Climbing the hill / Subiendo la colina

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

I had another great walk yesterday under vivid blue, cloudless skies. I walked from our place in the opposite direction from the castle (so north and east, as the coast varies). I went as far as the top of a long, steep flight of stairs and then turned back.

I got a lot accomplished at home. Had lunch with San Geraldo, hung laundry, and then finally read the news. That sent me to bed for two hours. San Geraldo made spinach with garbanzos for dinner, and that perked us both right up. This was a very common dish in Sevilla. NOTE: Oops! Turns out this wasnt actually the Sevillano dish; this was spinach and garbanzo stew. My apologies. It could be found at just about any restaurant. Here in Málaga, it’s almost impossible to find. San Geraldo makes it perfectly. It must be his Spanish blood (from 22 generations ago). Grandpa Ferdinand III could really cook.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Once a day.
Walking: 8+ km / 5+ miles Tuesday.
Gym: On my way for arms and shoulders day, and some legs.


Ayer tuve otro gran paseo bajo un cielo azul intenso y sin nubes. Caminé desde nuestro lugar en la dirección opuesta al castillo (al norte y al este, ya que la costa varía). Llegué hasta la parte superior de un largo y empinado tramo de escaleras y luego me di la vuelta.

Logré mucho en casa. Almorcé con San Geraldo, colgué la ropa y finalmente leí las noticias. Eso me mandó a la cama por dos horas. San Geraldo hizo espinacas con garbanzos para la cena, y eso nos animó a los dos. Este era un plato muy común en Sevilla. NOTA: ¡Ups! Resultó que este no era en realidad el plato sevillano; esto era estofado de espinacas y garbanzos. Mis disculpas. Se puede encontrar en casi cualquier restaurante. Aquí en Málaga, es casi imposible de encontrar. San Geraldo lo hace perfectamente. Debe ser su sangre española (de hace 22 generaciones). Abuelo Fernando III realmente sabía cocinar.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Una vez al día.
Caminando: 8+ km / 5+ miles el martes.
Gimnasio: En camino para brazos y hombros, y algo de piernas.

• Back at the bottom of the stairs and ready for the long walk home.
• De regreso al pie de las escaleras y listo para el largo camino a casa.
• Chiringuito La Cubana on the beach in Benalmádena. With new umbrellas and fresh paint.
• Chiringuito La Cubana en la playa en Benalmádena. Con nuevas sombrillas y pintura fresca.
• A house on the beach just before La Cubana.
• Una casa en la playa just antes de La Cubana.
• Spinach with garbanzos.
• Espinaca con garbanzos.
• For dessert, chocolate-chip banana bread with Mandarin oranges. A perfect combination.
• De postre, pan de plátano con chispas de chocolate y mandarinas. Una combinación perfecta.

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Subiendo, subiendo, subiendo la colina.

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..

28 thoughts on “Climbing the hill / Subiendo la colina”

    1. Bob:
      Yes, some great days recently. And the stew was even better on day 2.

  1. Gosh – you are tireless! At least those steps don’t look as fearsome as the ones in Torremolinos – we tend to catch the bus up from Benalmadena Costa, then walk down them to Carihuela rather than the other way round 🙂


    1. Jon:
      I love those steps in Torremolinos but, yes, these are a breeze in comparison.

  2. Ooh, I like the look of that garbanzos and spinach dish. Yumm!
    I read recently that Joni Mitchell wrote that song about Jackson Browne, during their relatively short-lived relationship… what!? I had no idea that they had had a relationship! Ha! I looooove Joni Mitchell’s music.

    1. Judy C:
      There’s apparently no love lost between those two. I wonder what the truth is. I love her music, too.

  3. I was able to put myself in these pictures using my semi-vivid imagination. I needed this this morning. As you well know, depression can sometimes jump at you right out of the blue! I can smell the ocean from here. Thanks, Scoot. You almost lost me with the chickpeas, but I rallied on to the banana bread and cheered up once again.
    I enjoy Joni Mitchell’s songs, but only if someone else sings them. Not a fan of her voice.

    1. Deedles:
      I would so love to see you there for real! I LOVE chickpeas. But I’m glad you were able to recover with chocolate-chip banana bread and Mandarin oranges. It’s interesting how voices hit different people. I love to listen to her (and her lyrics are incredible), but I think there are certain pitches that just aren’t pleasing to different ears. I can understand it.

  4. I’m with Deedles on this one — I can’t stand garbanzo beans or Joni Mitchell either (a major confession for a Canadian like moi, LOL!). Your beautiful seaside photography transports me too.

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      I’m so glad the photos transport you. If you should suddenly arrive, I promise no garbanzo beans and no Joni Mitchell music.

  5. Crisp, clear photos. Thanks for taking us along.
    I enjoy the garbanzo-spinach combo. San Geraldo’s version looks utterly scrumptious.
    Keep savoring it all.

    1. Robyn:
      SG does an exceptional job with these traditional Spanish dishes (well, with everything). The stew was even better the second day.

    1. Jennifer:
      We get a lot of blue sky here (320 days of sunshine per year), but that day, as you can see, was incredible.

  6. Those are some stairs! Yet it was the news that knocked you out. Current events can be dismayingly exhausting.

    1. Kirk:
      My walks have become nothing but exhilerating lately. So grateful to have this around me.

  7. That garbanzo bean stew looks amazing. And the walk looks beautiful. I love the quirky house with the round turret in front (once a lighthouse, or just inspired by one?) and the big shadow of the palm on the path. And an EXCELLENT musical choice, from my second favorite Joni album! (After “Blue,” of course.)

    1. Steve:
      The stew as amazing. SG does an incredibly authentic Spanish job. The house with the lighthouse-like tower was always a house. When we arrive here, it was seriously rundown. It’s been revitalized in the past 2 years and is now very elegant. Thanks for noticing the palm shadow. I love those images and I think most people don’t notice when I include them. I adore Joni Mitchell’s music. I’m a sucker for a good story in song.

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