Happy, healthy and prosperous 2015 to all my Costa Women connections. Now that's out of the way, when are we going to become friends as opposed to online friends? I have it on good authority from Ali that there are 25 Costa Women in Torrevieja alone. That doesn't take into account Guardamar, Benijofar, Benijuzar, Quesada, Algorfa and Rojales. And of course, the other way, we can go into Punta Prima, La Zenia, Campoamor - need I go on?
The thing is, ladies, we can get a good thing going here. There are a number of us, of varying ages and circumstances, and we can all support each other, network, and just have a natter and a drink. I know that other Costa Women have tried to get something going in Torrevieja but nothing came of it, and that's a real shame. So, New Year, new stuff. Let's make 2015 the year we set up a Costa Blanca Costa Women group.
I'm happy to get things going with an informal meet up, with a view to setting up a group with regular meetings and organised activities. I run a group on Facebook called Writers On Spain. No prizes for guessing what it's all about!
Anyway, a couple of months ago, I met up with Inka Piegsa-quichshotte, a fellow writer and Costa Woman, at the Casino in Torrevieja. It occurred to me then that it's a great place to meet up. It's a beautiful place, with seating indoors and outdoors, so it doesn't matter what the weather is doing. When I met Inka, it was persisting down, so we sat in the elegant salon. Two days later, I met another Writer On Spain, Steve Hall of This Is Spain fame, and we sat on the terrace, looking over the Marina. Even if you don't know Torrevieja, everyone knows where the Casino is, and it's on the bus route. There's also a huge car park opposite, so it ticks all the boxes.
So, my suggestion is we meet up informally at the Casino, with a view to setting up a Costa Women group, with all the good stuff that goes along with it. Themed meetings, meals out, trips, coffee mornings, wild, wanton evenings - whatever you want, because this will be your group, ladies.
Everything has to start somewhere, and Costa Women Costa Blanca will start at the Casino in Torrevieja on Thursday, 29 January at 12.00 noon. This will be an informal meet up, to get to know each other, float ideas for the group, and maybe rope in a few willing - or even unwilling - volunteers to get things moving. If you want to make an afternoon of it, the food is excellent and reasonably priced, and you won't need to work the roundabouts to pay for your drinks.
If you're within travelling distance, and you're free on that day, let me know if you can, or just turn up if you can't commit at this point. I'll probably create an event - if I can work out how to do it! Looking forward to meeting as many of our lovely Costa Women as can make it. Hasta 29 Enero, amigas!