REMOTE Spain! Tiny Cartajima

Trip Start Apr 22, 2011
Trip End May 08, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Sunday, May 1, 2011

Another great train experience from Madrid to Malaga, great meal served and we landed in Malaga.

So our rental car was available however the cost of insurance at 60 Euro's a day made it absolutely ridiculous cost-wise. We decided to forgo the car as we really only needed it for 3 days so off we headed in a taxi to Cartajima – 130 Euros but would be much less than the car.  Great driver, straight to Los Castanos and into Room Numero uno.  Driving to this very remote (one track road for last 6 km) I began to wonder what the heck I had got us into.  But the hotel is delightful.  View from our room was basically just at the church and down a street but it was a great little room with lots of character.  Good dinner and excellent company.  This place’s is 95% people our age – dinner with a couple from Jerusalem, both psycho analysts – very interesting Zionist Jews they called themselves.  He has Parkinson's so it was interesting to talk health, eating for health etc after dinner in the lounge around the fire with Spanish wine.  I had a great yoga etc chat with a young gal from England – she and her boyfriend both accountants.  Another couple from Australia – Barbara the Barrister – a real character.  Great fun to chat with all these different folk from all over the world. 

Day 2

Hopped a ride to Ronda with John, owner’s husband – sent to Ronda to get groceries.  Followed his great walking tour up and down seeing many sites, from an old mine right in the middle of the town, from one bridge covering the gorge to another, built ever so many centuries ago by Moors, and .... incredible sites.  Did a full tour of the central church – very ornate and the works of art were quite something.  Found a leather shop – hadn’t even realized Spanish leather was so incredible so did damage for both of us with new leather jackets – lamb skin – softest leather!  Red for me – black for R.  Wandered streets, legs feeling the pounding from the cobblestone streets and hard surfaces, rain just beginning but we carried on until we found the absolutely delightful tapas bar John had recommended – Los Mateos – incredible tapas esp. the tiny broad beans!! with cured ham, R’s chorizo sausages and a duck pate on some wonderful cheese drizzled with honey. Sipping on vino blanco/tinto the heavens opened and it started to absolutely pour!!  So stayed and kept sipping!  Great way to spend the rest of the day.

Taxi back to relax before heading to the local Cafe Amalia for a locals basic dinner.  Only 2 basic tables in the place.  A group of locals sat around one table that had a blanket over it – underneath was a charcoal burner and that’s how they keep warm here!! The other table was set for us with a paper tablecloth - Di had called earlier to ensure there was food there!! Full meal!!  Good mixed ensalada, steak, zucchini with a long green pepper, a tortilla with Iberic ham – and a thin steak – superb!! Entertained by the owners dog Chica who kept his head on my knee, tapping it every now and then to see if I’d feed him.  And way too much food.  Creme caramel left a bit to be desired but wasn’t needed anyway.  Half way through the meal a British couple we'd seen briefly at the hotel,Tony and Alice joined us (basically the only table in the place) and we had good fun chatting with them.  She is operations manager for a professional choir – neat!  He, even though an accountant J,  had a good sense of humour.  We exchanged emails at the end of the time here and hopefully will see them in Canada some day or we could visit them in UK. 

Back home in the pouring rain – nightcap for R by the fire and a chat with Di and John and Casey.  Casey is a gal from near Seattle who is here on a work and stay program – 27 – lost everything in a catering business so decided to travel the world – sweet girl – had a great chat with her the night before. 

Internet connection in Cartajima lousy so uploading pictures impossible.  Will do from Seville tomorrow.
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