A Belated “Happy New Year!”
We’ve been on a trip to Spain.
The region we visited is the Costa Del Sol (“coast of the sun”). This area of southern Spain is situated in Andalusia. January isn’t the best time to visit, weather wise. But, there were several reasons we wanted to go – not least because it’s quite a short flight time of two hours and fifty minutes from our local airport.
We haven’t visited the Costa Del Sol for a long, long time – not since our children were very young. This wasn’t a holiday, as such – more a trip to explore the areas along the coastline. You may think I have been watching too many episodes of “A Place in the Sun” which, in truth, is right. We got to know the different areas from that show, especially over the last two years during “Lockdowns”. This gave us some knowledge on where to begin our exploration. Over the years, we have often wondered what it would be like to go and stay in another country for some of the winter months. So, this was our first visit, and we chose to begin our journey in Estepona. We wanted to experience places which weren’t very touristy, but not too remote, as we like a little bit of bustle.
We rented a simple apartment in the Marina area of Estepona. Our aim was to see how the locals live out of the summer season. We intend to make a few more visits to places like this along the southern coastline, and beyond, to see if it’s somewhere we would like to either rent or buy in the next couple of years. We acquired a lot of information on this, our first “reccy”. I will share my honest account of what our first trip was like, soon. But, now that we’re back home, I have been asked by my old place of work to help out, temporarily, which I enjoy doing.
I am also trying to return to my routine of daily exercise. I feel unfit following my Christmas indulgences, coupled with my recent Spanish ones. I know I have put weight on, especially around my middle. So, I have started my daily walking 3-5 times a week around our local Country Park, which I love, once I find my stride. It is well documented that there are psychological benefits to walking. And, it’s a chance to soak up nature, especially when Spring takes hold.
I have got to know one of the Swan families local to us over the last two years. Sometimes, my husband joins me – he usually prefers to hop on his mountain bike and take off for a couple of hours. But, the icy conditions we are currently experiencing don’t always allow for that. I download podcasts for my walk and enjoy listening to various people on “Desert Island Discs”, sharing their life stories. I do have a fascination with how people get from a to b, then c.
When I get back home from my walk, I do some stretching exercises followed by a few weights. I always feel brighter, mentally, when I’m doing my routine. It works for me. I’m not obsessed with how many steps I do, and this is not a daily hike, or I would probably avoid it. I walk for around 45 minutes at a brisk pace. And, if no one’s looking, I sometimes do a little trot which is great for getting the heart beating faster. I’m hoping this will help me lose a few inches and I know it’s great for my mental and physical health. I always feel more upbeat when I’m in my routine.
What I’m Wearing, Right Now
The saying, “Get the wardrobe basics right and everything else follows” is so true. You may remember, in my last post, I mentioned a cape/poncho (no Clint Eastwood jokes, please!!) that I had my eye on. I love the look of this cape. Luckily, the Christmas fairy got wind of it, and, there it was, waiting for me, on Christmas morning.
This winter cape is perfect to throw on over jeans, casual trousers, or a dress. I find that it’s important to know what “not” to wear underneath a cape like this, or it can be simply too much. This cape is a bulkier style so it’s best to wear it with a lightweight blouse, dress, or knitwear like I am wearing, here. Otherwise, you may feel swamped!
As I live in my vegan Chelsea boots, jeans, and leather trousers, this cape has been so invaluable. So, it has joined my list of basics. I wore it a lot in Spain as the evenings were quite cold. It came in very handy and will do so, again, when Spring arrives, which hopefully isn’t too far away.
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