Note to Self: Hope

It was just us there standing by the viewpoint on a sunny afternoon at the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park in Spain.

I could hear the waves, the seagulls and my heart beating. I should have been scared of the unknown waiting for me at home once this road trip was over but instead I felt hopeful.

I found hope as I looked out to the horizon because I finally understood the purpose behind the magnitude of the battles I fought up to that point.

Fast forward to today, I find myself foolishly forgetting this every time I stare at the peak that I have to climb once again.

I know that I’ll get there eventually. I also know that when I do, I’ll be smiling like the time these photographs were taken because all this right now will finally make sense.

Please remember that.

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Cave Houses of Guadix, Spain

Guadix was such a fascinating place to visit. There were chimneys scattered along the hillsides and ancient cave entrances still intact and visible on the mountain. I didn’t know functional cave dwellings still existed today.

Most of the cave homes were modernised with electricity and running water and some even had extensions added to the original sandstone home. We briefly toured a local’s home (Cueva Jose) and got to experience how naturally cooler the temperature was inside. The owner was such a sweet man who welcomed us into his property with a big smile. His home is located in Plaza del Padre Poveda and a must see when in the neighbourhood.

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Frigiliana, Spain

We could spot Frigiliana from afar; the village was perched on the side of a mountain and looked very white against the dark grey and green backdrop. We enjoyed lunch there at noon (surprisingly) and strolled through the streets briefly. Though most everything was closed, there were people out, mostly tourists bemoaning every step up the steep hill. The locals only started to emerge from their shelters once we were heading down to the car. I heard them before I could see them, especially the ladies’ clustered giggles as they walked past the breathless tourists.

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Málaga, Spain

Málaga’s beautiful city centre and waterfront revived our road trip in Andalusia. I would have loved to stay a day or two longer. I had such a great time shopping and browsing around the tiny streets filled with cafes, cervecerías and bakeries. It kind of reminded me of Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Somehow the old and the new just seem to work in this city.

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Seville: Some Tips for the Brave

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Seville. I’m sure Seville has many wonderful things to boast about, but I unfortunately didn’t quite understand the place. We were run on excitement in the morning, annoyance in the afternoon then utter disappointment in the evening. Our overall experience there was rather hair-thinning, actually.

In case anyone decides to venture out there, it might be best to:
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