1. We arrived and walked across the border. The bus to our hotel was the number 3 that stopped about 800 metres down the road from the border. To get there we needed to cross the airport landing strip. Look right, look left, look right again and if all clear…LOOK UP.
2. Saturday Night is dead in Gibraltar. There are many canons in the streets of Gibraltar. If they were fired by an intoxicated larrikin after 10 pm on a Saturday night the chances of anyone being struck are remarkably low. We went out for a meal “sorry mate we close our kitchens at 4pm on a Saturday”. We went to Gibraltars most popular pub, at 9-00pm it was shuttered.
3. The streets are charming:
4. I saw only one person dressed in a military uniform (army). Wikipedia tells me that military spending is now a small part of the economy. The main contributors to GDP are financial services, shipping, internet gambling and tourism.
5. Spirits are free of duty. A litre of gin A$8.50, astonishing.
6. We wanted to buy tonic water for our very cheap gin. The lady said “The Indian shops will all sell it”. We weren’t sure what an Indian shop was. But sure enough. We went into a number of small grocery shops and every single one had an Indian person serving who I assumed to be the owner.
7. The siege tunnels had brass band music playing as you walked through.
8. We saw no graffiti except for graffiti from the 1790s that had been preserved. No tags, no spray painted murals, nothing. It absence was rather pleasant.
9. Few young tourists. Families and middle aged people from large cruise ships. We saw no evidence of the 18-35 demographic in late June. That didn’t trouble us.
10. It was more ethnically mixed than we had expected. Particularly we saw many more Jewish, Muslim and Indians than we had expected. We were also surprised that we heard as much spanish as we heard english.