September at 6.20 a.m. (!) I took the plane to Málaga in the South of Spain.
We arrived three hours later, picked up our rental car, a little Citroen,
and hit the road for Granada.
We intended to visit all the major places in the region of Andalusia in one
week. We got to Granada in the early afternoon and looked out for a cheap
hotel. This first one cost us only 2500 Pesetas (about 16 US $) for two but
it also wasn't very good. The best one we had, a two-star hotel, cost 6000
Pesetas (about 38 US $) for a double room. We left the car in a car park and
took the bus to the famous Alhambra, a Moorish castle on a hill above the
city. For dinner we went to a Spanish restaurant like all the other evenings.
In Spain people don't start eating their main meal before 8 p.m., usually
after 10 p.m.! Food is quite cheap (at least compared to Germany). You can
get a full meal, often including drinks, for about 1000 Pesetas (about 6 US
next morning we travelled on to Córdoba
where we found a hotel right next to the Mezquita, a former mosque
transformed into a cathedral. It's huge prayers hall is full of columns. It
looks very impressive. Our next stop the following day was Sevilla,
the jewel of Spanish cities. There we stayed two days. The Sangria (Spanish
wine) in Sevilla tasted very good. A bit irritating was that because of all
the tourists there were a lot of beggars, shoe-shine boys and street
musicians who asked for money.
September we went on to Cádiz.
The town is situated on a spit of land reaching out into the sea. In the
afternoon we went to the beach. Afterwards we intended to go on a harbour
tour but suddenly we landed at another town further up the coast (El Puerto
de Santa Maria) and as this was the last boat running that day we had to go
back by train! We mistook the trip Cádiz-Puerto for a tour of the port of
following day lead us out of Spain and onto the British peninsula Gibraltar.
At the border somebody wanted 2000 Pesetas from us to be allowed to enter
the town by car as non-residentials but it was a trick! We parked the car
for 1000 Pesetas and walked into the city. Then we went on a tour of the
place by taxi/cab in the company of two Spanish ladies. The driver/guide was
a young guy from Gibraltar with a Scottish mother. He took us up to the Rock
of Gibraltar with its famous apes which were so cute! Back in the town
centre we had British Fish & Chips and Cider. It seemed like Britain in
Spain! Another funny thing about Gibraltar was that the runway from the
airport was crossed by the main road into the town! When a plane landed or
took off barriers came down to stop the cars.
didn't stop in Gibraltar but went inland again to Ronda
where we arrived at about 7.30 p.m. The
next morning we visited this small town with the oldest bull-ring in Spain.
Finally we returned to Málaga.
We got rid of the car at the airport and took the train back into the city.
We walked a bit around the centre and the following day we went up to it's
castle and then to the beach.
September at 9 a.m. I continued on my own and took the coach along the Costa
del Sol to Almería.
Three and a half hours later I arrived and got picked up by my hostess from
the Rancho Rayo de Sol. We went inland for about 35 km and at 5 p.m. I was
already sitting on horse-back. We went riding for three hours and then it
dark. For the moment I was the only guest at the ranch, four being the
maximum. This remained the same until the evening of 23rd
September when two other young women
my age arrived. Our hosts were a young German couple who had left Germany
for a new life in Spain three years ago. On 21th September, like
every morning, we started riding at about 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a break
of about 30 minutes. There were three Andalusian and one German horse (a
black Friesian) for the guests to choose from, two for our hostess, one
being an Andalusian stallion. Only shortly after we got back on that second
day we had a real thunderstrom with heavy rain, lightning and thunder. It
didn't last very long but all the paths and paddocks got flooded! One
evening we also had a barbecue and our hostess played the guitar. On my last
riding day, 26th September, we went to a western film village
where movies like "Once upon a time in the west", "The magnificent seven", "The
good, the bad and the ugly", "Indiana Jones and the last crusade", "Conan
the Barbarian", "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Mad Max" were filmed. The
landscape in that area looks like Arizona! There was also a western show.
morning I walked around the town of Almería and visited its castle. At 3.30
p.m. I took the bus back to Málaga and suddenly the sky got very dark and
there was lightning and thunder and heavy rain again! The streets were
flooded. This was my third heavy rain (besides there were also a couple or
so lighter ones) in the area with the least rainfall in all of Europe and
that in September which is usually still quite a hot month! Well, I spent
another night in Málaga and then caught my flight back home at 10.55 a.m on