Monday, January 30, 2017

A Day in Ronda

With Mike feeling mostly better and the weather forecast for Berlin looking mostly miserable for the next week, we knew we had to do something.  Luckily, we had planned a trip to southern Spain fro this week, knowing that we'd probably want some reprieve.  When we got the mono diagnosis, we weren't sure what our travel would look like, but he seems to be doing a lot better and able to handle an adventure or two a day, so we decided to keep our plans and boarded a plane this morning to Spain.

We arrived in Malaga around 11:00, picked up the rental car and drove an hour and half to Ronda.  We started listening to The Sun Also Rises by Hemmingway on our drives because southern Spain was a favorite of his.  The drive through the southern Spanish countryside is beautiful, with lots of hills, green grass and little pop up towns that add to the ambiance.

We pulled in to our hotel around 1:00, dropped off our bags and headed out for lunch. We stopped at the first restaurant we saw since we were both starving.  While it wasn't the most exciting culinary experience we've ever had, it satiated us and was quick and cheap.  We made our way into town, where our first stop was the bull fighting arena.  Bull fighting season doesn't pick up until mid-March, so we were a little early for that, but you can still go in the arena and take a look.  It's pretty cool, even if there aren't any bulls! We didn't do the audioguide, but it may be worth it since there aren't any signs or information around.

Aren't these steps beautiful?

We weren't at the bull fighting arena very long, so we had lots of time to wander around the little town of Ronda.  One of the major sites is a bridge that connects the two sides of a gorge.  The views were absolutely breathtaking.

We walked around for about an hour, soaking up the warm weather and rays of sun before heading back to our hotel for a siesta.  Between my pregnant self and Mike's mono, we don't last too long.  Add in a 5:00am wake up and we were pretty exhausted.  I'm sure this trip will be a little lighter, but that's okay.  Everyone can appreciate a good siesta!

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