Two At Large in Spain 2006-7

January 7th

Sayalonga, five minutes in Torremolinos and back to Nottingham


Our final day dawned with yet another brilliantly sunny morning, to make the contrast with the murk of Nottingham even more miserable!

We left our temporary homed headed down the road to Sayalonga, where we visited the famous "circular" cemetery (it's actually a sort of polygonal shape). Here the dead are shoved into above-ground, cemented-up cells, so that the cemetery slowly grows upwards, a bit like a honeycomb. It's a slightly weird place, where you feel the looming presence of the dead more than a good old wormy British below-ground cemetery where everyone is tucked away six foot down! It is emphasised by the photographs of the enclosed deceased on many of the grave-niches.

We wandered around this interesting little village, sadly without locating the metal-working site I'd wanted to see and also missed, I discovered later, its narrowest street (just 56cm). Ho hum. A good reason to go back. At one point we entered a square in which stood a dozen old men, who immediately broke off their conversations and stared at us silently.

Next we headed towards Malaga, looking to spend the rest of the day lazing about and window shopping. We popped into a couple of uninspiring malls, then ended up in Torremolinos for our picnic lunch. Torremolinos is as unattractive as we'd imagined, but at lest we've now been there to check it out. The assorted denizens of the seaside town strolled, hobbled, jogged, strutted, ran, wiggled and drove their electric wheelchairs past us as we sat on the promenade. The day was warm enough for some sunbathing to be going on behind wind shelters.

Eventually we tired of people-watching and headed for the airport. Our vacation was at an end!

Sayalonga cemetery
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Sayalonga cemetery
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Sayalonga Santa
Sayalonga Santa
sayalonga doorway
Sayalonga doorway
Sayalonga doorway
Ralph's last doorway!

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