Road Tripping

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
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Trip End Apr 06, 2013


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Todd!

Today we travelled to Mijas! (Meehaas), another White city hanging off the cliffs with the most magnificent views all around. It was gorgeous, a bit busier with tourists; first time we have seen a bus!

We enjoyed walking, stopping for Sangria and people watching. There are a lot of Brits touring, red faced, lips pursed and blue hair. They seem to enjoy two beverages, gin and tonic or tea, BUT when you see their grocery carts they are laden up with red wine in a bottle that looks like soda water/pop, and a pile of biscuits/cookies. Great fun this people watching. I certainly know they are also looking at me!

The Spanish are very friendly, very kind and embrace their guests, no matter where they come from. They greet each other warmly and do not raise their voices in anger in discussion, their voices are raised with excitement and laughter. Everyone will say they speak a little English, and will try, as we do try to communicate in Spanish.

Mijas was nearby (about a half hour away) we left our home around 2:00, after our leftover soup lunch, yummy. Because of its relative closeness to and the views of the Costa del Sol, the village receives a lot of tourists wanting to get a taste of the area without getting into the big city environment. We understand this because we feel the same way! We enjoyed seeing the donkey taxis; years ago so many tourists were taking photos of workmen coming home from work on their donkeys, giving the workmen tips that exceeded their weekly earnings, that the city allowed a donkey taxi stand to be set up to tour the village. You could hear them heehawing from every direction!

The other experience was entering a small museum for 1 euro that taught us all about life in a mountain village in the 20's/30's. Life was not easy. This museum portrayed daily activities from everyday housework, to mining lime, harvesting wheat and olives, making the olive oil and wine. There were no simple tasks. The museum also told the story of Manuel Cortés Quero, Mijas last socialist mayor who went into hiding in 1936 to avoid the Franco purge. With the aid of his family he stayed hidden for 33 years in an underground room, no bigger that 8x8. A replica of this room, with many artefacts and belongings of Queros' was very interesting. He emerged in 1969 when the government granted an amnesty.

We walked around Coin on our return, a great city to stay in for a base to branch out to various cities/villages around us! The downtown here really does not have much. It is more of an industrial hub, the country side is incredible with Coin nestled in the valley.

Out for dinner to a local restaurant, not bad but we have been spoiled. Notice, no photos! tony had fish and I had pork. Artichokes are in season, so we had a very good tempura for an appetizer! We were the only diners at 8:30, when we left at 9:30 people were starting to pile in! Everyone has lunch from 2:00 to 4:00 when everything shuts down, they start work at 10:00 a.m. and close their shops between 7:00 and 8:00p.m. As Sebastien told us, in Spain there is no time, it is what it is! The weekend is here and we look forward to Debbie and Mikes arrival tomorrow. We hope their journey here runs a lot smoother than ours.

Take care everyone,

Janie
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Katie on

You didn't ride the donkey's??!! All of it sounds so wonderful, got our Euros today..... a little over a week to go!!!

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