A national scandal took place in 2002 in Spain. And like so many scandals of recent years, people noticed, grumbled a little bit and then got back on with their daily lives. Yet it is a scandal that has cost the people living and visiting here millions of euros. Or maybe hundreds of millions of euros. Incalculable millions of euros. Ok, I´ve no idea how many euros but loads, definitely loads. Possibly more even.
Bars, restaurants, pubs and shops all took advantage of the introduction of the euro to bump up the price of many everyday purchases. To take just one example, a cup of coffee in a bar changed from 100 pesetas to 1 euro. Considering 100 pesetas is about 60 cents, that´s quite some price hike. And everyone kinda went, “well, that´s shit isn’t it. Fancy meeting up for a coffee later?”
The average cost for a coffee is now about 1,40, with some places in San Sebastian now charging 1,60, 1,75. But a cafeteria opened recently which charges a euro for pretty much
everything. Cup of coffe – 1 euro. Napolitana – 1 euro. Baguette – 1 euro. Croissant – 1 euro. It´s great for a maths dummy like me. Even I can work out that if I´ve had two cups of coffee, a napolitana and a grilled croissant then that will be, err, wait… 4 euros! Cheap and easy.
The Harina & Café bar has opened up in a local on the corner of the Avenida and el Paseo de los Fueros that seems to change hands every couple of years. Hopefully this one will have a bit more staying power, cause it´s a nice, easy, friendly little bar. The quality is fine too although you can get better if you fancy paying for it.
Harina & Café, Paseo de los Fueros 1. www.harinaycafe.com