Day 14, 15, 16 - On to Malaga!!!!
Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
17Trip End Aug 26, 2010
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Our plane is a bit delayed, but not too badly. We walk out of the gates, grab our luggage, and find Inigo and Jaione waiting for us wearing the custom tshirts we had made for them as a gift on our last get together, with a big banner above them (a red arrow pointing down to themselves) ... "GUIRI" ...
Guiri = Spanish for horrible tourist. ... A running joke between all of us ... Its funny. Other passengers on the plane are even laughing as we share hugs ... its great!
An easy hike to the train and our apartment ... and we cap off the night with some excellent seafood. The kids devour the mini-squid ... even after Sam notices the two black dots that mysterioiusly look like eyes ... hehe ... Simon had one too and said, "Hey, not as bad as I thought... " ... no camera today (or the next as it turns out) ... but I'm SURE I will photo some of this great grub as the days go on. Fried fish, battered fish, boiled gambas (shrimp) with salt, fresh veggie tomatoe salad, ... great grub all pulled fresh from the ocean in front of us.
Next day, a trip to the beach. Inigo and Jaione meet us there with their foster child Deanna. ... Deanna is a beautiful little Russian orphan. Inigo and Jaione have gone through a strict screening process this past year and been approved to be a part of a program that matches young Russian orphans up with Spanish families, and then brings them to Spain for a long term visit over both the summer and Christmas seasons. ... Just prior to Deanna coming, after the long process of approval, Inigo and Jaione were informed she had an eye problem, and were asked if they still wanted her to come. ... Their response was an immediate YES!!
"Ella! How are you? How are you? How are you?" ... fills our day at the beach ....
Then we clean up and Inigo shuttles the whole crew to the nearby outdoor shopping mall / plaza / disco-center / grocery store. This place is HUGE. and its crawling with life. We get there just in time for me to do a last minute grocery run to add to the items Simon and Janice got yesterday from the nearby waaaaay overpriced market. ... the grocery store closes at 10pm ... and then I run across the mall to meet with the others who have found us a place to eat. ... Just shy of midnight, we are finished with food and headed back to the apartment ... and the mall is still FULL of families! Toddlers, children, pre-teens ... ... all still alert and awake and having a great night with no signs of slowing down ... ... and the night life is seems to be a bit of a ways of still. Only a group or two of adults in club outfits start making their appearances. .... its nuts! "Crazy Spaniards!!", I say to Inigo over and over again with a smile. ... The kids here don't go to bed until after midnight regularly during vacation time
Back to the apartment. SLEEP.
Today, I woke up at 1pm after a tough night's sleep. Precious Deanna thought it would be funny to play a practical joke on me so she messed with the air conditioning controls and I couldn't get it to turn back on!! Finally , I woke up at 3am and messed with it and got it running. ... but it was just a lot of tossing and turning for most of the night.
Down to our apartment's pool where Inigo, Jaione, and Deanna meet us for a day of swimming followed by 3 mile walk and eat!
Inigo's parents own this as a secondary beach home and have SOOO graciously offered us to use it during our stay! Its a very nice 3 room / 2 bath apartment with a view of the beach, a private pool, and a short w minute walk across the parking lot to one of the best beaches in the Malaga area
Deanna. Man. We are in love with the little girl SO MUCH. She spends 30% of her time holding on to Momma Jaione, 30% clinging to Inigo, and 40% holding Ella's hand. I was on the verge of crying today just watching her and Ella interact today. At lunch for instance, ... we decided for the kids and pregnant Jaio to eat at Burker King. ... Precious Deanna sat there with her burger close to her face, with a smile, smelling it, asking "Poppa... queso? Donde queso?" ... searching for each bit of cheese around the meat, plucking it, eating it ... then Poppa Inigo saying to her, "Mira Deanna, mira ... esta bien ..." ... bringing the burger close to her mouth, she takes a bite ... "Mmmmm. Poppa, carne..." ... Can't put it in to words well enough. Just so beautiful. This little Russian girl, thrust to their home with ZERO Spanish ... and now, speaking some words and so full of love and happiness.
Today we finally busted out the camera for a couple of photos, but darn it, none are clear of Deanna. Will get some in the coming days I'm sure.
... Janice has been aching for some working out (like the marathon of walking miles each day isn't enough!!) ..
Hmmmmm. What else to say? ... Simon well, lets just say he enjoyed some Tinto Verano quite a bit the past couple of days. That was fun ...
Lots of relaxing at the pool and beach. Just what this trip called for! And more to come !!!! ...
Tomorrow we travel by train to meet Inigo's parents in person for the first time and visit their home and beach .... they are in the HEART of Malaga, on the same street as the city's renowned bullfighting ring and only blocks from the beach! We are excited to meet them having spoken with them once on video Skype a few months back.
Tonight, several hours of work ... and now some sleep.