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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga May 27th 2009

OOOooooooooook. Spent the weekend in the province of Malaga, in a town called Torrox Costa. Tourist mania, but fun and a beautiful place. The majority of the first two days entailed numerous IKEA visits, and being the resident Swede, assembling all of the furniture for the apartment. The first trip made to IKEA was to purchase a couch and six dining room chairs, which clearly would not fit in the car with Ramon padre and myself. SO the most obvious thing to do was to rent a van, which Ramon would drive, and I would drive their standard shift car 45 minutes back to the apartment. AH! I was tweaking a little bit but pulled through divinely, if I may say so myself, and drove like a pro(bst) all the way home. On Sunday I went ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga May 22nd 2009

Ok. First off I have to say this is an AMAZING country. The lifestyle is one to envy. Wake up in the morning work for a couple hours. At noon everything shuts down for two hours for seista then re-opens and by eight o'clock it is pretty much only bars and dance clubs open. You start the night at a bar or small salsa bar and when you are kicked out at two in the morning you move on to a large discoteca until sunrise. Tons of historical sights to check out throughout the day, haggling in street markets, and beautiful mediterranean coastline. I fell in love with the temperate climate, laid back lifestyle, and fun loving people. If you do not speak Spanish fluently to not freak out. I was very rusty since I had ... read more
hand crafted wooden boat 1
acting like i know salsa
beautiful park in downtown Malaga

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga May 15th 2009

Well with another busy week of work done and dusted, we headed out to a little farm North of Malaga, where we were to live and work with a nice Spanish family for two weeks. Or so we thought. Upon arriving in the town of Colmenar we were greeted by our gracious host, Adam. Adam, although being a very inviting and interesting person, could not be less Spanish. In fact our Spanish was probably on par with his. Not to be deterred we decided that if couldn´t learn Spanish then we´d learn about organic farming. Lesson 1: S*¡t happens 2 days of shovelling, bagging, moving, rolling and unloading rancid, flea ridden animal pheacal matter. (Although I was somewhat accustomed to this with my time in the Army, Alison had to ´warm´ to it) Lesson 2: Organic ... read more
Stu and Rory´s creation to carry the weeds up the hill for storage
Exploring the farm
An old mill by the farmhouse

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga May 1st 2009

We have just spent the past two and a half weeks traveling around the countryside in Southern Spain (Andalucia province). Before we left Malaga we sent the last night enjoying the atmosphere of the Festival de Malaga which was a week long multicultural festival. There was also an international film festival on at the same time. We enjoyed a variety of tapa dishes from around the region, and also many varieties of beer and wine. Our next stop was a little town called Tolox, which is a small town situated at the foot of the Sierra De La Nieves (a large national park mountain range). We caught a local bus to the town (we weren´t exactly sure where we were going as no one spoke any English but we managed to get there ok!) We had ... read more
Festival de Malaga
Nightlife in Malaga

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 29th 2009

Day 23 During the night around midnight, our Cruise Ship went through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. Our Cruise Boat came into Malaga around 7 am in the morning. Malaga was settled by the Phoenicians more than 3,000 years ago.The city lies approximately 120 miles northeast of the Strait of Gibraltar along Spain's Coastal Plain. Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol, which is approximately 300 km. long, stretching from Cadiz in the west to the Gulf of Almeria on the east. Malaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. We rode the port shuttle bus to the end of the terminal, then we walked along the port road, past a Lighthouse to Malagueta Beach. img= read more


Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 20th 2009

Well this last week has been pretty insane since the semester is ending on Friday already...we're trying to do as much as we can while we've still got time, but get some studying done in the meantime! Last week was kind of cold for some strange reason, but yesterday was one of the warmest days we've had in awhile, so we decided to go to Benalmadena again and spend the day at the beach! We also went to a Tex Mex that I think was the first place in Spain where we've ever had food that's actually spicy....Spanish people here claim there food is spicy, but it is such a lie....haha. This was the last weekend I got to spend with the ISA people, which was a little depressing...and we were going to spend Thursday night ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 18th 2009

We arrived in Malaga, Spain, about a week and a half ago. We were amused by the passport checking station as they barely even glanced at our passports. A blank page was opened for a split second, just enough time to stamp. Those with Spanish passports simply held them up and they were ushered through without even looking at the photo! We immediately fell in love with Spain - it was nice to be in a place that was even more laid back than Australia (and warmer than England haha!) Little did we know that we had arrived on the first day of ´Santa Semena'which is a week long Easter celebration in Spain. We stumbled across the procession through the city streets which included very elaborate floats depicting Jesus and The Virgin Mary at various stations ... read more
Our training area
Semena Santa
One of the floats

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 13th 2009

Well....we are already on our last day of Semana Santa which means tomorrow is back to school and then the semester is ending in TWO weeks!! Weird... We've spent basically everyday at the beach since we got back from London, but no complaints there I guess....other than the slight sunburn! We decided to get on the train and check out Benalmadena today, which is just a few towns over, and it turned out to be a really cool town. Definitely not as touristy as Malaga and seemed to be more like a real Spanish city. I suppose its probably a good thing we don't live there though because there are a lot of foreigners from all over. and quite a few people there speak English because of it. Even though we spend the entire time at ... read more
And again...
More Benalmadena...near el Puerto Marina

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 12th 2009

Hola Amigos! We took a flight out of London on Thursday night to Alicante (Spain). Expecting a burst of summer we stepped off the plane and had to put on jackets and beanies. We spent our first night in Alicante and the following day was black friday. Subsequenly not much in the town was open. We hunted around for a deal to get to the south of Spain (Malaga) however everything was out of our very limited price range so we decided to give hitchiking a go! 2 days and 7 rides later we arrived. Hard work and very cold! The transport ranged from a BMW to a family campervan with a crazy nana. Not many people spoke a word of english. It certainly was an experience on its own...not sure if we would advise anyone ... read more
IOC London
Raj´s Kitchen

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 12th 2009

Today we arrived in Malaga and boarded a bus to take us to the beach for our kayak trip. We traveled an hour to the beautiful beach town of Nerja and found a little beach dotted with palm trees. It was a blue bird day, mild and sunny. We got outfitted with life vests and paddles and then carried our kayaks down to the water's edge. After a brief lesson, we climbed into our 2-person kayak and started paddling out to sea. I was in front and as we pulled away from shore, I felt the boat tip and suddenly, we were both in the water. Damn! It was cold! I swam back to shore trying to catch my breath and kept getting knocked down by waves as I tried to walk out. I ended up ... read more
Taking my kayak to the water
Bruce making some final adjustments
Blue sky!

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