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  Redhead
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10:19 03.08.2019
Grin (25771),

P. S. Also — the reason I was complaining about the beach being closed for swimming that day due to a bit of light wind and wave — I just thought it was silly of them. But it was only one morning. I will take more pics of the beach today — it is very nice.
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17:16 03.08.2019
We spent the whole day on the beach today — so — took some pics. The beach is lovely — exclusive to the hotel. And today the sea was so calm and tranquil- lots of people were at the beach- swimming, going on floaters, little boats, etc

The hotel sun loungers are quite far from the water and most people put out parasols close to the actual water so that the kids can build sandcastles, etc

We also went on a small speed boat around the coast, which was fun.

























People dancing Zumba in the pool. I find all this animation stuff they do at the hotel pools a bit silly to be honest, but people love it — it seems — of all ages





People relaxing in jacuzzi





We ate on the beach all day today — lots of fresh sea food



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17:26 03.08.2019
My daughter buys a souvenir each day at the hotel shop, got quite a collection now — I especially like the dolphin salt and pepper shakers- cute













Tomorrow we will probably explore the Aquarium in Alberta — that is what the kids want.
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10:22 04.08.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> My daughter buys a souvenir each day at the hotel shop, got quite a collection now — I especially like the dolphin salt and pepper shakers- cute
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Hi, thanks for the pics, they are really nice.
And the dolphins are adorable))
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10:27 04.08.2019
Alina showed her new short program at Japanese ice show.

Here it is



I think she did pretty well despite the fact that this type of music is new for her. There were few imperfections, Alina is only getting used for her new choreo.
It isn't the final version of the program, they will add some elements and transitions later in the season. I'm looking forward to seeing this program develop. She's clearly matured and you can see that in her expression. I hope that as she's more comfortable with it she can add more passion and deeper expression to it — but it looks good for being so early already.
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16:35 04.08.2019
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> I think she did pretty well despite the fact that this type of music is new for her. There were few imperfections, Alina is only getting used for her new choreo.
> It isn't the final version of the program, they will add some elements and transitions later in the season. I'm looking forward to seeing this program develop. She's clearly matured and you can see that in her expression. I hope that as she's more comfortable with it she can add more passion and deeper expression to it — but it looks good for being so early already.
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She got to the point where she’s mastered both technique and artistry, she is probably in the prime of her career. Well done to her.
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17:13 04.08.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> My daughter buys a souvenir each day at the hotel shop, got quite a collection now — I especially like the dolphin salt and pepper shakers- cute
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>Hi, thanks for the pics, they are really nice.
> And the dolphins are adorable))
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On the 11th day of our stay here — we finally got to explore the inland area around. The hotel is actually in an up town area- once you start driving around — there are some nice houses with swimming pools, etc.
Took a few pics

















Went to the biggest Aqua park in the area









Went to the locally famous Almería Aquarium. Can’t be compared in size to the London Aquarium. The London Aquarium is the biggest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Although there are some bigger ones in Japan and the States, literally titanic- which contain whale sharks, etc. But the kids loved it — it has bull sharks in it, etc


















































My husband told me bill sharks are famous for killing more people a year in the world than any other shark.





A person cleaning the pool





My oldest touched a star fish





















On the bottom of this tank — this funny formed colourful coral looking thing — it is called a stone fish, it is so poisonous, if you step on it, you are a dead man.





They were fileting and cooking fresh tilapia at the hotel, they cook a lot of stuff fresh in front of you and the kids were like- Mom, how can you eat it, we just came from the Aquarium. But it was so tasty, couldn’t help myself.







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21:33 04.08.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Went to the locally famous Almería Aquarium. Can’t be compared in size to the London Aquarium. The London Aquarium is the biggest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Although there are some bigger ones in Japan and the States, literally titanic- which contain whale sharks, etc. But the kids loved it — it has bull sharks in it, etc
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We have «Москвариум» here in Moscow. Your pics reminded me of it. It seems Almería Aquarium is larger than what we have in Moscow though.
I'm glad you finally started to explore)
Lazy rest is fine, but It becomes boring after a 3−4 days.
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21:46 04.08.2019
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> She got to the point where she’s mastered both technique and artistry, she is probably in the prime of her career. Well done to her.
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She has to work really hard and deliver all the goods she has, because in this season Alena Kostornaya will be her «sparring partner» almost in every competition. Last season was just a cakewalk for Alina compared to the new one.
On the one hand fans will see top skaters literally at every competition, which makes it much more interesting to watch. On the other hand I want to see all of them (AAA + Alina +Evgenia) in the finals, but it's highly unlikely. I wish ISU changes the rules and allows more skaters to compete in the finals.
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23:23 04.08.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> Went to the locally famous Almería Aquarium. Can’t be compared in size to the London Aquarium. The London Aquarium is the biggest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Although there are some bigger ones in Japan and the States, literally titanic- which contain whale sharks, etc. But the kids loved it — it has bull sharks in it, etc
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>We have «Москвариум» here in Moscow. Your pics reminded me of it. It seems Almería Aquarium is larger than what we have in Moscow though.
> I'm glad you finally started to explore)
> Lazy rest is fine, but It becomes boring after a 3−4 days.
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London Aquarium is absolutely humongous (this is like a hybrid word between «huge» and «massive» — emphasises the meaning of «big»). There are sea creatures there from every ocean and sea from every content of the the world represented- even penguins from Antarctica. A day is not enough to see everything in it.

