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Malaga backstreets「マラガの道」

malaga old town

It's been a week since we physically landed, but somehow it feels we are still floating somewhere between Spain and Japan. What can I say. It's a weird feeling. I am not a foreigner, but I don't feel local either. 8 years away and a couple of international moves... Well, I guess they have enough impact on your personality to turn you into some kind of nomad - still, if you ask me for home, then I'll certainly answer Södermalm.

On the sunny side of things, fruit is cheap, the sun shines more or less everyday and hitting the beach, takes a 20' stroll from home. Enrique is driving "the health diet" which fits in nicely with the controlled working hours. We eat lots of fruit, get proper sleep and spend as little time as possible home. As soon as we have settled (i.e. found an empty apartment to move in, when our furniture arrives) we will start exercising regularly. Now, weekdays are a blend of paperwork, bus stop waiting lines and all sorts of chores required when you move into a new house, the bulb breaks, you need a towel and all that.

Malaga is getting ready for the Holy Week parades and people are renting out their balconies (!!). Sometimes we think is an apartment for rent... But nope, just the balcony!  The hairdresser told Enrique that there is one particularly expensive balcony in their building, because of the "double curve". The guys carrying the throne need to do some sort of special moves with the heavy and holy Saint, so it is really fun to watch - apparently.

I said this hundred thousand times, Spain and Japan are very similar: Aren't the Omikoshi quite the same as the Holy Week's Thrones

Main difference is that Andalusian Thrones are heavier (up to 5000kg) and more of an event. An app to track the Thrones around the city was released today (!!). But it makes perfect sense, as the coolest is not when the Trone is being walked around (except for the double curve) the best is to see it being "locked in" the destination church. Seriously. I saw masses of people running after the "locking moment" yesterday. 

As said before, my guess is that the years away make you develop an eye for the beauty in the local details, which are often missed when living in the same place for a long while. Here's a walk around our current neighborhood (the center of Malaga) on the first sunny Saturday of the Spring.

Hope you like it (^_^)

malaga gamla stan

Streets are crowded with al fresco tapas' bar tables.

malaga old town

The city has Roman origin (just like Zaragoza) which is clearly visible in the Roman Theatre.


malaga old town

Still learning how to shoot in this burning sun... But smiling ;)

malaga gamla stan

I really like the many XIX Century houses.

malaga old town

I really like the colors and baroque shapes. But yes, I'd rather throw down all the internal walls and turn these flats into a single-open-space loft, for the sake of contrast.

malaga old town

malaga old town

Churches, tiny streets, microscopic squares.

malaga old town

malaga old town

I so love this one, white and bright. Reminds me of the fake wedding churches of Omotesando :P

malaga old town

After a long walk, time for an early dinner (yes we are those eating 20:30) at my hands-down favorite place, which is called Lechuga and specializes in salads. My favorite is the Nordic one, because it comes with something that reminds me SO MUCH of skagenröra that feels like being in Stockholm, having some yummy räksallad.

malaga restaurante lechuga entrante de mozzarella

malaga restaurante lechuga ensalada americana

Restaurante Lechuga
Address: Plaza de la Merced 1
Phone: +34610391494

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Anonymous said...

Que bonita esta Málaga!! Hace mil años que no voy! Una de mis mejores amigas estuvo trabajando allí unos años y alquiló un apartamento en el "cerrao" (cerrado de Calderón, creo recordar) y el sitio era precioso, vistas al mar impresionantes y muy tranquilo
Me son familiares tus sensaciones, tranqui, en unas semanas te situaras. Málaga no es Tokio, para lo bueno y para lo malo y encontrarás muchas cosas buenas en esta nueva etapa, seguro!
Suerte con tu piso!
Besos C

Clau said...

Supongo que cada día te sitúas un poco más. Hemos estado pateando bastante y la verdad, nos quedamos con la zona centro (ya sea en torno al Corte Inglés y el río o las callejuelas por donde perderte).

Se ven muchos sitios residenciales, pero más alejados. Lo de ir al Mercado un Sábado por la mañana, es un placer que de momento, no queremos perder. Pero tiempo al tiempo...

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