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  • Day625

    Torrox Costa

    March 13 in Spain

    We'd spent a considerable amount of time in the hills and mountians of inland Spain so decided to head to the coast. Our approach was signalled by increasingly tall buildings and we hit a series of seaside strips lined on both sides with high rise hotels and souvenir shops.

    Torrox Costa, one of these sprawling coastal settlements offered a large field in which vans could stay for free. It was overlooked by flats but had grass and a path leading alongside it down to the beach just 250m away from the spot we picked. There were perhaps 40 or 50 other vans parked up but enough room that it didn't feel cramped. Stepping out, the heat and humidity of the coast flooded in. It was pleasant to be able to wear lighter summer clothes and go barefoot. Will chatted away with the Yorkshireman nextdoor while Vicky took Poppy out to explore. The main nationality was German but there were a lot of British vans and some French, Dutch and Spanish registrations.

    We cracked open the windows and vents to air the van, while Vicky lost herself in her knitting and Will took his body board to the beach. It wasn't the easiest place to play around in the water; there being stones and a rocky reef, but he enjoyed himself anyway.

    The following morning was Poppy's 15th birthday! Vicky took her over the path and down to the riverside running parallel with it. She was enjoying herself until we were barked at by a little dog belonging to two rough sleepers under the road bridge. Poppy couldn't make it all the way to the beach and back but while she rested we took a stroll and paddled in the cool waves, watched over by the small lighthouse that marked the end of the beach.
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  • Day22

    Day 22: Costa del Sol

    March 9, 2017 in Spain

    Time to move on! Another long-ish breakfast and chat with Will, the Airbnb host, before we eventually loaded up the car and departed around 11am. Our plan for the day was to drive back eastwards along the area known as the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), one of the areas that gets flooded with Brits during the summer months.

    First stop for the day was the little town for Frigliana, which is about 10 kilometres back from the sea and perched up on some cliffs. Very picturesque here, with bright white buildings, great views peeping out from every laneway and thankfully not a huge amount of people around. Everything was very well kept and neat - obviously they get a lot of tourists here every year and want to keep it that way!

    Shandos had a recommendation for lunch so we huffed and puffed our way up the hill to a balcony restaurant close to the top. We had a table right on the edge, with fantastic views and thankfully food to match. I had a burger and craft beer, while Shandos had some wine and a couple of tapas dishes. Slightly on the expensive side, but not too bad and still miles cheaper than anywhere in Australia with that kind of view.

    After basking in the sunshine for a while we hopped back in the car and headed along the coast again, looking for some of the pretty little beaches that are hidden away. Unfortunately after some driving around we couldn't really find any - they tended to be several hundred metres away at the bottom of steep paths neither of us felt inclined to walk down! We contented ourselves with the clifftop views instead. Very picturesque all the same.

    Finally we drove into the town of Nerja for a look around. It was late afternoon by now and the siesta was in full effect, so most shops were closed. Managed to find a free park and had a wander around down to the main area of town, and a spot known as "the Balcony of Europe". It's a clifftop that juts out above the ocean (not super high, maybe 30 metres), but it sticks out quite a way so you essentially get 270 degrees of view from the point. Nice views of the coast in both directions, and the Mediterranean stretching out in front of you.

    Had an ice cream and hopped back into the car for the last little trip of the day to our room for the night. We'd booked another Airbnb in the next town over (Torrox), where we stayed in the self-contained granny flat of an older French couple. They were very hospitable, serving us drinks and snacks when we arrived. Flat was nice enough, though it was only about 50 metres from a semi-main road so a bit of traffic noise. Spent the evening watching a Man United game after a quick trip to Aldi for dinner supplies (bread, jamon). Moving on tomorrow!
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  • Day3

    G: first full day in Torrox-costa

    June 20, 2016 in Spain

    After our first day in Spain we just relaxed all day. We went to the beach and just chilled for a while. We also went on a zip line that was on the beach which was very fun. We came back for lunch and we just had sandwiches with meat, cheese, and lettuce and tomato. It was delicious. We then went to a little restaurant where we got some lemonade and connected to the wifi. Then we went back to the beach and stayed there until about 8 which was dinner time. We went to a restaurant on the beach and I got a big sandwich with egg, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion on it. We went to bed around midnight since we had eaten so late!Read more

  • Day4

    Torrox costa

    June 21, 2016 in Spain

    We're in a smallish seaside town named Torrox. I say smallish because that is the impression I got while driving in but, in reality, we haven't wandered from our base in an apartment on the beach. The home was exchanged with a nice Spanish couple who will be visiting my in-laws home while we are visiting here.

