Easter Island African Elephants / Isla de Pascua Elefantes Africanos

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I’VE LATELY BEEN stewing about the fact that when we planned our move to Spain back in 2010, we talked about all the European travel we could easily do. It’s been nearly eight years and we’ve done very little. Two trips to the United States every year for the first six years, and now one a year to visit The Kid Brother, use up the travel budget very quickly. We used to complain about having to stay with the Dowager Duchess instead of being able to stay in the heart of the city. Now that the Dowager Duchess is gone and we do get to stay in the heart of the city, we have to pay New York City prices for a hotel. Even a crummy hotel in the Dowager Duchess’s old neighborhood costs a small fortune.

We have, however, not only been to New York but to other parts of the United States; we’ve been to London for a fun and frigid few days; to northern and southern Norway; and to many cities and white villages in Spain. I also realized that we could do a day trip every day of the year and still not experience all the wonder that’s right here. So, never mind. Today, I went for an 8-km (5-mile) walk along the coast. What I saw satisfied my wanderlust — for another day.


ÚLTIMAMENTE, HE ESTADO pensando en el hecho de que cuando planeamos nuestro traslado a España en 2010, hablamos de todos los viajes europeos que podríamos hacer fácilmente. Han pasado casi ocho años y hemos hecho muy poco. Dos viajes a los Estados Unidos cada año durante los primeros seis años, y ahora uno por año para visitar El Hermanito, agotan el presupuesto de viaje muy rápidamente. Solíamos quejarnos de tener que quedarnos con La Duquesa Viuda en lugar de poder quedarnos en el corazón de la ciudad. Ahora que La Duquesa Viuda ya no está y podemos quedarnos en el corazón de la ciudad, tenemos que pagar los precios de la ciudad de Nueva York por un hotel. Incluso un hotel desagradable en el antiguo barrio de la duquesa viuda cuesta una pequeña fortuna.

Sin embargo, no solo hemos estado en Nueva York sino en otras partes de los Estados Unidos; hemos estado en Londres por unos días divertidos y fríos; al norte y sur de Noruega; y a muchas ciudades y pueblos blancos de España. También me di cuenta de que podíamos hacer un viaje de un día todos los días del año y aún no experimentar todas las maravillas que hay aquí. Así que no importa. Hoy, fui a dar un paseo de 8 km (5 millas) a lo largo de la costa. Lo que vi satisfizo mi pasión por los viajes — para otro día.

I don’t really know where this guy is from. He doesn’t look like anyone from Easter Island. But he greeted me halfway up the hill.
Realmente no sé de dónde es este hombre. No se parece a nadie de la Isla de Pascua. Pero me saludó a mitad de la colina
The African elephants are outside Holiday World Resort in Benalmádena.
Los elefantes africanos están fuera de Holiday World Resort en Benalmádena.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

20 thoughts on “Easter Island African Elephants / Isla de Pascua Elefantes Africanos”

    1. Anne Marie,
      I sometimes forget. Roman ruins around the corner. A 10th century castle. White villages all around us. Not bad at all.

  1. I figure one can discover little gems not that far from home no matter where you live. Today we decided to go inland in our province and found places we hadn’t heard of before.
    Those countries around you, Mitch, are not going anywhere. When you are ready…. away you go.

  2. Beautiful pictures Mitchell. I practically loved the elephants as they are one of my favorite animals. Then and giraffes are why MM#1 Fan and I are planning a trip to Nairobi one year.

    1. Mistress Maddie,
      Giraffes were always my favorite. At first they were forced on me because I was told I looked like one when I was young… all legs and neck! Oh a safari would be incredible.

    1. Sorry to say it DOES look like you’re going to be hit with heat in Sitges. Here should be at least 5 degrees cooler. But Sitges will be a lot more fun.

    1. Parsnip,
      So true. And that’s been the case for most of the places we’ve lived.

  3. I had those same travel fantasies when we were planning our move. Same result. With pets and gardens and home improvements, there’s just not enough time, not to mention resources, to bounce around Europe. It’s a good thing we love the house and our region, and enjoy being homebodies!

  4. The wonders outside your windows are a great start, but also, get out and go and see, and enjoy.

  5. As Dorothy Gale said, and I’ll paraphrase, “Sometimes you don’t have to go any further than your own backyard.”
    And you’ve got some sights to see right there!

  6. After being away for several days, it’s fun to catch up on your blog posts. That’s crazy madness, the loud, overblown June 21st celebrations! I think it’s much more reasonable in France– music, yes, but not like that.

    1. Judy:
      The volume really is absurd. I wish someone could explain to me why it’s necessary. But, none of that for a while!

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