At least it’s not really medieval / Al menos no es realmente medieval

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

Every year between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, Fuengirola has a medieval festival in the center of town. (They used to hold it at the castle.) They close off a long section of one of the main streets. The first stretch is all foods. Dried fruit and nuts, candies and sweets, cured meats, and more. The middle section is filled with small rides and other entertainment for kids. The final stretch is gifts and jewelry. I usually enjoy it for the pottery, but there wasn’t any this year. Oh well. It was a great walk into the sunset (and then back home). Some parts of the world seem to be returning to medieval times — and not for just the fruit and nuts.

The festival begins near Plaza de la Constitución, which was set up for entertainment later that evening. I didn’t stick around. The streets were mobbed. San Geraldo would have hated it. But, when I returned to the beach for my walk home, I found the Paseo almost completely deserted.

Yesterday morning, friends Connor and his mother Maureen met us for coffee. They’re here from Glasgow for a “wee holiday.” Two exceptional people who have been coming to Fuengirola longer than we’ve lived here I think.

Connor teaches Spanish. He’s fluent in French, as well. English is his problem. Have you ever heard a Glaswegian accent? I’m constantly translating for San Geraldo, and we all laugh at some of the things he hears. I’ll share some another day. Connor can put on a “posh” English accent whenever he likes, which we understand perfectly. I told him he should just do that all the time. (But he really shouldn’t.)

This afternoon, we’re going for a “wee donder” (a walk) to the neighborhood Belén I finally discovered last year (click here).


Cada año, entre el día de Navidad y Nochevieja, Fuengirola tiene una fiesta medieval en el centro de la ciudad. (Solían celebrarlo en el castillo.) Cierran un tramo largo de una de las calles principales. El primer tramo es todos los alimentos. Frutos secos y frutos secos, caramelos y golosinas, embutidos y más. La sección central está llena de pequeñas atracciones y otros entretenimientos para niños. La recta final son los regalos y las joyas. Normalmente lo disfruto por la cerámica, pero no hubo este año. Oh bien. Fue un gran paseo hacia la puesta de sol (y luego de regreso a casa). Algunas partes del mundo parecen estar regresando a la época medieval, y no solo por las frutas y nueces.

El festival comienza cerca de la Plaza de la Constitución, que se instaló para el entretenimiento más tarde esa noche. No me quedé. Las calles estaban atestadas. San Geraldo lo hubiera odiado. Pero, cuando regresé a la playa para caminar a casa, encontré el Paseo casi completamente desierto. Ayer por la mañana, los amigos Connor y su madre Maureen se reunieron con nosotros para tomar un café. Están aquí desde Glasgow para unas “wee vacation” [vacaciones]. Dos personas excepcionales que llevan viniendo a Fuengirola más tiempo del que llevamos viviendo aquí, creo.

Connor enseña español. También habla francés con fluidez. El inglés es su problema. ¿Alguna vez has escuchado un acento de Glasgow? Estoy constantemente traduciendo para San Geraldo, y todos nos reímos de algunas de las cosas que escucha. Compartiré algunos otro día. Curiosamente, Connor puede poner un acento inglés “elegante” cuando quiera, lo cual entendemos perfectamente. Le dije que debería hacer eso todo el tiempo. (Pero realmente no debería).

Esta tarde, vamos a dar un “wee donder” (un paseo) en el barrio a un Belén que finalmente descubrí el año pasado (haz clic aquí).

• Outside Mesón Salvador after coffee Thursday.
• Afuera de Mesón Salvador después del café del jueves.

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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..

28 thoughts on “At least it’s not really medieval / Al menos no es realmente medieval”

  1. The local municipal government there must have exceptionally organized and dedicated staff considering all the festivals throughout the year….. the numbers of people participating is great.

  2. Oh the embarrassment. As one who studies ‘medieval history’ a lot I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at these spectacles. Oh well what the hell they aren’t history lessons they are dungeons and dragons fun parties.

  3. Aw, Scooter, I wanna rub that nice beard on your handsome chin. I thought it was too cold for SG to go out. What are those things that resemble strawberries and bananas? Some kind of candy, I’m sure. It all looks yummy. Wee donder? Maybe donder replaces wander?


    1. janiejunebug:
      The last time Conner and Maureen were in town together, we went out for dinner. They wore shorts. I wore a fall jacket. SG wore a winter coat. Those marshmallow strawberries and bananas. The strawberries were as big as my fist.

  4. My daughter-in-law was born in Scotland and emigrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was two. They would go back every summer to visit family. She told me she found her Scottish grandmother impossible to understand. I think her mother had to “translate” their conversations for her too.

    1. TexasTrailerParkTrash:
      I have to ask Conner to repeat things sometimes, too. Oddly, his accent is stronger than his mothers’s. But it sure is nice to listen to.

  5. Unfortunately, ‘nuts’ were not limited to medieval times…as the past number of years have demonstrated, all too sadly.

    And, to answer your question: three good friends are Glaswegians (though one has lived in Paris for the past 30 years), so I’m familiar with the accent–and need no translation. 🙂 We try to meet up together at least once a year. Twill be Paris in April, this coming year.

  6. I’m always wary of Xmas markets, however they care to dress them up – over-priced tat, most of the time. That “candy” stall confuses me – are those edible sweets or soaps? Jx

    PS Hellooooooo, Connor!

    1. Jon:
      Those strawberries and bananas were marshmallow treats. Strawberries as big as my fist. I agree with you about Christmas markets. I’ve unfortunately never been to the cities famous for theirs and seem to only find these standard types. At least these jewelry stalls were custom, but how many beaded necklaces do I need? Conner deserves a Hellooooooo.

  7. I’m amazed at all the festivals and goings-on in Fuengirola. There’s always something to do and see! How far away is your apartment from the commotion?

    1. Chrissoup:
      We’re a 25- to 30-minute walk to where the fair began. There’s always something going on. I have a hard time keeping track of what’s coming.

  8. Yes, we sometimes seem to be headed in a medieval direction as a planet, don’t we? But your festival is colorful and looks fun, even without pottery.

    1. Steve:
      When the festival was held at our thousand-year-old castle, it bugged me that there really wasn’t much medieval about it. Now that it’s held in the center of town, it’s somehow OK. And, sadly, history does repeat itself.

  9. I’m beginning to think I need to hightail it over there with all these tasty little morsels, and I’m not referring to the food either. And I love festivals, even if I’m not buying it’s nice to see everybody’s handicraft. Looks like a fun Festival!

  10. It looks like a good time was had by all at this festival — those marshmallow strawberries and bananas have me drooling…. I better go have some lunch now, LOL! Love all the falling star lights and the birds in the trees — even the lighted reindeer is nice!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      The plaza did look beautiful. I too was drooling over those marshmallow strawberries and bananas.

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