    Although this seems like it may be a place that some Europeans come for holiday (because there are United Kingdom, German and French flags flying below the flag of Spain) I get a sense that we are not the typical visitor. For one, folks who speak English are not the easy to come by. We use the limited Spanish we know, along with Google translate, to do the best we can when ordering food. The locals are kind but maybe also a bit put off by our limited knowledge of Spanish. I sometimes, although it could be my imagination, feel as if we're being watched as something out of place.

    I've pondered this a bit and believe this is a good thing for us - to feel as if we don't necessarily belong and to be a bit out of our comfort zone. It forces us to work harder on learning Spanish, because we can't rely on English speaking waiters. It forces us to observe and respect our surroundings because we don't want to look rude, be disrespectful, or, quite honestly, find ourselves in an unsafe place. And it forces us to accept that not all cultures are like America and that's ok.

    Consider these things: eating dinner at 9 PM is the norm here. The locally owned grocery store closes early so that the owner can be with his/her family in the evening. It is not uncommon for stores to close in the middle of the day. We don't need to tip the waiter because he/she is paid a living wage. The waiter won't provide you the bill unless you ask for it because your meal, and your time with friends and family, should not be rushed. It is impolite to order too much food and then simply throw it away after the meal. All of this, except maybe eating dinner at 9 PM, could be applied in America and maybe we'd be a little less rushed, a little less stressed, and a little more appreciative of people and relationships because people and relationships are where life is really found.
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  • Day4

    Nerja and Balcony of Europe

    June 21, 2016 in Spain

    Today we expanded our horizons and, after sleeping late and spending part of the day on the beach, we took a drive to the nearby town of Nerja. We were seeking to see prehistoric cave drawings that are said to be over 35,000 years old. Little did we know, the summer hours for the caves begin July 1st and we arrived after closing time. We had read, however, that near the center of the town of Nerja was the "Balcony of Europe" so we headed there. Our disappointment in not seeing the caves was soon displaced by the enjoyment of walking through the pedestrian streets of Nerja in our search for the balcony. We walked past cafes that spilled into the streets as visitors enjoyed the relaxed environment, as musicians played the accordion to entertain said visitors, and as tourists strolled toward the sea. We were rewarded with a memorable walk, some fine ice cream, and a spectacular view overlooking the Mediterranean Sea via the Balcony of Europe.

    What did we learn today?

    - you can have more than 1 ice cream cone a day (G&K had 3)
    - We're addicted to wi-fi so we go down stairs to a small Moroccan themed, bar/cafe to connect back to our virtual world (sometimes we buy something, sometimes we're pirates)
    - It is not easy to sign up for soccer camps and to get acclimated to a new soccer program via slow wifi
    - A zip line on the beach is more fun than almost anything else
    - Don't assume that summer schedules are equivalent for Europeans and Americans
    - When the Tartunga (the little bar downstairs) runs out of fresh lemons for lemonade, they'll run across the street and pick up more from the local market
    - The local market store is smaller than the smallest bedroom in my house
    - The local tomatoes here are way better than the grocery store tomatoes at home
    - The locals stay up late and open the Tartunga late (at 9M) for coffee and breakfast
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  • Day7

    St. John's Eve

    June 24, 2016 in Spain

    Tonight we experienced St. John's eve which is apparently much celebrated in Spain. I don't have good wifi but, from what I could tell, it is related to the summer solstice festivities of the pagans many years ago.

    We were getting to bed when we heard much commotion outside (mind you, this was just before midnight). From our balcony, we observed that the beach was crowded with party goers who were near the water as the clock turned to midnight. Some folks entered the water for a swim while in other areas fireworks boomed for another 20 minutes. Bonfires raged on the beach and it appeared that fire-lit lanterns were launched into the sky.

    One of the great things about traveling is experiencing the unexpected and seeing the locals celebrate this festival was a worthwhile experience!
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