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Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2014

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Well, Mark has been on board for nearly 2 weeks and leaves us on Saturday to get back to reality.  Just before he arrived he learnt that he was being made redundant.  This is the second time in a year so although he had this on his mind we hope he has had the best time that he could with us. We wish you success in finding another position soon Mark.

Since Gibraltar we have dawdled along the coast visiting Duquesa, Estepona, Marbella, Fuengirola and here in Benalmadena.  They have all been very nice stops and my first swim was in Duquesa from the beach.  It was smashing.  Steve and I also went in at midnight because it was so hot.  Our first invite onto another boat too.  A live aboard couple on a motor cruiser got chatting to me and we got invited for drinks on the last afternoon of our stay there.

Marbella (Bajadilla) was also a very nice stop.  The seafront was attractive and didn't have the 'run out of money' look that quite a few of the other marinas we have stayed in have had. The beach was right next door to us so we had a swim there too.  The water is just warm enough to be refreshing and a pleasure to be in.

Fuengirola....we had hoped to meet up with my friend Ann here but her circumstances did not allow that.  Sorry we missed you Annie! While we were in the marina we met a Swedish guy (Thommy) who had left Stockholm and worked his way down the French coast to arrive in Fuengirola a day after us.  We met him when he came along and asked us about the tidal rise and fall.  We later met up again in a cafe by the marina where we were partaking of pints of beer for 1E...actually the guys had the beer and I had Pina Coladas...not for 1E...5E  and delicious they were too!! Thommy was on a 3 year trip doing the same as us but heading back to the Baltic through Europe via the Rhine and Danube.  At 10.30pm we were invited onto his 41' Beneteau for drinks and didn't leave until midnight.  Next day we left the marina to go to anchor outside the breakwater.  The sea was so calm that it was not a problem and Steve and I enjoyed a swim off the boat.  Steve also donned the snorkel and mask before we left the marina to retrieve the end of the water hose that dropped in as he undid it from the tap.  I also had a morning swim and even plucked up courage to dive in off the sugar scoop at the stern.   My idea is to try and swim everyday if possible to keep up some fitness.

A short motor along from Fuengirola to Benalmadena that morning and we were in the marina by lunchtime.  A thick fog came down as we arrived but it blew away within a short time.  This morning I got up early (8.30am!) and went to the beach for a swim.  I was one of about 6 people on the beach but the only one swimming.

Nothing exciting has happened but we have seen several flying fish and a small shark.

Today at lunchtime Steve decided he had to try and catch some of the fish that swim in the marinas.  The  grey mullet are not good to eat but there are some others that look like Bream that are good.  He tied a hook to some line and then tied that to the end of one of his rods and then put the line over the side with bread attached and threw in some old biscuits that we didn't like as bait.  He caught one straight away as it was like a feeding frenzy.  Not too much later another 2 were onboard so our supper was secured!  Well done Steve. A Spaniard came over to watch and gave us the information about the fish.

That's all for now folks.


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Pauline and Roly on

Hi there! good to hear from you. Sorry about Mark's redundancy. That halo over Gibraltar looks like a space-ship!All that swimming at various venues and drinks aboard and ashore sounds fantastic. We're off on Sunday to Chipping Sodbury for a week-sounds a bit tame compared to your adventure!Enjoy!, love, Pauline xx and Roly x

Brenda on

Glad you are enjoying your adventure - still not envious though- the thought of those huge waves horrifies me. Stay safe, God bless - love Brenda

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