Camino number seven is about to commence. I’ve spent the last couple of days enjoying the company of friends, both walking and socialising, and yesterday I finalised my camino packing and we set off for Málaga. Before my 01:30 bus departure, we visited the Van Gogh Alive experience – ‘a multi-sensory exhibition’ (very enjoyable – see this link) and ate supper at one of the many restaurants lining Málaga’s marina. The 7.5 hour bus journey wasn’t as grim as I had anticipated, with reclining seats and a good driver, I even managed a few hours’ sleep.
The sun played hide and seek behind the clouds and it was alternately deliciously warm and rather chilly, but generally good weather for climbing the innumerable steps up to the Santa Bárbara castle. There are wide views of the city from on high, but my first visit to Alicante did not leave me in awe – there are a few lovely domed rooftops of churches, but largely the buildings are modern and ugly.
We spent most of the day together until I felt the need for a snooze to catch up on lost sleep and once settled I didn’t really fancy going out again so have bunkered down to write this and hopefully have a good night’s sleep.
There were heavy showers here yesterday and today and I am hoping that the forecast is correct for our first day’s walk tomorrow, with dry, but cloudy weather. It’s just a pity that there is a promise of strong winds – definitely not my favourite walking conditions.