03.26.2010 - 03.30.2010
Mar. 26th - As promised today was the day to ride horses. We headed out after breakfast in a taxicab high in the hills above Marbella to a small Andalusian town called Monda. As typical for the region, the buildings are all whitewashed with tile roofs, cobblestoned streets, fountains in the plazas and olive trees growing on the hillsides. We were greeted by the very friendly owners (Brits who have lived here for 20+years) and staff of Andalsian Horse Adventures and the girls were thrilled. There were two dogs, a cat and lots of horses to pet and visit with.
The setting was beautiful and we were all excited to get on our horses and head out for our guided ride. We rode high on the hills overlooking Monda and the weather and vistas were beautiful. My horse was named Muneca, Gracie's was Trillo and Lucy's was Jaime. It was such an enjoyable way to spend the day that none of us were ready to leave when our taxi came to pick us up.
After we returned of course it was straight into the swimming pools and we met some new friends from Ireland, Lucy and Charlotte. For dinner we walked to a fondue restaurant and all REALLY enjoyed the cholocate fondue (we even have stains on our clothes to remind us of the wonderful event).
Mar. 27th - Happy Birthday Uncle Brad! Today was the day we took a tour of Gibraltar. Since I still do not have my drivers license we are having to take tour buses and taxis everywhere. We hopped on the bus at 10am and arrived at the border between Spain and Gibraltar about 1 hour later. Gibraltar is a city of 30,000 people and is a part of the UK and it was an odd mix of British and Spanish cultures. The highlights of our time there were: eating fish in chips in a square as a group of British soldiers paraded by playing instruments; we saw Africa for the first time; visited the Saint Michaels Cave and played with the Barbary Apes. The rock is quite tall and was considered one of the two pillars of Hercules and in ancient times it, and a mountain over in Morocco, were thought to be the western end of the world.
There was nice shopping in Gibraltar and I bought a new pair of sunglasses. Neither kid likes them and Lucy even informed me that I am not allowed to wear them to her birthday party I personally think they are quite stylish! As we left Gibraltar and re-entered Spain we were a little bummed that we didn't get our passports stamped. Oh well.
Mar. 28th and 29th - more kids club, relaxing, playing on the beach and swimming.
Mar. 30th - We walked to the post office and mailed all of the items we acquired in Spain home, including the guidebooks. It's hard to believe that our time here is drawing to a close but we are all quite excited about Morocco. Grandma arrives this evening and we have some chilled wine, manchego cheese, tortilla, pan y tomate ready for her arrival. It will be really nice to have another person in our party. I'll even get her to write some on the blog, it'll be her homework.
We head to Tangiers via ferry on Thursday and I'm not sure what type of wifi access we will have so this may be the last blog entry for a while. Our tour with Adventure Company UK starts on the 3rd and lasts two weeks. We will be heading over to Club Med in Agadir on the 17th.