Nerja : I'm back!

Hello my lovelies!

This is just a quick post to say hi really. I am absolutely shattered from all the travelling and general increased base level of anxiety. That being said, Nerja was absolutely amazing. I couldn't believe how beautiful the town was. Our time there went too quickly, as time generally does when on holiday anywhere!

I survived the planes too! The first flight was a heavily sedated one, and shocked me to my very core. I can just about handle it when we're at a cruising altitude, but take-off and landing suck donkey dong. There are videos coming, once I edit them together or something. It rests more on what this laptop will let me do without crashing or having an epic hissy fit now... Not long until I can buy a decent one!

Where was I?

Oh. Yes. Spain.

I was pretty anxious about having any experience whatsoever with the language but that was another fairly baseless concern. It's a very easy language to pick up, and most people you will come into contact with speak basic English at least. Another daft worry was that I was going to be backed into a corner when it came to drinking alcohol, but was really happy to see plenty of options available. The supermarket was a particular saving grace, as soon as I saw "sin alcohol" San Miguel. I would have danced around the aisle if I wasn't already getting funny looks. I think I was the whitest person in Nerja!

The fruit is out of this world. As was the ice cream. And the coffee... It's no wonder I was rather swollen out there. We swam daily, sometimes twice. We went to the beach lots. We sunbathed. We took siestas. We laughed. We ate. We played games on the balcony in the evenings. It was perfect.

I took 200 Euros with me and managed just fine with that amount, but I would have liked maybe another 100 or so to spend in the incredible little shops in the side streets. If you're anything like me and have a bit of a bit of a soft spot for all things quirky/boho/hand-made/colourful you will come home with vastly more than you arrived with!

I bought some food items back - of course! - some gorgeous tapas dishes from an incredible ceramics shop near our apartment complex, and some cute little anklets from a shop that I thought could only exist in my dreams! Oh, and I bagged some new Body Shop skincare products at the duty free in Malaga airport. If I had the money, I would have bought bags, clothes, scarfs, shoes.... you name it!

The only negative I can say about my time in Nerja, was the beggars on the street and the terrible problem with stray and abandoned cats. On our last night, having seen these poor creatures all week, I collected all the scraps I could from our meal and wrapped them up to take to the gated house they took shelter in. The boyfriends mum thought it was ridiculous but I didn't care. They needed help and this was all I could do. When we arrived at where they were, they attracted a lot of attention from people passing by. Most were tourists but of course some locals were in the area too. These poor babies inhaled the food while pictures were taken. An Irish man passed by with his children and had the audacity to say out loud how repulsed he was by cats and what I was doing. It took a lot to not really shout at him. Some people make me sick. A spanish woman passed by with her dog and seemed to be telling me that these cats were to be left alone as they were not pets, but I can't be sure. She was definitely pissed that I was trying to help the cats. Once I had run out of food and couldn't stay with them any longer, I broke down and cried the entire way back to the apartment. I have more to say on this but I'll save it for another time.

Despite that, I had an amazing time and we're already planning our next trip abroad! But for now I have to spend as close to nothing as possible....

Normal service will resume soon! I just need to catch up on some rest.

Lots of love
Samantha Nicholls. Powered by Blogger.

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