Hola from Espana! (and sorry about the lack of proper accent mark/ squiggly lines above 'n's, I'm writing on an iPad and have no idea how to add in foreign laungage characters).
Finally, I found a spot on the street, parked the car, grabbed my luggage, and just hoofed it around the neighborhood until I found the place where I'm staying. Of course, after checking in I got terribly lost (again) trying to find my actual apartment. But once I was finally in, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have a nice little apartment to live in with plenty of space, plenty of light, a view of the ocean, and, most importantly, a full kitchen(ette)! I've complained a lot about not being able to cook my own food, so this absolutely delights me.
View from my balconyOf course, the kitchen would be better if I could actually find a supermarket. Believe me, I spent the day trying, without luck. I did, however, find a little bodega with a huge selection of fruits and vegetables. So I think I'll just make meals completely comprised of fruits and veggies for a while....not a bad thing at all, especially after the difficulties I had finding healthy food in London. For lunch today, I ate an entire fresh mango while sitting out on my balcony, listening to the waves crash. No complaints (except that I wish mangos were a little easier to slice/ eat, I cannot figure out how to do this efficiently).
My preliminary fruit/veggie haulMarbella itself is lovely, a small town situated in a narrow space between a mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea. I spent today exploring the area, putting in about 4 hours of walking, total. It's a bit of a resort-y town (I am forcing myself to speak only Spanish but I could probably get by speaking English) but retains some Spanish charm, especially once you get away from the beach. The Old Town area around the Plaza de los Naranjos is exactly what I remember of Andalucia from the last time I was in this region....tiny, winding streets so narrow that a person on their balcony can almost touch a person on the balcony accross the street, light-colored buildings covered with vines of flowers, just beautiful.
I don't know much about cars but I'm told Ferrari's are fancy?
And, lucky me, there are three more swim workouts on my schedule for this week. I just got the chills thinking about it.