I have a 28-year-old second-cousin-once-removed named Robin who has been spending the year studying and working on the Spanish island of Ibiza. We had only met once before about seven years ago at the wedding of another second-cousin-once-removed. At that same time, I also met her mother, Lauren, as well as her two sisters. Until then, we didn’t even know of each others’ existence. Lauren is in Spain to visit Robin and they flew to Málaga just to get together with us.
I met them Monday at their hotel, Hotel AC Málaga Palacio, and we spent the day seeing some historic sites and enjoying each other’s company (well, at least I enjoyed theirs; I hope they enjoyed mine).
San Geraldo had Spanish class, so Lauren and Robin came home with me in the evening and the four of us went to dinner. The day started with a trip to the 15th-floor rooftop of their hotel for amazing views of the city. (Click here for our first visit to Málaga in 2011 including views from our balcony at the same hotel.)
(Click any image for an even better view.)
|THE CATHEDRAL, KNOWN AS “LA MANQUITA” (ONE-ARMED LADY),
DUE TO THE NEVER-COMPLETED SECOND TOWER, FOREGROUND.
A CRUISE SHIP SETTING OFF FOR OTHER MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATIONS.
|WHERE WE WOULD END UP LATER IN THE DAY. (ON FOOT!)
THE ALCAZABA HALF-WAY UP THE HILL; THE CASTILLO AT TOP.
|THE BISHOPS PALACE, STILL ADORNED WITH SEMANA SANTA BUNTING.|
Still to come this week:
— A visit to Málaga’s Alcazaba (11th-century palatial fortification) and Castillo de Gibralfaro (10th-century castle).
— Views of our current weather (San Geraldo’s been complaining again).
Right smack dab in the middle of town…