voted to open more brothers in town, mostly around La Rambla. Locals, and opposition parties of course, have reacted in horror and have said the mayor wants to turn Barcelona into Amsterdam south.
Meanwhile, not far off shore on the island of Mallorca, there's a bar called Playa de Palma that apparently encourages sex parties. Many folks wouldn't care about that, but German tourists apparently have found that images of them cavorting on stage have made their way onto video, and back to Germany. This doesn't always go over well with the boss...or the spouse.
BILD, always up for a good sex story, says patrons are unaware they're being secretly filmed on mobile phones, with the footage being uploaded to various porn sites that I won't mention in a family blog.
My favourite part of the BILD story I spotted the other day was a comment from the local police.
"The nightclub's license does not cover sex parties," said one cop. "For that the owners need a pornography license."
"We will investigate it with our special department."
At least he didnt' say his "special unit."
PASS THE SOAP
Read a cool item on USA Today's hotel blog today. Barbara De Lollis reports that Holiday Inn will start putting Bath & Body Works products in its bathrooms; particularly, the Coconut Lime Verbena line. Coconut-lime sounds like a Jimmy Buffett tune to me, but I love both smells. I don't like using sunscreen, personally, unless it smells like coconut, cuz that always reminds me of Hawaii. Stupid, I know, but I admit it.
I've always had a thing for hotel toiletries, as the maids who have to replace the stuff in my room would probably attest.
I had reams of stuff at home until my wife and I cleaned most of it out the other day. I give a lot to my sister-in-law, but I'm also sentimentally attached to a little bottle I have with the name "Napili Kai Beach Club" on it, from Maui. And a small (well, kinda big, actually) jar of bath soap from Sandy Lane in Barbados.
Anyone care to admit if they're the same?
JIM'S DEAL OF THE DAY
The Bulfinch Boston wants you to ‘Cut the Bill at the Bull’ as it celebrates its fifth anniversary. With this promotion, a minimum three-night stay gets you a choice of five amenities, all priced at $5 (