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Friends and Málaga

Spring is typically a time known for renewal, birth, rebirth or whatever. Around here, it is a time for reminiscing and catching up with long time friends. Can you believe I have known this lady for almost 20 years? What the heck?! We had a great time hanging around town and checking out local establishments like the beach, hidden pumpkins around town, the doctor, and our patio. Sometimes the best things are the normal things. Erica, René, and Javi took the ferry over to Cádiz and also just relaxed. It was a really great time.

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To prove I have known her since our grad school days, I have included a throwback to my first time cooking a Thanksgiving dinner and for some odd reason, the vegetarian is carving the turkey!

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They continued on with their vuelta de España and we went back to our “normal” life. Our next adventure was to Málaga for Quinn’s competition in Hyrox. For those who aren’t on Facebook and didn’t get my WhatsApp spam, it is an endurance competition that includes the following exercises: Skierg machine, rowing, walking lunges, burpee broad jumps, wall balls, sled pull, sled push, and farmer’s carry. In between each of the events you run a kilometer for a total of 8 kilometers. It was such a SCENE. Music blaring, rows and rows of competitors, waves of people starting the competition every 10 minutes, lights flashing and just a general party vibe. Quinn finished 25th overall and 7th for his age group.

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The coach of our gym, David, and his wife, Maria, (who are also our friends, neighbors, and language exchange partners) also came out to Málaga to support Quinn’s competition. It was a super fun time and we enjoyed exploring Málaga with them.

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It was a little weird being in Málaga because it is a cruise port and there were so many people speaking different languages. I have gotten accustomed to our little corner of Spain with the mix of Spanish locals and a sprinkling of Americans. For years, I have been confused as to why it surprises people to hear Quinn and I when speaking English to each other, but I can’t help but find myself surprised to hear German, Russian, and especially Italian here in Spain.

No matter how hard I try, I will never figure out how those Instagram influencers do it! I will keep trying to get a picture with the beautiful flowers though. Quinn has a number of videos of my attempting to get the right angle. You can message him if you want them.

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There are always little surprises driving around Europe. This time we found a ship and castle built by a Spanish doctor in celebration of the “discovery” of America, where he lived for a portion of his life. Very interesting little spot that he built himself, by hand, which included many symbolic sculptures and touches, many of which were explained with QR codes. I won’t try and get into the politics of this here, just some pictures to get a feeling for the site.

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Here are some photos from a planned stop which included a butterfly garden and a Buddhist temple. The butterfly garden had a surprise marsupial. There were SO many butterflies. It was magical.

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