Backtrack to Gibraltar

Tom, Kim, Keith joined Harvey at Gibraltar a few days ago, and I had more to add to that adventure.

Keith, Tom, Harvey, Me and Kim in Gibraltar

Harvey and Kim have been friends all their lives, as the family have known each other throughout the generation/s. Harvey works in Gibraltar and agreed to take Kim and Keith on tour for part of the day. Tom and I met two days earlier and decided to see Gibraltar together, and that’s when we met up with Kim and Keith and they invited us to go with them when Harvey would join us.

Before we met Harvey, all four of us sat in the town square and had a delicious lunch. While we sat there, Tom saw a camera chip under a chair a bit away from us. He picked it up and asked around if anyone had lost one, and when the answer was no, he took it into the restaurant. No sooner did he do that, then a couple from Norway came looking for it.

Tom was the man of the hour, when the couple found he had turned it in, and they insisted on having their photo taken with him.

After lunch we met Harvey, who is the most interesting fellow. He works with nuclear submarines for the government of Gibraltar and England. I hope this is correct, as hearing exactly what he does was not always easy. He did explain it a bit, and it seems to be something for which he first gained the knowledge while he was in the British Navy in submarine work.

We met him at the tunnel from the city square away from the port.

We toured a museum that was established by the 1928 General Sir Alexander Godley who was the Governor of Gibraltar in 1928.

In his desire to reform and restore Gibraltar, he created the national museum, after he got permission to use the ordinance house, which had chambers of Moorish bath houses and also was used as a semi-underground stable. The museum was open in 1930.

At most interesting museum, and a gift shop full of books about Gibraltar. At the end of the tour, I began speaking with the woman who ran the shop and took admissions to the museum. She was born and raised in Gibraltar, as was her parents, and her grandparents. They had some ancestor Spanish heritage, and I noticed she used both a little Spanish and English mixed together, which is not uncommon in Gibraltar.

Harvey explained later that it is where the word ‘gibberish’ comes from.

After touring the museum, we waited for Keith, and when he finally came out of the museum,he told us he had been trapped inside the toilet, and had to force his way out.

This made us all laugh, as first it was the monkey who jumped on Kim’s head, and Tom being celebrated, and then Keith’s experience. It made the day, almost.

Harvey lives in Algeciras and commutes to Gibraltar every day, so he agreed to take Tom and I to our respective hotels.

Spain was exercising its peeve with Gibraltar for ages old history, and once in awhile makes it difficult for people to get back to Spain. We sat bumper-to-bumper and when we almost got out of Gibraltar, we were sent back into the queue, but finally got out and on the way.

Wars:

I’m not doing justice here with the whole picture of Gibraltar and how tunnels were bored into the rock for various wars throughout the ages, including the use of tunnels for WWII.

For those of you who want to know more about how the rock was used in that way, there are many websites with that information. To tell the truth, I was a bit more interested in the monkeys.

However, there are caves with stalactites and stalagmites, and in one very large cave, a complete amphitheater was built for concerts. The acoustics are amazing, the guide told us before we went down the long tunnel.

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