Day 313 – 12.05.2012 – Andalusia Round 2 – Awesome Andalusian Adventure

This all happened so last minute, by last minute I mean I got told on Wednesday, on Thursday it was potentially happeneing and on Friday adternoon tickets and hostels were booked to leave Friday evening. Apparently it’s the Andulusian way to take it easy and take it as it comes.

Day 1 Sevilla

Took the bus and reached Sevilla for Fajr, standardly praying at the bus station. We waited for AP because she got the bus after us, and then headed to the hostel, causually stopping to take photographs.


Watching the Sunrise over Las Setas


You know…Just watching the Sunrise, and the colours change in Sevilla…

Checked into the hostel, and yes we are a variety of nationalities.

Headed towards a cathedral, Mass once again.

Big up to JP Dos

The next major thing to see was the Alcazar, which was in my opinon a fake Alhambra, similar design and everything but still very cool. It’s the Alhambra on a much smaller scale. Casually napped in the gardens, because of lack of sleep.


The Alcazar


Appreciating Nature and Whatnot in the Gardens.

There were loads of tourist groups going round, and many Germans, anyway some were drinking slushies, and it looked Gooood, especially since it was so hot. So slushies we bought.

There was some sort of famous hospital thingy, but it was basically an Art-y thingy that we had to pay for…so we said…no


Some Street

Went towards the university which was an Old Tabacco factory, and had another nap sitting up on a chair (I was so tired, we hadn’t slept properly), I was really fresh after that, the nap did me good.


That is the courtyard of the University, Aston has Nowt


Yes its hot.

We went to meet KJ (who is a friend from university, she is studying in Seville Uni), went to grab lunch, at some awesome Tapas bar, which had loads of Veg options. We got a big plate of Patatas con Ali-oli for 11 euros which was an absolute bargain.

We walked to Plaza de Espana (which was where some scenes of The Dictator was filmed), around the sides, it had all the signs of all the cities in Spain. Standardly took a picture next to Madrid. We went to the Park which was adjacent to Plaza E to just chill because it was ridicusly hot.


Just getting Hotter.

We headed towards the river, but we were getting tired so headed home to freshen up and have dinner. Tapas was outside near ‘Las Setas.’


Path next to the river

Andulusians are known to be very laid back, easy going people. Its no wonder they are, its so hot here, its impossible to physically do anything productive in the summer. It was 40 degrees when we there and it was just plain hot.

Everyone is out during the evenings, not just old people but families and kids, because it’s the only time its actually cool (but its still very hot).

Day 2 Sevilla/Cadiz

We got up at 9 had breakfast at the hostel then headed off to Las Setas to go on the Mirador. In every city there is a Mirador (Viewpoint) where you can see the city. It was only 1.30 which is a bargain, I have paid much more to see much less.

Then we went to Heculus, checked out the statues,

then went back on ourselves to go to the Southern part of Sevilla which was more traditional and less touristic. We went via the Ceramic factory and Monestary.


Pretty-ness…do you like the bin :p


We are so small

Had a general stroll (because that’s what we do) and grabbed some food at a tapas place. We had to get the taxi back to the hostel, because we needed to catch out bus to Cadiz. The taxi was surprisingly cheap it only cost 7 euros when in Madrid it would cost us much much more. We grabbed out stuff from the hostel and walked unusually fast in the heat to make the bus. We made it with 5 minutes to spare. That’s Big considering I didn’t think we weren’t going to make it.

In Sevilla there are loads of ‘gulleys (alleyways)’ and its very cool in them, so we would try and walk through the small small streets to stay cool.
Guess what…I’m going to Cadiz….!!!!

Cadiz

On Cadiz bus I slept, and it was only 90 minutes to get there. The hostel was ridiculously near (thanks to the red line we didn’t get lost), saw the Beach, it was so nice. Fresh air just seeing the sea like that, was just too good.

There were many people on the Beach so we decided not to go and did some sightseeing, you know the casual Cathedral and Plaza and whatnot.

Cadiz is a very small city, and we realized we were going to fast through the city, and went even slower than slower. We went to the Tower and they had the 360 telescope that Da Vinci invented. She went through the history of Cadiz. Very interesting and Telescope was Too Cool.

Again food time…Standard Tapas, but it was good tapas, it was so cheap only 2.50 per tapas and I had an Aubergine type on and a normal veg one. So Goood. #HayAlgunasSinCarne?

We ‘set off’ towards the beach to see the sunset but it was cloudy so you coudnt see the sun go down, but it was still cool. You could see the city reflected into the water. Casually prayed Maghrib on Cadiz beach.

O Lord, on the Day of Judgement, the sand will testify that I prayed to you.

We went towards the lighthouse, but it was closed.

Went though Barra de la Vina (some part of the city), had frozen yogurt (which I had never had before, it was Goood), saw the navy ship from afar, then went home.

Day 3 Road Trip

We left Cadiz after 10 after picking up our rented car from the Train station, went through the new town in order to get onto the motorway.


Car.

We had a choice. We had to end in Malaga, but we could either go the mountainous route, or the beach route. The Beach route included Tenerife (the most southern point in Spain), head towards Gibraltar then towards Malaga. We decided the mountainous route, because lets be honest a beach is a beach.

We were heading towards Vejer de la Frontera, saw signs for a beach on the way (which was near Conil de la Frontera) , and took a little detour and checked out the beach. There was very few people (well it was Monday morning, its understandable), it was so cool, took many pictures (obviously).


