Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23, 2013

Today was a day full of surprises. First of all we slept in this morning, which was very nice, and after having our Spanish breakfast we decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. We happened upon what are called “chinos”. Basically they are convenient stores and they are named Chinese after the people who tend to operate them, similar to how in the states many Indian people for example work gas stations. This has no negative connotation, but rather is merely a name that is used colloquially. After returning to the hostel we shared a special moment with Paqui (owner of hostel). We had an interesting conversation about how most people in general in Spain speak more than one language, but we found out that Paqui speaks 5; Spanish, Catalan, English, French, and Italian. Wow. Then, she surprised us even further by inviting us to lunch, where she prepared for us an authentic tortilla de patata, salad, white asparagus, and tomatoes in olive oil. Mmmmm. Later, we took advantage of the free Sunday afternoon entry to the Museo Picasso downtown. It is such a cool museum and we recommend it to anyone traveling to or through Malaga. Then, later in the evening around dinner time we went out with Paqui and Carlos and enjoyed some typical Spanish seafood. The beaches were absolutely packed due to the festival of San Juan. It serves as the official start of summer and also shares a religious tradition of lighting and jumping over fires on the sand. We immersed ourselves in the culture and had a wonderful time spent on the beach. We even lit one of those Japanese flying candles and sent it into the night sky!

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Brian Dunbar
Jake Fagan
Dino Delkic
Kevin Deady

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