Málaga was a blast! Mi amigas and I left early on Saturday morning for Málaga, which is a two hour bus ride from Sevilla. As soon as we arrived, we made a detour to a nearby mall before heading to our hostel. Most of us had never stayed in a hostel before, so we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. I had found the hostel and made the reservations, so I was particularly hoping that the group was satisfied with my choice. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised. It was friendly, centrally-located, clean, and very very very cheap.
We first decided to head out to the largest attraction in Málaga – Museo de Pablo Picasso. Picasso was born in Málaga, and this museum was established here after his death. The museum was beautifully curated and I am glad to have visited it. After the Picasso museum, we decided to walk towards the beach. We ended up at a ferris wheel overlooking the water. After three circles on the ferris wheel, we made a pitstop at a grocery store for some snacks before heading to the beach for the rest of the afternoon. On the beach, we watched the sunset and sat on the rocks. It was beautiful!
After the sun went down, it got very cold very quickly so we hightailed it back to the hostel to regroup before dinner. At the hostel, we met one of our dorm mates, a girl from South Korea. She joined us for dinner at a tapas restaurant where I had jamón y potatoes with a spicy sauce. There are a lot of things here that are “spicy”…..but none of them are really spicy at all. I’m pretty convinced that the sauce on those potatoes was the spiciest sauce in all of Spain. And even then, it would be considered a “sissy sauce” by Oklahoma standards.
The next morning we got up and went to find a “big breakfast.” In Spain, “breakfast” is usually just a piece of bread or a piece of fruit. This is hardly a meal, in my opinion. We were thrilled when we found BrunchIt, a restaurant with real breakfast (or brunch, rather). I had a piece of toast with ham, sun-dried tomatoes, and rocket. Now THAT’S a real breakfast!!
With full tummies, we headed to CAC Málaga, a small contemporary art museum. It was very interesting and unique. Everyone in our group really enjoyed it and, best of all, entry was free! From there, we went to the Alcazaba, the most well-preserved palatial fortification in Spain. It was fun to explore and had some great views. We also visited Gibralfaro, which is basically a GIANT hill with the Castle of Gibralfaro at the very top. After thirty minutes of straight uphill climbing, we finally made it to the top. The incline was horrendous, but the view from the top was worth it.
After the ~views from the top~ we had dinner at El Pimpi, a popular restaurant in Málaga. I had fried Rosada Fish. It was yummy and very fresh. We topped off our time in Málaga with some gelato before getting back on the bus.
Overall, another great weekend is in the books! I am so thankful for all the weekend excursions and adventures afforded to me by this semester in Sevilla.