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Costa del Sol

I went travelling from 18 Nov – 18 Dec. I’m now blogging about some of the places I went to… posts are not written in chronological order.

Wading in the Mediterranean and sipping coffee on the beach with others from our tour group at Costa del Sol, life felt full and wonderful again.

Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona

I went travelling from 18 Nov – 18 Dec. I’m now blogging about some of the places I went to… posts are not written in chronological order.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking for this post. I went to this market with my family a few days ago, where we savoured everything around us with much delight. Loved the bustling atmosphere, vibrant colours, unfamiliar foods and – well, to put it bluntly, stopping myself from performing the unbecoming act of drooling.

Also, I tried my first pomegranate here! It was marvellous because it didn’t really taste like what I had always thought it would (mushy and sour… who knows where I got this idea from). The gently crunchy texture and mild sweetness of it was very refreshing in the morning.

And this was my breakfast – baby squid with crunchy vegetables artfully arranged :-) Very delicious; it tasted of Spring (nevermind that it’s Winter) – fresh, nicely flavoured and cooked to perfection. I finished it off with a cafe cortado, which became my staple in Spain – a shot of espresso with a dash of milk.

El Quim de la Boqueria – Mercat de la Boqueria, Pdas. 584-585-606 y 607 – Phone: +34 93 301 98 10

Already, I miss Spanish hot chocolate

I wasn’t going to do the hot chocolate & churros thing, because it seemed so… well, Spanish and touristy or something silly like that. I really regret that I only ordered this once throughout my entire trip in Spain!! If you go to Spain, don’t be silly like me. Please.

Sit inside a warm cafe, take off your gloves, close your eyes and just melt into this.

I’ll talk about the sangria later (amongst other things).

In London now… froze my neck off on the ol’ double-decker bus today. On the up side, I got to meet a host of great people and visit the acclaimed (for good reason) V & A Museum. Met up with Nish today, hooray! Dinner tonight was at an Italian trattoria with very good food and wonderful waiters. Met some of Nish’s friends and they made it too easy to laugh and have a good night!

Also, now that I have done my laundry at a laundrette here, bought biscuits at a little supermarket, given someone directions to a nearby place and squished with everyone in the subway multiple times, I can’t say I feel too much like a tourist, considering I’ve just been here for 1.5 days.

Hola…

Today, I stood in Mediterranean waters in Costa del Sol, sat on the beach with new acquaintances and my brother, walked through the endlessly beautiful Alhambra, smiled back at Spanish boys and sipped espresso in Mijas with a cool girl from Los Angeles. You know, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Food. You get a mix of heaven and hell when you are on tour. My favourites so far are Spanish olives, squid in ink, fresh melon… Oh and needless to say, I ADORE the tapas. Fabulous!!!

Ok, I’m terrrible at typing on this borrowed itouch thing… So I’ll end here for now. Hasta luego!