Barbate!

As we were waiting for our friend Moritz and his father to arrive in Barbate, we had a couple of days to discover Barbate and this region of Andalucía. The first thing we did, however, was to jump into the waves of the beautiful, and at this time of the year, lonely beach right next to the marina. Real Atlantic waves!!! Having grown up partly at the Atlantic coast, these are the kinds of waves that I really enjoy and that belong to a real ocean. I even forgot that the water was cold…

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Then we went for a hike in the pine forests that lie along the coast of Barbate. Cliffs, sandy soil and the beautiful taste of pine trees made this trip very enjoyable.

At the top of the cliffs…
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Barbate through pine trees…
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Rosemary…
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The next few days we sat out our first winter storm in our well protected marina. Karl, our friend from Almerimar, had arrived only a couple of hours after us in Barbate. We bought a bonito from a neighboring fisher and Karl prepared a feast from it! Then we discussed and revised our medical kit (Karl is a doctor) over a bottle of wine. We made a list of a couple of missing things, but in general he seemed quite satisfied. We had to reveal, however, that we had some professional help in putting everything together… thanks Andrea and Karl – we feel a lot safer this way on Naima!!.

Karl arriving on DAMISA.
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Our bonito, which filled us two nights…
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Medical briefing
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We also had Ogi and Elena, two friends from Switzerland, visiting us for a couple of days. They brought us a “Malaga”, something like a port wine and Swiss chocolate. Heaven on earth. Mmmmm. As they were travelling by car, we used the opportunity to discover the surroundings. We visited the lighthouse of Trafalgar, where the famous general Nelson died in a glorious victory against the combined Spanish and French fleet in 1705. It was raining squids and sharks (‘cats and dogs’ ain’t come from the sky in the middle of the ocean…) and by the time we reached the lighthouse we were all soaked. So we made our way back to the next bar to dry and drink hot chocolate (with a bit of rum that we got for free from the waitress with a twinkle in her eye…). After having dried enough, we celebrated Elena’s birthday with the sacrifice of a humongous squid. Mmmmm we were sooo full…

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Trafalgar
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Ogi and Elena’s beautiful holiday in southern Spain…
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The next day we visited Vejer de la Frontera, a medieval white town on the top of a hill, and the bustling busy port town Cadiz. We also discovered that given the right intonation, some of these city names were ideal for swearing… Vejer de la Frontera! Barrrbaaate!

Vejer de la… got it?
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Cadiz
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With a day left before the arrival of Moritz and his father, we did a couple of boat projects, like fixing our bed, which had broken. Now it has a stronger frame so that taking out stuff from beneath our bed is much easier. Like our folding bikes. Boat projects, Almerimar, we miss you. Sometimes.

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The dog… I mean, the bed. We have re-invented many yoga positions during our boat projects…
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