Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013

Today was our first full day without Dino and Kevin. We woke up in the morning and met with Dr. Coker and the three of us took a bus to the airport to pick up Kyle and Paul. We didn't know for sure when they were coming, but we had a pretty good idea and luckily we guessed right. It was good to meet them. We came back to the Hostal for just a little bit, then we showed them the boat yard for a little bit and then met Paqui and Carlos in Pena Barcelonista for a nice lunch. We then met Dr. Coker in the Pablo Picasso museum. Then we got some ice cream and came back to the Hostal for the night.  

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July 6, 2013

Today was a somber day because Jake and I had to see the boys off. Dino woke us up in the morning and we said our goodbyes. He had to be at the airport at 8a.m. Then we went back to sleep and then Kevin woke us up around 10a.m. We ate breakfast together one last time and then parted ways. We had wished them both safe travels to their next destinations. And then there were two. On the brighter side of things, Jake and I carpe diemed the day and took the rental bikes from the hostel to the port in the city center. There we were able to not only see but actually board for free the "Nao Victoria". This ship was an exact (beautiful) wooden replica of the first vessel to successfully circumnavigate the globe. WOW. It was awesome too because we got our own personal tour and we went places that are cut off to the public. Even more interesting is the fact that the avenue where our hostel is located, Av Juan Sebastian Elcano, is named after the captain of La Victoria. He set out with Magellan, along with a crew of about 200 or so sailors and five ships, and was among the very few who returned with a ship full of spices to the Spanish crown. Then, we took a trip that may very well be considered the highlight of the entire trip, only because what we saw was so unreal...Jake, Dr. Coker and I went back to Macharaviaya, the town where Bernardo De Galvez was born, and we saw the amazing way they celebrate our 4th of July. It happened to be on the 6th only because it was the first Saturday after. However, it was just absolutely unbelievable to witness such pride and enthusiasm from the ENTIRE village and to be part of the celebration. We saw a reenactment of the battle of Pensacola when the Spanish expelled the British from West Florida, followed by traditional dances from Andalusia and delicious home-made food. Then to put the cherry on top, they even had a fire works show that served as a wonderful reminder of home. We definitely felt the spirit of our revolution alive in these people from this little village, and it was more than incredible to witness. It's just a shame that Kevin and Dino had to leave earlier and couldn't make it. What an unforgettable day and night!

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Brian Dunbar
Jake Fagan

Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5,2014

Today we got up later than usual, still happy from the barbeque the night before, and met Alfonso at the Astilleros to get to work. We only worked on the Phoenician replica today. This is because it was our last day and putting a row of planking on the Phoenician was the closest we had come to actually finishing anything, so we gave it our all. We got all the pieces cut, but didn't quite finish adjusting them. Nevertheless, today was a well spent last day of work, very meaningful, and we still managed to have a ton of fun in the process like always. Also important was that the tee-shirts came in today!!! Alfonso ordered us each a shirt that has the logo of the shipyard on it. How cool! Thanks Alfonso! Then later, Dino and Kevin were busy packing for their departure tomorrow, but they did take a break to go out and dine one last time. It was so funny because the entire three weeks we have been here we have enjoyed every restaurant we've been to, but on our last night this one restaurant, no names, completely messed up our order and we just had to leave! How funny no? So then we concluded our last night in Malaga. What a wonderful time we have had, and now Dino is heading to Germany tomorrow, and Kevin back to the states, where his family and a Caribbean cruise await him! Safe travels boys!

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Brian Dunbar
Jake Fagan
Dino Delkic
Kevin Deady

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013

We all woke up at 7:15 am and ate breakfast. We walked to work and got to the boatyard at 8:00 am. We worked on shaping planks for the Phoenician craft, by wetting and bending the wood into shape. We drilled holes into the mortise and tenon joints and hammered in tree nails, with a wooden hammer. We installed two planks on the Phoenician craft, it seemed like an eternity working on these planks, but finally they are on the boat. We set up the frame to the Galveston outside and called it quits for the day at 2:00 pm. We then decided to eat lunch at Namaste, and had lamb burgers with Dr. Coker. We went to town on the bus and got trinkets for our family and friends, and baby clothing for Alfonso’s daughter. We then went back to the hostel and waited till it was time to go to the boatyard for supper. We got drinks at super sol for supper which consisted of wine, lemon Fanta and Coke. We waited in the boatyard for an hour and a half for Alfonso to show up. He showed up with a lot of family members and friends. Alfonso played us the national anthem with a harmonica, he learned how by listening to the song and repeating with the harmonica until he got it right. The party consisted of Dino, Jake, Brian, Kevin, Dr. Coker, Alfonso, Ernesto, Maria (Ernesto’s girlfriend), Alfonso’s wife, kid, Mom, Step-dad, and Neighbor film director. We ate pork chops, pork patties, torisimo(sausage), blood sausage, Russian salad, snacked on cheese, olives, potato chips, and crackers. The food was excellent and was cooked over nothing else but live oak from America. We drank Tinto De Verano, Coke and whiskey (that Alfonso brought to the table). Had a lot of fun talking and joking around until 2:00 am then called it quits and went to bed at 2:30 am.

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Kevin Deady
Brian Dunbar
Jake Fagan
Dino Delkic



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013

In the boatyard we worked some more on the Phoenician boat making planks and nails. Dr. Jeff Coker came to the boat yard. We talked a lot about history. For lunch, after work, we went to get bocadillos in La Baguette which is a little bread place and market. We were planning on taking a nap, but for whatever reason, it just didn't happen. We ate at Mafalda for dinner which is kind of like a burger place, which they call camperos here. Overall it was a very good day.

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Jake Fagan
Brian Dunbar
Dino Delkic
Kevin Deady

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013

Today in the boatyard, we worked on the Phoenician boat, making nails and cutting wood to form the planks. Dr. Jeff Coker, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UNF came today. He is a very nice man and we're all excited that he is here with us in Malaga! We also met Francisco who is another one of the siblings from the boatyard. He seems like a good guy too and he even speaks pretty good English. We had lunch with Paqui and Carlos after work. They made macarrones con queso which is essentially homemade mac and cheese. Afterwards, we took out Alfonso's McDonald's boat (we call it that because the boat was in a McDonald's commercial). It was so much fun. Alfonso has told us that we really haven't been to Malaga until we see it from the water. So now we have officially been to Malaga. Later, we met up with Jeff Coker and went to the terrace of a nice hotel and saw a beautiful view of the city. The views, the drinks and the company were awesome. Today was very fun.

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Jake Fagan
Dino Delkic
Brian Dunbar
Kevin Deady

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013

Today was another one of our longer days. We went to work in the morning and ended up staying until 2pm. Supposedly our course spans from 8am to 11am and if we wish to stay longer we then become “volunteers” of the Astilleros. We liked this idea from day one and we came to help as much as we can, so three hours just wasn’t enough! We mostly worked only on the Phoenician replica today. After work we stopped by the local market Mercadona to stock up on lunch foods. Then, we were all pretty exhausted so we ended up taking an afternoon siesta along with the rest of the Spanish. After recharging from our nap, we made plans to go to dinner here at the beach and found a new restaurant with the same name as our hostel. It’s called Restaurante Las Acacias, and man do they have the best grilled fish. Between the four of us we shared two paellas and one big whole fish, with the head and all, which turned out to be quite a delicious experience!

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Brian Dunbar
Dino Delkic
Jake Fagan
Kevin Deady