Getting away from it

Juliet and I are away for a week in Spain at the moment. We flew into Malaga on Sunday for a couple of days before heading inland as usual to visit her parents for the remainder of our time away.

Our arrival in Malaga just so happened to coincide with the start of Día de Andalucía (Andalucia Day) celebrations. Walking on a carpet of colourful confetti up the Marqués de Larios was really an assault on the senses. Large numbers of revelers (and their children) were bedecked in flamboyant fancy dress. Celebratory lights arched the thoroughfare which was flanked with percussion-led musical troupes and human statues with the sweet smell of sugared almonds hanging in the air.

We enjoyed a nice late breakfast in the square by the cathedral at a Cheers! themed eaterie (complete with a life-size model of Norm Peterson sat at the bar). This was followed by a wander around the harbour and a drink on a replica Spanish galleon before heading back to the hotel and then, later on, two of my favourite Spanish traditions: siesta and tapas.

It’s been nice to have a foretaste of the summer to come: the nighttime low here is currently warmer than the daytime high back in Edinburgh.

See you next week!

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