Re — exploring — we made a couple of mistakes. We went to Gibraltar straight away and we shouldn’t have done, we should have left it till last. The trip was exhausting, it’s a long drive, then boat. The kids were still tired from the flight and shocked by the heat — they cried and moaned the whole trip — the littlest was sick all the time on the boat. It was not enjoyable, but very stressful for us, knocked us for six, as they say. It took Daniel a couple of days to recover from sunstroke, we all hated it. We just thought we would get it out of the way first thing, cause later in the week my husband had to fly off to Portugal. Big mistake. After that — the kids just refused to leave the resort and I didn’t want to do it either to be honest. Now my daughter is sick - not as sick as Daniel was — just very tired, didn’t wanna eat her dinner and went to bed, complaining of headache. I suspect she has a sunstroke also — after the Aqua Park in the centre of Almería today. Even though we only spent like — an hour and a half there — at the most. The temperatures are merciless. It is alright on the beach, breezy, fresher- or by the pool, or indoors. Once you go further inland — the sun is blazing if you are out and about. That is why we prefer to go to places like this in May or June, so that we CAN comfortably explore. But this year — the half term overlap (school breaks are slightly different at my oldest’s and the youngest two’s schools — secondary and primary), was only 6 days in June, so it wasn’t enough, so I booked for summer holidays and here the primary school my youngest two are at — they broke up on the 21st of July. We don’t have 3 months school summer holidays here like in Russia. Only 6 weeks, starting around 20th July onwards.
Anyways, I understand a lot more now why over here they have to have a very long siesta during July and August.
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23:35 04.08.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> She got to the point where she’s mastered both technique and artistry, she is probably in the prime of her career. Well done to her.
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>She has to work really hard and deliver all the goods she has, because in this season Alena Kostornaya will be her «sparring partner» almost in every competition. Last season was just a cakewalk for Alina compared to the new one.
> On the one hand fans will see top skaters literally at every competition, which makes it much more interesting to watch. On the other hand I want to see all of them (AAA + Alina +Evgenia) in the finals, but it's highly unlikely. I wish ISU changes the rules and allows more skaters to compete in the finals.
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Well, at least you have a lot of talented Russian skaters, looks like they mostly compete between each other .at the international competitions Alina won quite a lot of titles already, didn’t she? I would root for Kostornaya, hopefully she will win more competitions now.

Got to go, speak later.)
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10:53 05.08.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Well, at least you have a lot of talented Russian skaters, looks like they mostly compete between each other .at the international competitions Alina won quite a lot of titles already, didn’t she? I would root for Kostornaya, hopefully she will win more competitions now.
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> Got to go, speak later.)
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You have the point; Russian ladies compete mostly among themselves at international competitions. There are some really talented skaters in Japan but they tend to fail when it matters the most, so they took 4−6 places at 2019 figure skating world championships. But we shouldn’t forget about new Eteri student from Kazahstan — Elizabet Tursynbaeva who became a top skater in less than one year all of a sudden and won the silver medal over Evgenia at worlds.

For me new season grand prix competitions will look like
Alina vs Alena
Evgenia vs Sasha Trusova
Elizabet Tursynbaeva vs Anna Sherbakova
I wish them luck and I hope they all will stay injury free.

Alina literally won it all. She has every major figure skating title. Many fans (haters) expected her to retire because of that but she decided to continue her career. I’m glad she did it because why on earth she should retire at the age of 17 if she likes to skate?

I’m rooting for Alena’s too. I’m a bit worried about Alena because she has to catch up after recovering from injury. She had to change her plan to add triple axel jump because of it (it is a really difficult jump, Alina and Evgenia can't do it). Without it base value of her programs will be similar to Alina’s, so if both are clean Alina will have a small advantage because of her titles. There is an unwritten rule that judges give some extra points in components score (presentation, musicality etc) for titled skaters. But if Alena will continue to skate like she usually does her components score will grow very fast from competition to competition.

I got to go now.
Have a nice day
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11:23 05.08.2019
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> I got to go now.
> Have a nice day
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I think if Kostornaya won as many titles as Zagitova — well, she would be able to promote Russia a lot more worldwide- cause of her exceptionally beautiful looks. I remember when — in tennis — Anna Kournikova was kind of shining at Wimbledon. She was never as talented as Sharapova, but — cause of her looks — she was in every celebrity magazine here, and of course — she was Enrique Iglesias ‘s girlfriend for a few years. They were constantly featuring in Hello, and Vogue and OK magazines. I just think — she (Kostornaya) would be a great advertisement for the Russian image in the world.

Grazia, have a great day too.
I am starting to buy souvenirs here now. Bought a cup with a bull on it (they sell bull memorabilia everywhere here, it is Spain- and my husband is Taurus by horoscope) and also they make personalised little ceramic tiles — I got some made for the kids)







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15:46 05.08.2019
P. S I made a mistake about Kournikova and Iglesias — they are back together again https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/us.hola.com/celeb...

They have been together on and off for 17 years and have 2 kids.

Subeme la radio — he wrote that song after they had their twin babies.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9sg-A-eS6Ig

Here in Spain Enrique Iglesias is like a local hero, they are so proud of him- Spanish kids know his songs by heart, his tracks are played everywhere, etc .
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20:40 05.08.2019
Hi, finally I'm at home. It was a busy day.

Today were junior test skates, plenty of new interesting vids!

As for me Kamila Valieva's "Girl on the Ball" was the best today. She is another star in the making from team Tutberidze. She turned 13 not long ago.
I can't believe her spins become even better. As for me she has best spins in the world right now. And she has really good skating skills for someone so young.



> Other notable junior ladies (expand)



> Notable boys (expand)
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