Wednesday 16th Jan
16.01.2013 - 16.01.2013
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We are back on the mainland now in Malaga, Spain. Alicia and I decided to take a tour to a place called Mijas a little down the coast. It was a really nice little tour. We walked srpund the town which apparently is completely a tourist town. It gave great views down to the coast. The town has 'donkey taxis' which apparently came from the times when farmers would take their donkeys up the hill to get home. They found tourists asked them for a lift and gave them more money than they earned on the farm. Hence the tradition was born.
There is also an interesting little church in the town. Apparently a man came to the town and took about 26 years to build it all by himself. It is quite a small church and the inside of it kind of looks like you are in a cave. We also saw the outside of a bull fighting ring. The guide told us that in some parts of Spain bull fighting is banned, however in this area it would be like banning all tradition so it still exists here.
We had about an hours free time in the town. Alicia and I were initially planning to have a quick look in the shops and then get some tapas and churros, preferably at the like one cafe with wifi in the town. However, then we discovered how awesome the chops were! They were full of cool jewelry and ceramics and all sorts of other lovely things. Alicia found a clock that looks like it came out of Beauty and the Beast. I fell in love with a ceramics shop there. It was just packed full of ceramics, apparently they are all handmade and sourced from various regions around Spain. I spent quite a bit of time looking at all the beautiful different patterns, I even had to come back twice. I really wanted this tea set they had there as it had the nicest pattern in the store, but the teapot was massive so rather inpractical to travel with and take home. I ended up getting my tea canister for Spain and a small cake platter.
It truly was a beautiful little town, one of my favourite places so far I think. I slept for the drive back and did very little for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner was salmon and goats cheese rolls, cream of spinach and roasted scallop soup, open ravioli with shellfish and monkfish, lobster, and a baked alaska. It was my first time trying lobster, which I think is quite nice but, to be honest, I think I prefer crab and salmon.
It was quite funny at dinner, Karen said she wanted nothing for dessert so our two waiters (we have the same two every night) brought her out a plate with the word nothing written, very nicely actually, in chocolate. It was good timing as Karen had had a rather bad day. Karen and Gary were going to go on a cave tour but there was a stuff up and they got put on the wrong bus. Instead they took a tour to some high class resort area... In German. It made the rest of us laugh for pretty much the whole day. What I think made it worse was that there were great shops there with all these sales, but none of them were open in the entire time they were there, it was pretty much a ghost town.
The excursions office though handled it quite badly. They weren't going to give them a refund for it. However, she ran into the ship inspector who asked her how her day was going and hence got the full story. As a result, a bottle of Moet and an apology were waiting in the room after dinner! So we had some champagne and played some cards. Even managed to get one of the butlers to play the piano, he was very good. Gary had requested him to learn piano man the other night when they discovered he could play, so he had managed to learn a little bit of it for him for tonight. There was another group also there which included a young child. Alicia was obviously tired but refused to go to bed before the kid. Unfortunately for her that kid had crazy amounts of energy! Ended up staying up til about 3am!