Tonight Kristina and I went out all by ourselves and had a feast, just the two of us. I was reminded of celebrating a special birthday dinner in Portland where the waiter also made it a special event.
We are having a very good time my aunt and I :-) !
Earlier today we went by bus to another little town named Nerja. There are lots of cute stores and Kristina found some new duds. Picture below...
There are some special traditions with the trip to Nerja. We sing a song in "canon" , three groups , on the Europa "dock" so named by Prince Alfonso . After this some various items are raffled out by drawing names. One item , a scarf which everyone has taken a turn to knit on during the trip.
This year it was won by Bert. He was our accordion player and really deserved a prize. I wish I could post the video so you could get the full measure of this event. :-)
Another great day. Only four days left but we will make the most of it I'm sure. Another big boule event tomorrow afternoon. We may have to look in to this "sport" at home ! It sure is popular in Sweden as well as here in Spain.
Two days of very windy weather. Puts a damper on activities. In spite of that Kristina saved the day in yesterday's boule competition by rallying at the end to pull off a win for the last of the "bus teams" so that everyone was happy with 8 wins for the "flyers" and 8 wins for the "bussers".
Such focus....they were down with 8-2 but through her efforts won by 13-11 . This tiny person has an incredible strong will to win ! And focus , even in "hurricane winds" ( well , not quite but windy enough to blow things off course )
We ate our chirimayo yesterday. It tastes like a very sweet smooth pear. With lots of seeds. I saved the seeds to grow but our cleaning person threw them out. Probably illegal to bring them into the country anyway.
Took a nice long walk to the other end of the waterfront this am . Much less wind and beautiful beaches there too. You can walk for miles !
There are lots of nice sculptures placed along the way.
I saw a bookstore along the way with a book about the history of Almunecar. I need to find out more about the last three Mores who were executed. There are sculptures of the three headless men in several places.
Here is a picture of our light lunch ! Lots of fun and laughter !
The interesting fruit I mentioned in a previous note is called Cherimoya I believe. As is common for me , I got it slightly wrong....
Funny little detail. The "tablecloth" is a little scarf/neckerchief which we suddenly discovered used to belong to my dad. We found his name written on one corner. Makes us feel good that he is present during our coffe clutches in the afternoon. Too windy to use the balcony today.
Very rough water but a few brave ( stupid ? ) people were out playing in the waves.
Joel just sent me a note to point out my flower at home as well as on the streets of Almunecar is a hibiscus , hyacinths. My brain is on vacation :-) ! Or maybe it is feeling the affects of....
More later. We went to the indoor market again today. An interesting fruit we will try later is called "chinimoya" ( hope I got that right) It is the funny looking one in the middle next to the avocados .
Today is a "blank" day and I have been wandering around in Almunecar. Found a hyacinth which looks like the healthy version of mine at home !
There was an "Oreo" along the way who kept me company !
I walked along the beach and came to the end of the beach front and there was a curious stone staircase. I ventured out but saw nothing but an empty beach . It was a cloudy overcast day today. Two elderly gentlemen stood there talking and sort of looking across the empty beach. Turns out this is the "nudist" beach. One of the members of our group who is not "quite right" had gone there and came back complaining that everyone was laying on their tummies .....:-) ! Nobody there today anyhow. Not a very soft and sandy beach either.
Today the only brightness came from the pretty flowers growing on the rock wall
Another nice relaxing day. We finished it at a neighborhood restaurant with friends. The hotel food is beginning to look like the buffet at Furr's cafeteria. One has to reach out for a bit of variety. Actually this is a good thing . Makes us practice portion control. The first few days everyone went all out and suffered the consequences.
A wonderful visit to the Picasso museum today. What a great experience .
This interesting statue was not a Picasso
Sorry i didn't write down the name of the artist but surely he was Picasso inspired !
Wandering around in Malaga in the small narrow streets reminded me of Old Town in Stockholm. The old houses are so wonderfully decorated. The old cathedral is in the background. It is called the one armed cathedral because only one tower is completed. The money for the other keeps getting used up by other projects :-)
One of our friends here named Mona knows a lot about things that grow. We see a lot of flowering almond trees all over. The white flowers are sweet almonds and the pink are bitter almonds. I will show you a picture of the trees at a later time but here is the cute and fuzzy little almond in his birthday suit.
Pretty cute , don't you think. Now that I have taken a picture of it I will peel it and show you the inside but it will have to be tomorrow. I am preparing to leave here ( at the crack of 9 , Becky , I am reminded of your classes in Stockholm ) It will be a very exciting day visiting the Pablo Picasso museum in Malaga. It isn't with "our" group , but we exchange people when there is a need to fill a bus. We had some of their folks going with us to Alhambra. I could not miss this opportunity when it was presented. The museum is in his home where he was born and raised. Kristina isn't going but she urged me to go.
Today we walked up to the old "Borg" . Almunecar has been here a very long time .
There are some reminders of old times all around. Somehow the city has resisted total elimination of the old in favor of tourism. There is an archeological museum ( have not visited yet) and the old "fortress " amongst other reminders.
I need to find out more about the three statues of the bodies who were decapitated. My picture doesn't want to download from the phone so it will appear at a later time.
There is a statue of one of the old founders as well.
Tomorrow we make our trek to Alhambra which is just magical with all the mosaic. Can't wait to see it again. My posts have re arranged themselves when I didn't realize things never downloaded so for those who may not have seen the update, Auntie Kristina is back up and running. The foot has recovered and the cold is mostly over and the fever down ! PHEW !!