Thursday, May 23, 2024

Malaga: Final

On Saturday, Anna slept in while I went to the beach. The city of Malaga does not have a huge beach but a beach is a beach and I was excited to be in my happy place.


That evening we went out for dinner and drinks.

Sunday we took the bus to a large flea market and did some shopping. It was a pretty mellow day.


Monday we had an early flight back home. It was a great trip. I will definitely return to Malaga. May is a perfect time. Good weather. Reasonable crowds. 

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Malaga Day Five

On Friday Anna and I were tourists. The night prior we went through our list and made a plan. I love lists. I love plans. I like to think I am a chill traveler but having a framework for your day and making adjustments as you navigate the day works for me. 

We started by climbing 25 flights of stairs (per my watch) up to the Castillo de Gibralfaro. Ya, it was fucking tough. But we got some great views along the way and laughed a lot at one another’s lack of passion for exercise. Full disclosure: We only walked it because the bus was full.





We walked back down and had a nice lunch before visiting the Teatro Romano de Malaga, an ancient Roman theatre. We also walked to the top of the Alcazaba de Malaga, a Moorish fortress. 





We returned to the Airbnb where we rested and showered before going out for dinner. The two of us laughed the evening away. I am happy. The only thing that would make it better is to have Paradis but only 46 more days! 



Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Madrid to Malaga

On Monday I worked from the hostel’s rooftop bar. The view was not that bad.  

I made my way to the airport where I finished up work in the lounge, had an uneventful flight to Malaga, and settled into my apartment for the week. 

Tuesday and Wednesday I worked most of the day but took a few hours to walk through the city center as I made my way to the beach. Wow! Malaga is beautiful! Not to mention the weather is just perfect at 26-28°c (78-81°f), sunny, a little windy, and no humidity. This is going to be a great week.







Thursday was a repeat except I picked up Anna from the airport. We will be here through Monday. Another holiday begins! 

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Madrid, Days Three & Four

On my third day in Madrid I started with a walk to El Retiro park. It is a large park in the middle of the city and was filled with locals enjoying the Saturday with families. I rented a boat for €8 where my rowing skills came in handy. 



I had lunch and walked for a couple hours through the park before making my way to Prado Museum. 



At Prado I met up with my girlfriend, Michelle, from California! She was finishing a two week adventure in Europe. We visited the museum together and I made my way to her hotel and took a siesta in the lobby waiting for her bus to arrive. We had a lovely evening together enjoying some Italian food and talking non-stop. I miss her. 





I ended the evening at Plaza Mayor where there was opera music. At midnight the streets were bustling with people. Have I mentioned I love the Hispanic energy? 

Day four was a Sunday and I made my way to the El Rasta flea market. What fun! It was huge and things are so cheap in Spain. Being a minimalist makes it hard to buy but if my girls would have been with me we would have bought lots. I had a poem written for me about travel. The translation speaks of planes and trains but does not make much sense. But when he read it to me I almost cried. 



I wandered Madrid for a few more hours taking in the beautiful architecture and had a €5 lunch near Plaza mayor. 





I ended the evening having a drink with a new friend that was introduced to me from an old friend in Minneapolis. Anne and I discovered we share many interests beyond our love for Wool&. It was a good day. 



Saturday, May 11, 2024

Madrid, Day One & Two

I am at the beginning of a twelve day adventure. It started with my Anna arriving in Amsterdam! She will spend the summer with me following her third year at college. I am so happy! 

We spent a couple hours together before we boarded separate flights. Me to Madrid and her to Lisbon to spend a week with her dad. We will meet up in Malaga. 

The more I travel the less I think through my arrival. I am not kidding when I say upon landing I thought “Oh right, they speak Spanish here!” I had a late flight and arrived in Madrid at 22:00 hungry. I was so happy to see the streets busy with people eating and drinking. I love the late night Hispanic culture. 


Day two started with a walking tour of the city. Madrid is so beautiful. 

Plaza Mayor



After some tacos and a couple tinto de Verona’s (cheap sangria drank by locals) I took a two hour siesta! It was lovely. 

The weather here is hot for my Dutch-adjusted body. It is around 27°c (81°f). That may not seem hot but I am feeling it and applying sunscreen like my life depends on it.

I then went on a tapas food tour. It was a gastronomic adventure that left me full and happy. I met many wonderful people from all over Europe. My favorite part of travel. 






Several of us returned to Plaza Mayor where there was a music festival. I love music sung in Spanish. Although I have no idea what they are saying, it is filled with such emotion.