Two Weeks in Spain 2017 – At the Olive Farm

January 22, 2018 at 06:14

After a relaxing week at Roberta’s place, I was off to the airport for my flight to Barcelona. The party at the Olive Farm. Julie and Kaveh invited a few more friends from all over the place and all the local friends they have. Took the train to the airport and checked my big bag at the counter.

Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport Pablo Ruiz Picasso terminal
Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport Pablo Ruiz Picasso terminal

We had to walk to the airplane! Do not remember the last time I did that!
We had to walk to the airplane! Do not remember the last time I did that!

Stay on the green - walk to the door
Stay on the green – walk to the door

I was sitting at the front so the front door was for me
I was sitting at the front so the front door was for me

Looks like there is only one guy that looks that nobody walks off
Looks like there is only one guy that looks that nobody walks off

Seat in the Ryanair plane to Barcelona - enough space - even for me!
Seat in the Ryanair plane to Barcelona – enough space – even for me!

Nothing special but this is my first Ryanair flight so I have to get used to the Yellow
Nothing special but this is my first Ryanair flight so I have to get used to the Yellow

Saves you the card in the seat pocket in front of you
Saves you the card in the seat pocket in front of you

A nice stewardess upgraded me to the emergency exit - for free. Thank you Ryanair
A nice stewardess upgraded me to the emergency exit – for free. Thank you Ryanair

Clouds clouds clouds and more Ryanair planes
Clouds clouds clouds and more Ryanair planes

At last sun above the clouds
At last sun above the clouds

Later the clouds cleared
Later the clouds cleared

Barcelona harbour
Barcelona harbour

There is a horse at Barcelona airport
There is a horse at Barcelona airport and it is pretty fat!

Turns out it was not really in fashion
Turns out it was not really in fashion. Good for me!

I had to wait a bit for Laureen and Daniel to pick me up. There was a lot of traffic as well so we arrived at the farm late at night.

The Olive Farm

Julie and Kaveh took over an Olive Farm a year ago. The farm was abandoned for a few years. The house destroyed. There is no electricity and no running water. They renovated the house, installed a water reservoir and solar panels. After that Kaveh started to clear the jungle and cut the Olive trees. The land is so big that he still does not know how many trees he has. The plan for 2018 is to clear the rest of the vegetation around the trees in the far south of the property.

The old farmhouse
The old farmhouse

Lots of old Olive trees and walls
Lots of old Olive trees and walls

The white house belongs to the property as well
The white house belongs to the property as well. Two Australians came to do some Workaway and decided to stay longer. They renovated the house and love it here.

Only a few trees are not Olive trees
Only a few trees are not Olive trees on the land

Olives - the main cash crop on the farm
Olives – the main cash crop on the farm

Olives

Poor dog ran into a stick - now he is a Pirate
Poor dog ran into a stick – now he is a Pirate

Another dog from the neighbour
Another dog from the neighbour

The master of the BBQ
The master of the BBQ

To hot without shade
To hot without shade

Makeshift tent but does the trick
Makeshift tent but does the trick

After the vegetables where done the meat went onto the grill
After the vegetables where done the meat went onto the gril

Not my kind of food
Not my kind of food

Moroccan Sweets
Moroccan Sweets

Julie likes them
Julie likes them

View from the house
View from the house

The afternoon DJ
The afternoon DJ

Why like this?
Why like this?

Andry in the sun
Andry in the sun

The girls had a fun filled afternoon
The girls had a fun filled afternoon

Too much food and enough drinks!
Too much food and enough drinks!

Some took a nap
Some took a nap

Laureen waiting for the gig
Laureen waiting for the gig

Kaveh the Olive farmer
Kaveh the Olive farmer

Laureen, Daniel and Kaveh
Laureen, Daniel and Kaveh

Kaveh with the kid
Kaveh with the kid

Daniel's Bass
Daniel’s Bass

OMG!
OMG!

The Lola Zolas
The Lola Zolas

The gang in front of the house
The gang in front of the new house

Back to Stuttgart

On the morning train to Barcelona
On the morning train to Barcelona

Breakfast at the Bracafe - they are here since 1921!
Breakfast at the Bracafe – they are here since 1921!

Picked this subway entrance - to take a picture of the famouse house
Picked this subway entrance – to take a picture of the famouse house

Finally at the airport
Finally at the airport. The train and subway system is a bit confusing.

