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Torrox Costa

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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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  • 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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