See the Sea…


Playa de Conil

#JustChillingOnARandomBeach

Went towards Vejer de la Frontera, and its known for its ‘Pueblos Blancos (White Houses). It was proper on a mountain, and the logical thing to do is to climb it in 35 degrees. We had a general wonder, checked out the castle, got lost, got unlost, then headed to wards Arcos de La Frontera via Medina-Sidonia.


Vejer de la Frontera


Vejer de la Frontera – Pueblos Blancos

Casually prayed Zohr Roadside.

Patch of Grass where I prayed Zohr and Asr

Again, casually climbed the mountain in Arcos de la Frontera, grabbed some food, and did some general exploring and headed towards Ronda.

Arcos de la Frontera


Yes, heading towards the mountains

On the way to Ronda there are many small villages like El Bosquo. I think it was like Manzaneres el Real with the whole National Park thing, but I think it was quite far away and the signs weren’t really helping so we couldn’t really find it. We had a general stroll (do you see the pattern), and we had an Orange incident. Loads of Lemon Trees around.

#TooGood

On the way to Grazalema. Some sick Mirador. Words cannot describe how beautiful it looks. The camera really didn’t do it justice, it was just spectacular. Its Proper Nature.

#JustWorthIt

Grazalema is a city which is sort of built into the mountains, Standard Pueblos Blancos, but still very cool. We had a drive through tour (since we didn’t have time to get off and explore by foot). It very much reminded me of Lord of the Rings how the houses are built into the mountains like Rivendell.

In hindsight when putting the pictures up, it doesnt quite look like Rivendell…but the concept is still there (?)…

#OnlyCoolPeepsCanQuoteLoTR

All this time, we were literally driving through the mountains, the roads were really windy and just so cool. (don’t worry it was perfectly safe), the views were just spectacular.


Just a view

We got to Ronda parked the car and walked to the Old Town bit, where the main part was the Bridge. It was literally built in a valley and was the Height was Long.

Famous Ting


The Viewpoint (Mirador)

Food Time. Dinner was prawns with chips and salad. Delumpsious. Then had a casual postre (desert). I was really cheap only 10 euros for the whole thing, so cheap compared to Malaga.

Casually prayed in a Car Park.

This Turbah has travelled Spain

Off to Malaga via San Pedro, we didn’t realize how long it would take. But we got there eventually. The room in the hostel was a Huge room. It was wasted on 2 single beds. Not that I am complaining, a solid sleep session.

Day 4 – Malaga

Woke up at 745 to leave for 830 to return the car. A solid breakfast which was Veg omelete, it was abit of an overdose of veg in proportion to egg, but it filled me up hard core.

Had a general stoll round the old city, and climbed up the Castille (Castle). A solid view, we could see all the cruise ships and the beaches. It was only 60 cents to go into the castle (taking advantage of being students), honestly it was pretty similar to all other castles I have been to the mirador, the city, the moutains, the sea. I guess the novelty sort of wears of but nevertheless it is very cool. And I am very grateful.


Me thinking I’m being all artistic and all.


Tree, Malaga, Castille

We went down the other way round, which wasn’t an inclined plane at all, and so it took twice as long, but we had time.

Picasso lived in Malaga for abit, so we went to visit his house and the museum…

#CasuallyWalkingInPicassosSteps

Went to a Kebab place to grab some food. I got told that there are loads of Moroccons in Andulusia (logically cuz Morocco is just there). There was a mosque nearby (apparently), but we didn’t have time to go because we had to catch our train to get back home.

Adding to the list of places prayed: Outside a McDonalds in Malaga train station.

Waiting for the train we were gearing up for the 7 hour journey back to Madrid. To be honest it was quite a luxury, it was a train, so no buses, and 7 hours is perfectly acceptable on train since I have done worse on a bus. At least this way you can stand up have a stroll etc…Also I got to pray on a train, but the cool thing was I was standing up, actually facing qibla as opposed to sitting and doing so. That was certainly an experience…the art of balancing while praying. Now that is something.


You know…a Sunset…

Been an Epic 4 days, it feels like we were out there for much longer. Bare got a tan…the standard gloves. I have prayed at places I would never have dreamed of. Thank you God.

AP, AC, KM, you were awesome company, thanks for being so considerate and just generally being Awesome. They were such good company, at times, yes there was no conversation going, but I would think that we were just content in each others company.

Thank you Lord. I guess its just about being patient, I mean after 11 long months I got the trip of a life time. Thank you.

Quotes of the trip: ‘I could eat’… ‘set off’

In general, I would like to think there were less people on Monday and Tuesday, just on the streets and on the roads. This is mainly because it was bank holiday for just Comunidad de Madrid on Tuesday (I took Monday off).

People in Andulusia, have a certain accent when speaking Spanish, so they don’t pronounce all of the letters. I understand some Spanish, but their accent, man its difficult, you have to figure out what letters they missed, translate the word into English, then attempt to reply in my broken Spanish.

For 4 days I didnt check emails, twitter, fb, nothing. It was utter awesomeness. Just allowing the world, and just appreciating nature and the amaizing views I was seeing

#CuzThisIsHowIRoll

FYI: Unemployement 50 percent for youth in Andulusia!!! 50 percent, that means every other graduate is unemployed!!!

#GoodThingsComeToThoseWhoWait

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