Getting a Leg Up in Málaga*

Spain - Malaga 004Located in the heart of the city, our rental apartment was within easy walking distance to the historic district, food shopping, restaurants, and anything we could have wanted. The only downside was the Internet was not working at all. I checked the cables, turned it off and on again, doing everything I have learned to do with my connection box in Budapest, but nothing worked. We called the manager who sent her husband over within a half hour. Somehow he magically made it connect, but the service was slow, painfully slow.

This we suffered with because we learned hours before leaving home, our home exchange in Estepona does not have any Internet connection. They explained that this is their vacation home, so did not find it necessary. How does anyone live without Internet these days especially without a phone in the apartment? At least with Internet, Skype calls are possible. With Semana Santa (Holy Week) around the corner, the tourism office had limited hours. It Internet was a lifeline.

From the apartment, I loved the view down the street from the narrow balcony that can only accommodate one person at a time. Directly across the street, the view was not luxurious, but had great character. It added a special spice to the neighborhood.

Our first day in Málaga, walking around the city, we were a bit horrified at one of the Spain - Malaga 006child mannequins in store windows. Never would these be allowed in the US as they are here.

As we strolled around the historic area, the ubiquitous statue-like street performers appear as common as pigeons. This one was quite spectacular in that he was able to keep his leg elevated for quite a lengthy period of time. Keeping one knee bent as he does Spain - Malaga 012must take tremendous stamina. These days, I can barely lift a leg to put pants on. Never in my life could I have kept a leg in the air like this guy.

Today was for exploring the Alcazaba de Málaga, a Moslem (sic) built fortress from the 11th century. Using the contours of the hill on which it rests, the fortress was Spain - Malaga 011built into it. Due to the Azcazaba’s material being limestone, it required rebuilding many times throughout its existence.

Spain - Malaga 019Sections of the structure include the Fortifications at the Entrance, The First Walled Precinct, the Upper Walled Precinct, and the palace itself resides within the latter. The palace has three consecutive courtyards, the Patio de los Surtidores, the Torre de la Armadura Mudéjar and finally the Torre deSpain - Malaga 017 Maldonado. On the hill above sits the Castillo de Gibralfaro; the two structures are not connected. To reach the Castillo requires a major hike uphill or a bus ride. This is a tomorrow Spain - Malaga 040adventure.

*This post is back dated due to poor or non-existing Internet connections.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.