Sunday, February 17

My affair with the sea

The family I am with probably thinks I am a nut ball, and not just for this one reason I am about to present to you, but for a great many reasons I needn't name. It's just that, you see, I love the sea. Did you hear me? I LOVE THE SEA. Seriously folks...
(this is one of my favorite pictures I took all trip!)
This is such a weird picture of me and Gems...but I love it!

I just can't get enough of it. It would be 9 at night and everyone would be gathered around the Tele watching east enders (local soap opera...not to be missed) or some other program, and I would head off to the shore. Even though the weather was slightly less than ideal, being that it was mostly cloudy, windy with a chill, I still sat on the sand watching the tide roll in. There is nothing more calming than the sound of the ocean--of that I am certain! For me, it heals my mind and my soul and my lungs crave the breath that comes from sea air. I spent every spare second on the beach...and I probably act a little bit strange because I get flushed with excitement every time I even think thoughts about going down to the water. And for the record, I am not a fish, amphibian, nor do I have any resemblance or likeness that I am aware of to any water dwelling creature. I just love the sea.

I also really liked these boats...can you tell?
Just a cute little Spanish house I saw today, I love the colors.

Moving on.

Day one started out with the beach. We watched as huge waves crashed against rocks. Trust me, it was way more exciting than it sounds. Because of the less-than-ideal weather I mentioned earlier, they were huge! Here is a short clip of us driving in the car with the water splashing over this 20 something foot wall! It was fantastic!


Day two we drove to Malaga to see the sights...and they were amazing! We hiked a huge hill to the top of the highest point in the city where the castle was. You could see for miles from there, and again...the sea view was incredible. Malaga was a great place to be, and I loved getting to experience it. My love for Spain is growing by the second!

Day three we went to a place called Benahavis. It too was lovely. Though, I found it quite hard to capture any sort of picture that made "sense" if you will. So this day is lacking in picture simply because the mood and the simplicity and grandeur of the place couldn't not be wrestled with my amateur photography skills. So take my word for was great!

Day four was one of my very favorite places. Today I went to Gibraltar! One nice thing about staying where we do is that there are loads of tours that pickup from there and go all over. I was up bright and early and so excited about visiting the British rock of Gibraltar. Usually the tour does a dolphin cruise and a cable car to the top of the rock, but again, the winds were so high that both of those things were canceled. We did, however, take a minibus tour of the rock with our tour guide Phil--and Phil was funny! He made the tour so fun, and I learned a lot too because he was like a fountain of history knowledge and facts just spilling it's guts all over us. The instant we stepped outside the minibus the monkeys came to see what was going on. One of them came over and first thing, stretched her little hand out and tugged on Phil's pant leg. He kinda looked down at her like 'what do you want?' and then ignored her...and she did it again. She did it again and again and again... and finally Phil bent down really low and stuck his finger out and said "How many times do I have to tell you? I am not the father of your children!" and with that the little monkey stared at him for a minute, and then bounced off.


This video shows you the caves I went to, and the video does them no justice whatsoever. I was awe-struck and stunned in every sense of the word. They were amazing, and the trip would have been worth it just to see them! Then, I got to have a monkey stand on my head... yes this cute little monkey pictured below is the very one that took a bribe from Phil to stand on my head, then when he didn't get his peanut started trying to open my backpack--which is what is going on in the last picture. I did mention that the wind was blowing so hard that the cable car was shut, and this picture I took of myself by the sea shows just how intense the wind was there. I watched as it
literally blew someone right over, and it nearly had me! Going to the gym has paid off you see...thighs of steel...thighs of steel...I didn't get knocked over. When we finally started heading back down to the bottom of the rock to finish our tour we were all looking out the windows at the impressive views when, after about 10 minutes of driving at roughly 40 miles an hour, a monkey dove off the roof of the minibus. It was one of the oddest things I have ever seen! We were right by a cliff when it happened too, and this little guy just hurled himself off the car...I sure hope he caught on to something!

And in a very small nutshell... that was my day at Gibraltar!

Day five was more of a relaxing day. We went to another place by the sea... therefore I took more pictures of the sea. It was so beautiful, and even though it was a cloudy day the ocean was still blue as ever!

Day six we went to the Fuenguella Zoo, which in all honesty I wasn't too excited about until I actually saw the place. I have to say that I think it is the best zoo I have ever been to. Here are some pictures.

They had a little island with Lemurs on them and they just jump around you...its so cool!

Today we were extremely lucky because, all of the sudden the skies cleared and the wind stopped and the sun came out to shine for a day. In light of the sudden stroke of luck in the weather, we decided to go out for some food by the sea.

All in all it was a great trip! I had a really nice time and had some unforgettable experiences! I will possibly post some videos a little bit later because I took loads of video and even more pictures! It's getting late and that's all I have for now.

And to answer a question the camera I use is a Panasonic Lumix TZ1...and I didn't take that picture on my last blog because I didn't have my computer access to the internet to upload my own pictures. Thanks for the compliment though!

Monday, February 11


Hola to to you my bleeders, this will be a quick post because I have exactly 7 minutes left on the pay-point computer. As some of you know, I am in (not-so-sunny) Spain right now! It is aboslutly fantastic, and I really look forward to sharing some of my pictures with you when I get home. We flew in to Malaga on Saturday, and just spent the day relaxing and getting settled in. Yesterday, we drove around to several beaches, and the sea was the best I have ever seen! The waves were huge, sometimes about 20 plus feet high! If you guessed that my camera was clicking non stop you would be correct. Anyways, today has just begun and I am excited to see what it brings! I probably won´t post for the rest of the week, but I will write about it when I get back! Love you all---

Sunday, February 3


As everyone is well aware, we mourned the death of our beloved prophet Gordon B. Hinckley this past week. I feel a great deal of loss, and any words I might put down seem almost inadequate, so I decided to make a video. This is my tribute to an extraordinary man, who will live on in our hearts and our minds, and whose words will forever inspire us to stand a little taller.

If you watch it, I hope you like it.


Friday, February 1


With Sarah and Terry out of town, and Callum spending the night at a friends house, it was a perfect night for a GNO--thats Girls Night Out...something I learned while watching The Office. Gems and I started out by making our favorite cookies, which are a combination of my "secret" recipe and Cadburry caramel bars. They are the best cookies I have ever tasted in my life, which is why I try not to make them very often...if you know what I mean. But tonight was special, because everybody knows you can't have a GNO without cookies. You also can't have a GNO without a movie--so we ticked that box with a little trip to the cinema to see Penelope. I have to admit I had my reservations about this film, but all of those were gone by the end of the movie when I was hugging my legs, cookie in hand, and sighing as little hearts went floating around my head. Yes, it was that good. For those of you who haven't seen a preview or heard of the movie, it is about a girl who is born with a pig nose, and has to try and find a prince to fall in love with her to break the curse of the piggy-ness. We even took this picture so we could be like Penelope and have a prince come and want us.
Isn't this so attractive? What prince wouldn't want some of this? We had such a good time at the movie, and afterwards we grabbed some food and headed home to watch American Idol and make a camp in the playroom where we will sleep tonight. It has been such a long time since I had a girls night out, tonight was just what the doctor ordered! So if anybody hasn't seen Penelope, I highly recommend it--but don't forget to sneak in some home made cookies...they make it even better!