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Note to self: No matter how cost-effective ~ do NOT book a 7 am flight out of Gatwick on a Sunday morning. Since we don’t have a car in London, we rely on public transportation. On Sundays, the trains don’t run as early as during the weekdays. The 5am train was packed and we got to Gatwick with only 1 hour and 20 minutes before the flight was scheduled to take off.  Not much time to check a bag and get through security.  Thankfully, we made it to the gate before they closed the doors. Confession: we did cut in line at security.

All the travel stress melted away when we landed in Malaga ~ it was a balmy 21° (68° F) and sunny! Oh, how I’ve missed you Vitamin D. Logan and I checked-in at the hotel and promptly got into the Spanish culture by taking a 2 hour siesta.

From our hotel, we walked about 10 minutes to the town center and came upon the end of Malaga’s Carnival celebration. It’s a beautiful town and we only heard one other English-speaking couple. This area is a bastion for British visitors but my understanding is most go to the beach resorts just outside of town. Logan and I preferred to get a little more into the Spanish culture and practice our Spanish (such that it is) so we opted for a stay in Malaga.

Fountain in Malaga

Fountain in Malaga

Glimpse of the Cathedral in Malaga

Glimpse of the Cathedral in Malaga

Carnaval in Malaga 2013

Carnival in Malaga 2013

Logan in Malaga

Logan in Malaga

Statue at PLaza de la Mercer

Statue at PLaza de la Merced

Malaga Carnaval decorations

Malaga Carnival decorations

We decided to eat dinner at “La Lechuga” ~ a place called The Lettuce seemed like a good start for a couple of vegetarians. It’s located at Plaza de la Merced ~ birthplace of Picasso. La Lechuga was a great choice ~ very yummy! And not for just veggies, there were chicken, duck and other animals on the menu.

Mozzarella and tomato salad

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Train Tickets to Gatwick Airport: √
Easy Jet Tickets to Málaga, Spain: √
Hotel in Málaga: √
Euros in my purse: √

Living in London for a year already makes me feel like I’m on a vacation so I find it odd to plan another trip. I did manage to get the basics done for my first trip to Spain, which starts tomorrow, but I’ve done very little no planning for once we’re there. This is a first for me as I’m not a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of girl. In fact, I usually have a detailed, typed itinerary to include the cheapest places to park.

I do know I want to take a day trip to see The Alhambra and spend a day at the beach (we’re forecasted for one sunny day).  That leaves three other days to explore. Any suggestions from those who’ve been there will be much appreciated.

Meanwhile back in London, it’s been an eventful week. Went to Westminster Abbey for a guided tour. The tour started at 11am and it was already way too crowded. I would recommend getting there when it opens. Despite the crowds, it was well worth the visit. The Abbey is AMAZING and has so much history to it. Unfortunately, no photography allowed inside.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Oldest Door in the UK (Westminster Abbey) circa 1050s

Oldest Door in the UK (Westminster Abbey) circa 1050s

Battle of Britain Monument ~ near Westminster

Battle of Britain Monument ~ near Westminster

London Eye on a sunny London day

London Eye on a sunny London day

On Wednesday, I joined 87,452 football fans to watch the England v. Brazil match. My first professional football match. What fun ~ cold, but fun! I was impressed with the crowd control at Wembley Stadium and there was only one time I felt claustrophobic (when we were heading back to the train). Logan and I are ready to go again but would like to see a Real Madrid match.

English Flag made by the fans

English Flag made by the fans

England v. Brazil ~ start of the match

England v. Brazil ~ start of the match

Yesterday, John went to the half off theater stand and got “We Will Rock You” tickets for £25. We enjoyed the show and the lead singer (the Dreamer) was outstanding. If you’re flexible and can purchase your tickets the day of, then there are great bargains to be had. We’re trying to take advantage of the proximity and low costs ~ so many great shows to see!

The Dominion Theater

The Dominion Theater

London’s Chinatown is getting ready for the New Year’s celebration and unfortunately we’re going to miss it but hoping to catch a Fat Tuesday celebration in Málaga.

London's Chinatown getting ready for New Year celebrations.

London’s Chinatown getting ready for New Year celebrations.

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