Word of the day: Sun. Finally, the “sol” part of Costa del Sol decided to make an appearance. This is, of course, after Michelle and I threw out our old shoes and purchased rain boots in Ronda the day before. It’s still windy making the 55 degree day colder than either of us packed for. I’ve already recycled the three, yet thin sweaters I packed and 3 of the 5 pairs of shoes have gone untouched. Thankfully, we have a washing machine.
Yesterday’s adventures through the Spanish mountains and downpours left us both wiped out. Today, we opted to sleep in and have a slow day. This meant a 15 minute drive to Estepona where we could walk the full city without any concern we’d get lost. A bustling little coastal town where cafes lined the streets and locals relax while sipping their cappuccinos.
Four days without a WiFi connection, I’m beginning to experience withdrawal as I roamed Estepona with my iPhone in hand for any signal to guide me back to my digital life. I take a moment to look up so not to bump into locals on the street, I looked up to see a cafe with a sign in the window “WiFi.” Finally, I thought. At closer inspection, the cafe was closed. My hopes immediately dashed. Sorry, folks you’ll have wait a little longer for another Facebook status update, I conceded.
We kept wandering in and out of the commercial and residential district until we discovered the beach boardwalk, where we the warmth of the Mediterranean sunlight sparkled over the sea. After a walk on the beach, we stopped at a local bar that overlooked the sea where we parked for our obligatory siesta. This time we mixed it up and instead of the $2.00 Tinto, we opted for cerveza with a side of olives. The wind whipping through the flag and the tents that covered the bar was overlooked as there was finally sun warming our feet and hearts. This is what we had come to Spain for.