August, I thought, was a quiet month… Until I started writing this post. We weren’t working the full month, but we were both earning money, here and there. Mike’s parents came to visit and Tarragona was celebrating it’s Patron Saint, Sant Magi. If you’re interested in seeing just how we kept our expenses to about £900 for two people then please feel free to read (and share)! Here is August in a nutshell! Please note: All costs are for two people!
I should probably add here that I had to buy a new camera. I didn’t think it was fair to include it in our normal monthly costs, but for those of you that are interested I’m now armed with a beautiful Lumix Panasonic DMC-G1 that I bought for £118 (inc £5 postage)! I’m super excited to have a camera with an interchangeable lens option, a thread to mount filters onto and something that actually takes pictures when in manual mode.
Most things have stayed the same between last month’s Money Matters and this one. We’re still living in the same apartment (remember, we got it cheap because we were staying longer?) and we still love it as much as we did when we moved in. Which reminds me… ahem… SIGN UP TO AIRBNB AND GET £15 OFF OF YOUR FIRST BOOKING!
|The castellers (human towers) display for Santa Tecla, Tarragona|
Our expenses were a little higher because we splurged on treating Mike’s parents. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was Mike’s Mum’s birthday, hence their initial plans to holiday at this time. We suggested that they stay in La Pineda and we think they really enjoyed it and the few things we took them to see/do.
|Pam and the boys from House of Illusion, Salou|
These are some of our favourite activities from this month:
Moomads Top 3 things to do in Salou:
- House of Illusion. At 32 euros each I thought this was expensive, but having been I can honestly say it’s one of the best attractions in Salou. All inclusive drinks, delivered to your table throughout a VERY funny ‘magic’ show with plenty going on and not cringe worthy in the slightest. Highly recommended.
- PortAventura still makes our top 3 for Salou. Only now, you can do it for 25 euros each instead of 45 euros! See this post here that tells you all about.
- Inflatable sea slides. This is something we didn’t do, but the kids I had been looking after had an amazing time for 10 euros each for an hour. Their Mum, Becky, seemed to enjoy herself too!
When I asked Mike what his favourite things to do in Salou were, he said, “I dunno, I don’t like Salou.” Which I guess is a pretty fair statement to make. Since we’ve both spent a few weeks away from Salou, we both dread ever going back. Instead, we’ve fallen in love with Tarragona!
Moomads Top 3 things to do in Tarragona:
- Be sure to visit over a festival. The Sant Magi festivities were a bundle of fun that we just weren’t expecting. There is also the Night of Sant Joan, with it’s feature appearance from the Ball de Diables and Santa Tecla, which unfortunately we are leaving four days into (and before it really starts to get good 😦 ). (FREE!)
- Enjoy the view from the Mediterranean Balcony. (FREE!)
- Watch the castellers (human castles) in competitions or at their training halls. (FREE!)
We visited three towns in August, one of them being La Pineda, where Mike’s parents were staying. For the ease of keeping all of this info in one place (as September is about to get pretty hectic), I would like to bring your attention to Aquopolis (Aqua-PO-lis?) despite us not actually visiting this month.
Aquopolis is a water park and dolphinarium. It’s also pretty much the only thing to do in La Pineda (other than use the plethora of hotels for their facilities – on the sly, of course). You can read all about it here, and it costs between 14.90 euros and 25 euros for adults. It’s priiiittyyy goooood.