La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

We here in the south are finally feeling the effects of the deadly storm called Gloria that has devastated much of eastern Spain along the Mediterranean Sea. The storm headed off to the north but we’re being hit by the tail edge. So far, here in Fuengirola, we’ve had heavy rain and strong winds, but no serious damage. In Málaga this morning, there was a huge hailstorm that blanketed the city and made it look like a winter wonderland, except for the terrible flooding and mud. Many locals have said they’ve never seen anything like it.

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AQUÍ EN EL sur, finalmente sentimos los efectos de la tormenta mortal llamada Gloria que ha devastado gran parte del este de España a lo largo del mar Mediterráneo. La tormenta se dirigió hacia el norte, pero estamos siendo golpeados por el borde de la cola. Hasta ahora, aquí en Fuengirola, ha estado mucho lluvioso y ventoso pero sin daños graves. En Málaga esta mañana, hubo una gran tormenta de granizo que cubrió la ciudad y la hizo parecer una maravilla invernal, a excepción de las terribles inundaciones y lodo. Muchos lugareños han dicho que nunca han visto algo así.

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Gloria en español…

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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..

35 thoughts on “G-L-O-R-I-A”

    1. David:
      REALLY stormed last night. Thunder that shook the building and rattled the doors. Lightning. The cats still beg to be let out on the terrace. They beg to be let back in about 3 seconds later… at a different door!

  1. holy hailstorm, batman! that looks terrible! I second where the cats are; they look cozy and happy.

    1. anne marie:
      I’ve never seen hail like that. Would have enjoyed seeing it in person… momentarily.

    1. Debra:
      I don’t know how he doesn’t get burned. He actually sticks his nose between the verticals.

  2. WOW! What a view you have! Is that a balcony and you have “glass curtains” that you can move to open position or close? Pretty convenient. The view of the water looks like you have taken a white felt marker or some other “pen” and emphasized the waves coming into shore!

    I am really loving your photos! So much color you have in Spain! I need to get back there. I had visited Barcelona, Pamplona and Bilboa in 2001 right as the Euro came in but your photos are very inspirational, Mitchell. Thank you.

    Mary in Oregon

    1. maryinoregon:
      We still haven’t gotten up north. Have wanted to visit Bilbao since I first learned about it in 6th grade. Every year, I say, maybe we’ll get up to Barcelona THIS year! No retouching in those photos. Reality is stunning (sometimes in a beautiful way). Later in the day, the white caps were even more extreme.

    2. maryinoregon:
      I forgot to answer your question about the glass curtain. Yes. we installed it a few years ago and it completely transformed the terrace and apartment. The apartment is small, 3 bedrooms & 2 baths in 1,000 sq. ft., but it’s on the corner and the terrace wraps the entire front and side — 330 sq ft of terrace, which we had completely wrapped in glass.

  3. I’m not quite sure what exactly a glass curtain is, but it must be exhilarating to watch a storm through it! Dudo looks like he’s in jail. I’ve driven in flood waters like that. Well, I was a passenger and Balder Half was driving. Over thirty years ago in Tijuana. We got caught in a rainstorm and the “oh shit” handle got a major workout from me as my station wagon turned into a boat! Good times 🙂 I think I may have been pronouncing Malaga wrong, according to the accent thingy. Stay safe and warm, Scoot. You too, SG.

    1. Deedles:
      A glass curtain is a wall of windows that all slide to the ends of the terrace so it can be completely open or completely closed. Yep, Málaga — accent on the first A. But don’t worry; there are expats living here for 30 years who still say MaLAHga. No excuse for them. Weather got really, really rough last night. Couldn’t believe it. I might try and go for a walk in a bit to see how the beachfront survived. Some stretches of beach here are much shorter than ours (distance from pavement to surf) and the water can easily come up over the road.

  4. Wow, I hadn’t heard about Gloria as Canada is rife with its own weather issues. So much hail! Buddy is a warmth seeker too. His favorite spots are atop the electric blanket and beside the fireplace

    1. Cheapchick:
      Moose tends to be fine, but even he has been spending most of his days in SG’s constantly heated office. Dudo is only in here with me when I turn that radiator on. Gloria has been really awful for the coastline. We’ve got weather warnings until Saturday. But right now there’s a bit of sunshine.

  5. Well just now I was reading that we are 100 seconds from Midnight on the Atomic Clock, midnight being the end of the world. The scientists no longer measure in minutes because we are too close to total catastrophy. The resaons, Climate change, Nuclear proliferation, failure to act by world leaders and extremist policies.

  6. I like watching storms from the comfort of indoors.

    Sidenote: Carlos’ aunt is named Gloria, and like a storm, we call her … lovingly … La Bruja,

    1. Bob:
      I love watching storms. SG does not. Dudo and Moose do, too, as long as they can stay warm. Summer storms are great; winter storms, not so much. Does Tia Gloria KNOW you call her La Bruja?

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      And they both stayed at the Y-M-C-A on S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y (think Bay City Rollers)… And I ain’t no Hollaback Girl (B-A-N-A-N-A-S)… I could go on. You’re an inspiration.

      1. As we get older…there are so many ear worms that can take over. At least for me!

        Mary in Oregon

      2. Maryinoregon,
        My entire life has been an ear worm. And it DOES get worse!

  7. I didn’t know hail could get that thick. Maybe it’s because I live in Cleveland, where hail just can’t compete with the snow.

    1. Kirk:
      I didn’t know that either. I’ve seen hail that settled on the ground and looked at first glance like snow. But THAT was deep!

  8. Two days later, I am still rocking out to GLORIA. It’s not so bad when I sing it in my mind, but I’m working at my desk suddenly screaming G-L-O-R-I-A. Scared the hell out of a few people. Just sayin’

    1. You go girl! Just to get this one out of my head, I started singing (also at the top of my lungs) Laura Branigan’s Gloria. I like it better. I was singing it alone, though. The other drivers did look at me kind of funny. Tough toenails 🙂

      1. Deedles:
        And Laura Branigan was yesterday’s ear worm here. More Gloria to come I think.

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