So this post is quite a bit late. I have found myself very recently with work for university, changing/sorting out my French placement (another story and blog post in itself which I will get around to eventually) and fitting in a social life in between all that.
Three weeks ago, I went to Málaga for a day and a half to spend time with my aunt who had been holidaying close to Málaga for four days. We had discussed it before, while I was still in the UK, but I had completely forgotten until the weekend before when she messaged me about it. I got straight onto the Renfe and ALSA websites to find a way to get there. Turns out that travelling by both train and bus here is super expensive, unlike the UK. Amazingly, though, I managed to find the BEST deal ever on a return bus ticket. ALSA had an offer on for the end of the summer, and if you travelled at certain times of the day you could travel super cheaply. In the end, my return journey cost me little over 10€!
Fast forward to Saturday morning – I woke up at 05:00 after only a few hours sleep (we hosted a party at our flat the night before, student living yo) and showered, dressed, etc. I hailed a taxi to get to the bus station and, having printed my tickets, went straight to my bus. I was a little freaked out that I was going to get on the wrong bus but it was the right one. Huzzah!
I slept for almost the entire journey because I was so tired. In total, the journey there was about four hours long because we stopped off several times in other towns on the way. When I arrived it was super hot and sunny, though not as hot as Seville because Málaga is on the coast. I met my aunt and we walked to our hotel to drop off our bags.
I changed my clothes and shoes when we got there, no way could I do a whole day in closed shoes and a top with sleeves! I also made sure to pick up my camera. Then we went off to explore the city!
Trust us, the first place we came to was the main shopping street in the middle of the city centre, but not wanting to shop until later on, we headed on in search of somewhere to have a drink. We ended up stopping outside what I think was the cathedral, and sat down to a tinto de verano for me and a zumo de naranja and a cafe con leche for her.
After our drinks, we went for a walk through the backstreets of Málaga around the city centre, and eventually we were too hungry to go on and stopped for tapas for lunch. Now, because it was lunchtime we decided tapas weren’t suitable, so we shared a salad, an empanada and some patatas bravas, all of which were super tasty! One thing that I have noticed about dining outside in Spain is that people stand in the street and play a song and then come and ask you for money. I find it quite rude, especially when we are eating. Also because they expect us to give them money when we were quite happy without music. Despite this, we had a lovely lunch, and even took a selfie to commemorate!
After lunch, we did some more exploring and happened upon an old Roman theatre, which was pretty cool! It was really beautiful to see. There were also some cute kitties wandering around so I snapped a couple of photos:
After the Roman theatre, we went to the Picasso Birthplace Museum. Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga in a house on a square in the city centre. We went to a small exhibition which held one of Picasso’s early works and the work of an artist inspired by Picasso (whose name I don’t currently remember). After the exhibition, we went into the house part of the museum, which held works by Picasso’s father, historical objects and things from Picasso’s childhood and life. Afterwards, we headed across the square to another small exhibition, showing lots of Picasso’s minotaur drawings. I really liked the style of the drawings, though they were a little strange subject-wise.
After the museum, we walked leisurely back to our hotel where we rested for a little bit and changed our clothes. We decided that we would go shopping in the evening before dinner, so we went back to the main street and did our shopping! I bought a lovely cardigan/light jacket from Bershka and the softest lounge top EVER from Zara. Aunty Kath bought a present for my cousin and also got herself from lovely clothes from Zara. She was very tempted by the shoes!
Earlier in the day we made a reservation at a vegetarian restaurant that my aunt wanted to try, so after shopping we found somewhere to have a drink. I had a yummy, but very sweet, cocktail and my aunt had a glass of wine.
The restaurant we went to was interesting. We ordered a salad to start and because we weren’t really sure which one would be best, we ordered the house salad…which turned out to be an awful idea. It was covered in a really weird sauce which was kind-of-sweet, kind-of-not, and it tasted awful. I ate bits from around it, like the ‘clean’ leaves and the tofu and cheese, but I couldn’t it at all, and my aunt agreed! When the waiter came back he told us it had honey in it. No wonder I didn’t like it!
My main course was a pasta dish which was very tasty, and very cheesy! I liked it a lot, though I couldn’t eat much as I was quite full. My aunt was a little disappointed with her main, some sort of avocado dish.
In all, the meal wasn’t the best meal ever, a bit of a shame as we were quite looking forward to it.
Afterwards, we took photos with the famous Picasso statue as the restaurant we went to was on the same square as the Picasso museum. We then took another wander down the main shopping street, back to our hotel.
The next morning, my aunt left very early and left me in the hotel to leave when I wanted. Check-out was at 12:00 so I stayed until literally the last minute and then headed out into Málaga to kill some time until my bus back to Seville at 15:15. It was a VERY hot day and I tried as much as I could to stay in the shade. I was hoping to wander round some shops near the bus station, as I had seen a shopping centre on my way in on the bus, but when I got there and saw that all the shops were closed I remembered that it was Sunday and nowhere opens on a Sunday! In the end, I spent my last hour reading while waiting at the bus station.
I also spent the entire bus journey back reading my book (A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin, for those of you wondering), however I was pleasantly surprised when the bus arrived back in Seville 1h30 earlier than I thought it would! It turns out that the bus back was direct, meaning we cut out all the small towns in between Málaga and Seville, saving us loads of time! This gave me time for a lovely walk back to the Metro station along the river.
I had a really lovely time seeing my aunt in Málaga. One of the nicest things about it was having a familiar face to spend time with for a little while! This makes me even more excited for the coming week: this evening my sister is arriving in Seville to spend a week with me! Never thought I would be excited about spending an entire week with my sister, but I really am! We gon’ pardaaay.
Apologies that this post is very late, but I’m sure you’re used to everything happening a couple of weeks later on this blog!
Until next time!