My Vuelig plane to Stuttgart
My Vuelig plane to Stuttgart

Hmmmm - this is a tight one
Hmmmm – this is a tight one

Filling up slowly
Filling up slowly

Somewhere over the clouds

Somewhere over the clouds

Stuttgart Airport - you only walk to the bus here
tuttgart Airport – you only walk to the bus here

Two Weeks in Spain 2017 – A few days at Robertas Place near Marbella

January 15, 2018 at 09:07

Took the bus from Málaga to Marbella in the afternoon. A pleasant ride down on the highway along the coast and in the yellow mountains next to it. Arrived in the late afternoon and had to wait only a few minutes for Roberta that picked me up with the car. She has an apartment in a kind of hotel setting. An outdoor pool and one indoor pool, palm trees and gardeners that take care of everything. Most of the apartments are owned by British people. Usually, there are only a few there and mostly only for vacation. So for most of the time you have the pool for yourself and it is very quiet day and night. Great! The only downside – no WiFi in the place.

‎⁨Urbanización Los Almendros⁩
Sun set view above the Urbanización Los Almendros

View from Robertas place above Los Almendros - it comes with two pools and you can see the ocean as well
View from Roberta’s place above Los Almendros – it comes with two pools and you can see the ocean as well

The Balcony
The Balcony

Iglesias San Pedro de Alcantara
Iglesias San Pedro de Alcantara in San Pedro da Alcantara

In San Pedro da Alcantara
In San Pedro da Alcantara

One day we drove down the street along the coast to the Kite Surfer spot. Africa is so close from here.

Africa on the other side
Stop for a Coffe – Africa on the other side

At the Campo di Gibralta
At the Campo di Gibralta. There are so many – amazing.

Capilla de San Juan de Dios
Capilla de San Juan de Dios

Capilla de San Juan de Dios

Down in Marbella for a snack at the ocean
Down in Marbella for a snack at the ocean

Look who is here to say hello
Look who is here to say hello

Roberta has some business in Málaga to attend – great for me since I had my flight from Málaga to Barcelona a day after. We drove down and stayed at her place in the city center of Málaga.

View from Robertas place in Malaga - very nice!
View from Robertas place – very nice!

We went to a Vegetarian restaurant
We went to a Vegetarian restaurant – interesting food and presentation

The view in the morning - not nice at all
The view in the morning – not nice at all

Adios and muchas gracias Roberta!
A weeks goes fast – even in Spain! Adios and muchas gracias Roberta!

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Two Weeks in Spain 2017 – Málaga Part 2

January 13, 2018 at 13:04

This is the second part of the Málaga pictures. You find Part 1 here. I only had a few hours because I have a bus to catch down to Marbella to meet Roberta. So let’s finish the walk with the Alcazaba of Málaga. Come and have a look!

Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon
Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon

Wedding
Wedding

On the Plaza de Felix Saenz
On the Plaza de Felix Saenz

Iglesia de San Juan
Iglesia de San Juan

Roof Details
Roof Details

Round house corner
Round house corner

Calle Puerta del Mar
Calle Puerta del Mar

Alcazaba of Málaga

Towering over the city of Málaga is the Alcazaba. It is a palatial fortification and was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century.

A tower of the Alcazaba of Málaga
A tower of the Alcazaba of Málaga

Inside the Alcazaba of Málaga
Inside the Alcazaba of Málaga

View from the outer citadel
View from the outer citadel

Another tower with gate
Another tower with gate

View from the inner citadel to the harbour
View from the inner citadel to the harbour

Part of the palace
Part of the palace

One of the court yards
One of the court yards

View from the top
View from the top

Another court-yard - the Cuartos de Granada in the back
Another court-yard – the Cuartos de Granada in the back

The bull-fight ring
The bull-fight ring

Alcazaba of Málaga

Flamenco girl
Flamenco girl – I love those 8 bit pictures

I wonder when it was full the last time?
I wonder when it was full the last time? Everything is super dry over here.

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Two Weeks in Spain 2017 – Málaga

January 10, 2018 at 04:35

Why would I go to Spain in the hot season? I would not! But Julie and Kaveh had a party and invited me. The catch was: “We get married” which turned out not to be true! And since I wanted to visit Roberta for a few years now why not do that as well? On top of that Laureen and Daniel were in Spain for a few weeks and wanted to come to the Olive Farm. So I booked a ticket to Málaga, another one to Barcelona and finally a flight from Barcelona back to Stuttgart.

