Malaga

Trip Start Oct 30, 2005
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

After passing through customs in Morocco, we walked towards the ferry. There was a bus waiting there, so we enquired if it went to the ferry and how much. 1 Euro each, for what was really only a short walk, so we hopped back off and started walking. Glenn enquired with some guys sitting nearby where to go, and they asked why not take the bus - its free. Hmmmm... but we didn't want the hassle, so we kept walking.

On boarding the ferry, we were unsure where to go, so asking we were told anywhere. Woohoo - off to the first class lounge! Here, we waited, and midday soon passed. Still no sign of action, so we had a look to see what we could eat on board - an expensive hot dog and a coke - barely acceptable, but it would have to do. Waiting a lot longer, and getting anxious about missing further transport to Malaga, the ferry finally departed, some 2 hours later than scheduled. To add to our worry, there was also a 2 hour time difference between Morocco and Spain, and not in our favour!

The ferry ride was quite interesting to see how close the top of Africa really is to Europe, and we also had some small dolphins jumping along side us for a while.

Arriving in Algericas (very late), we had to get directions to the bus station (and Glenn had to use his French again as little English was understood) - the information desk was of course closed as we were so late. With a lot of assistance on the way, we eventually found the bus station and got tickets for a bus leaving in 5 minutes!

We were on our way to Malaga! Arriving, we had directions to take a bus to our hostel, but searching around we had no idea where to get a local bus from. We tried asking, but without Spanish, we were stuck. So we grabbed a taxi, and they took us straight to our hostel. It was quite late in the evening, but still light enough with the European summer. We wandered around town a bit, before settling on a Tapas dinner nearby our hostel.

After some much needed sleep, we had breakfast with some of the people in our hostel (a 73 year old German guy, a Swedish girl and an American girl - quite a mix of people) and then went for a walk to explore Malaga - through the old town, along the beaches and back through the small streets of the old town again - with buskers playing four seasons and painters working on a street scene - quite a wonderful way to wander through the town.

That night, Spain played in the world cup, so it wasn't so easy to get much sleep - especially as we had to have the windows open as it was so hot here.

We rose the following morning for our early flight to Harmburg, Germany. We had to walk a fair way through the town to find a taxi stand, but were happy when we did. We made our way to the airport. Our visit to Spain was too short to really get a feel for the place, but still it was only really a point of transport for us... our little time here was a bonus.
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