While we were in Dénia’s historic center, before setting off on the bike tour around Montgó, look who we passed on the street!
Jorge Alarte, the Secretary General of Valencia’s socialist party! He and his entourage were making some sort of tour of the town. “Hola!” I called out. He turned, with his sleepy hangdog expression and returned my greeting.
Alarte has been the leader of the Valencian PSOE since 2008. Despite the corruption troubles of the opposition party, though, the Socialists haven’t been able to make up ground in the polls under his leadership. He’s from Alaquás and recently has had to battle back against outrage over his salary.
Alright, it wasn’t like bumping into David Villa, but it was still unexpected and a little exciting!