Spain: Last but not Least

Goodness!  We have been having some technical difficulties around here!  I think we finally have things sorted out and I hope to be a little more frequent with the post.  But we’ll see, our days are feeling very FULL lately!  We have been back in Denmark for a week, but the images of a wonderful vacation are still fresh in our mind, so I thought I would post photos from our last week in Spain, before moving on to images of “hygge” Copenhagen.  The Danes say that “hygge” (pronounced sort of like ”hooga” if you form your mouth for ”ee” instead of ”oo” ) can not be translated.  If we say it means “cozy” they say…”it is more than that”.  Uber-cozy. How’s that?)  “Hygge” season is well underway here.  I’ll touch more on that in a later post.

Spain turned out to be all we had hoped for.  One of the main goals of the trip was to have a chance for all of us (but especially the girls) to practice their Spanish.  It was wonderful to see Matea so comforted by hearing a language she could understand.  By the end of the trip she was ordering things in restaurants and talking to locals.  Dahlia kept counting in Danish and saying “tak” instead of “gracias”, but I could tell that the Spanish comprehension was still there.

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We finished out our trip in Spain with some time in an area called Calahonda, near Marbella. We spent most of our days between the beach and the swimming pool, sometimes outside from 10AM to 5PM, soaking up the summer we never had.  In fact, Matea spent so much time in the water, she learned how to swim all on her own for the first time!  She also learned to tie her won shoes on this trip – quite a momentous vacation, in more ways than one!

We took a guided walk in La Cala hills, where the colors of Spain were glowing.

We also took a day trip to Marbella to visit the market, stroll the winding streets, eat tapas and walk along the seafront.  Matea found some flamenco shoes to match her dress, which she’ll wear during Carnival week in February.

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From there, we traveled by car, to Nerja, stopping along the way to visit the Nerja caves.  They were impressive and quite fun for the girls to walk through.  (Little sis found it a bit spooky.)  The caves were re-discovered in modern times 1959 by five young boys, who entered through a narrow sink hole, known as “La Mina”.  The winding underground space contains giant formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

When Brett and I were in Nerja about 8 years ago, I stood on the Balcón de Europa and watched some little girls dancing around in sundresses and eating ice-cream.  It was one of those moments when I thought, “This seems like a great family place. I’d like to come back here with my kids one day.”  Looking back now, I wonder if those little girls were figures of my imagination…a look into my future.

Nerja is a gem along the Costa del Sol.  Unlike many other towns along the southern coast, a building restriction has been placed, so nothing more than 3 stories can be built along the beach front.  It’s charm brings many of tourists and expats – especially in the summer. October seemed like a great time to be in southern Spain.

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However, on our last full day, it rained.  It cast a bit of a damp mood for a little while as we waited in our hotel room for it to stop and found that it was only raining more and more as the day went on!  So we bought an umbrella and ventured out, walking through puddles and ducking into gift shops and ate our last gelato under a dripping palm tree.  I also decided to find a place to get a hair cut since it is about 10 times more expensive in Copenhagen!  I scored on a good cut for only 15 Euros!

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The sun came back just in time for breakfast on the terrace of our hostel and for us to bid farewell to that beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Adiós España, gracias por todo!

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