Stuttgart Airport - Last good beer and some junk food
Stuttgart Airport – Last good beer and some junk food. The new bakery they have at the lower level is not as good as the old one. More expensive on top of that. But the beer selection is amazing for an airport supermarket. They have lots of little breweries, Craft Beer as well as all the usual suspects. And they are open 7 days a week.

Air Berlin to Malaga
Air Berlin to Málaga

Not too much space
Not too much space

As long as nobody moves the seat its ok
As long as nobody moves the seat its ok

No frills - the flight was operated by NIKI Air
No frills – the flight was operated by NIKI Air. Since the weather was good it was very smooth and lots to see on the way.

The Albtrauf in the back
The Albtrauf in the back

Bodensee or Lake Constance
Bodensee or Lake Constance

Somewhere over Spain - it is dry!
Somewhere over Spain – it is dry!

Nice view from the plane
Nice view from the plane

Somewhere over Spain
Somewhere else over Spain

As long as you have water things are good
As long as you have water things are good down there

Not too much water in the lake
Not too much water in the lake

Agriculture everywhere
Agriculture everywhere

Malaga Top Hostel

Booked a night at the Malaga Top Hostel in Málaga. The place is close to public transport and close to the centre of the city. The room, bed and bathroom were super clean and so was the kitchen.

My bed at the Malaga Top Hostel
My bed at the Malaga Top Hostel

8 Bed Doorm
8 Bed Doorm with AC and private lockers

Clean
Clean

Looks new and was clean
Looks new and was clean every time I used it

Breakfast room. You can heat your food and have hot water
Breakfast room. You can heat your food and boil your water for tea or coffee

A fridge and a coffee machine
A fridge and a coffee machine

Went for a beer and a snack - the moon and artificial light
Went for a beer and a snack – the moon and artificial light

Málaga

Málaga was founded over 2800 years ago by the Phoenicians – this makes it one of the oldest cities on the planet. It was ruled by Ancient Carthage, the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire. After that, it was under Islamic rule for 800 years and finally, in 1487 the Crown of Castille gained control over the city.

The Greenpeace Esperanza in the back
Started my day with the “Pack the Bag” game – left that bag at the hostel and walked down to the harbour. On the way, I had some breakfast. You can see the Greenpeace Esperanza in the back.

The Radiant in the back
The Radiant in the back – Built for Boris Berezovsky for EUR 148 million. When he ran into financial difficulties the yacht was sold to Abdulla al Futtaim for EUR 240 million. Hmm, this looks like a nice biz to do. You order a yacht and can not pay so you sell it to somebody for 92 million more…

Málaga Cathedral

Málaga Cathedral
Málaga Cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782

Málaga Cathedral
The north tower is 84 metres (276 ft) high, making this building the second-highest cathedral in Andalusia, after the Giralda of Seville.

Detail from above the main door of the Málaga Cathedral
Detail from above the main door of the Málaga Cathedral

Málaga Cathedral
The tower of the Málaga Cathedral from the back of the cathedral

Málaga Cathedral

Episcopal Palace
Episcopal Palace – one of the most important buildings of late baroque architecture in the city.

Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires

Tower of the Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires
Tower of the Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires

San Ciriaco and Santa Paula
San Ciriaco and Santa Paula, the patron saints of Malaga.

Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires
Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires or The Church of the Holy Martyrs

Main Altar
Main Altar

Inside the Church of the Holy Martyrs.
This church can take on every church in Italy. You can wander for an hour and still miss details here. Most of the artwork centres around Maria and Jesus.

Ceiling
Ceiling

Ceiling

Lots of paintings on the ceiling as well
Lots of paintings on the ceiling as well

Maria with Jesus
Maria with Jesus

Maria
Maria

Maria

Maria

The famous last supper
The famous last supper

Maria watches over the last supper
Maria watches over the last supper

Jesus
Jesus

Enough for this post – more to come in a few days.
I sit in my bungalow in Pai and look over the garlic fields into the mountains. Today is a foggy morning and the sun is working hard to burn a big hole into the mist. Happy for another day in PAIradiese!

 
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