Monday, 12 December 2016

Onward to new adventures!

Being useful at Finca La Maroma
As my time at Finca La Maroma comes to an end I look back on it with mixed feelings. We've managed to get a lot of useful things done for the owners, and they've looked after us extremely well, but I've found that the peace and quiet of the mountains has allowed me a bit too much time to think my thoughts. Mostly this has been positive; thoughts about where to go, what to write about and how to learn more Spanish. However, some days have been more difficult as I've found myself dwelling on what was, what is and what will be.

But enough of that!

I have my next helpx host at a small hostal (not a hostel - I'll explain that another time) in Marbella starting on Saturday but first I've got three nights off in Málaga. I started to make a list of the things I want to do whilst there:

  • Catedral de Málaga - apparently one must visit cathedrals even if they all look the same
  • Mercado Atarazanas - to buy food because it doesn't feel proper to go to the supermarket
  • Alcazba - a castle because coming from Scotland I've not seen enough castles
  • Museo Picasso Málaga - I think he may have been born there... in a museum?
  • Centre Pompidou Málaga - worked for Paris didn't it?
  • Castillo de Gibralfaro - again with the castles
  • Tapas at La Cosmopolita - when in Rome, do Roman stuff. When in Spain, eat tapas and drink wine!
  • A language exchange - I saw it advertised on Couchsurfing with the promise of more wine
That should keep me pretty busy but do let me know if you think I've missed something important. 

A new line of though has been forming in the last few days (something about all this peace and quiet) which is to somehow get involved with Cruz Roja Española (Spanish Red Cross). I worked and volunteered with the British Red Cross for three years and with planning to be in the country for at least a year I'm sure I could make some contribution here as a volunteer and it would be great for improving my Spanish. It also occurs to me that there is potential for something a bit bigger; there are currently 190 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world, with more being formed. Now wouldn't that be an interesting and unique way to see the world?


  1. Great read Alasdair! I enjoy following your adventures. I hope you enjoy Malaga 🙂

  2. Great to read your news bud, I'm glad you are finding some direction. Picasso museum is a great shout, so hope you can make some time for it. Personally like the blue period work.

    1. Cheers Chris. I'll definitely make time for Picasso. :)