A spontaneous trip to Málaga

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Beáta and I at the Port of Málaga.

Min veninde Beáta og jeg tog i weekenden på en spontan tur fra Almería til Málaga. ESN (Erasmus Student Network) plejer at planlægge ture for os i weekenderne, men denne weekends tur til Granada blev udskudt. Vi vil gerne se mest muligt mens vi er her, så vi måtte hurtigt finde på noget andet. Vi valgte budget-løsninger, da vi gerne ville gøre det så billigt som muligt og det endte med at blive en super fed oplevelse.

This weekend my friend Beáta and I went for a spontaneous trip from Almería to Málaga. Usually ESN (Erasmus Student Network) plans trips for us in the weekends, but unfortunately the trip to Granada this weekend was postponed. We want to explore as much of Spain as possible, while we are here, so we really wanted to do something. We chose the cheap way to go to Málaga and had an amazing trip!

BLABLACAR
Jeg har brugt Blablacar.es og Blablacar.com en del til at rejse rundt i Spanien, da offentlig transport er ufattelig langsom her i Andalusien. Jeg har kun haft gode oplevelser med Blablacar og chaufførerne har også været søde til at sætte mig af meget tæt på hvor jeg skulle hen. Fordelen ved den spanske version af siden er at der er langt flere ture at vælge imellem. Da mange spaniere ikke taler særlig godt engelsk er det selvfølgelig en fordel at kunne en smule spansk. På den spanske side betaler man online når man reserverer de pladser, som man ønsker. Man får herefter en kode på SMS, som chaufføren skal bruge for at modtage pengene. Denne kode giver man til chaufføren når man er nået frem til destinationen. På den engelske side betaler man kontant når man er nået frem.

Jeg er stor fan af denne måde at komme rundt på, da jeg under turen har mulighed for at øve at tale spansk, men det er dog ikke et krav at snakke meget med chaufføren. Under turen til Málaga kørte vi med en kvindelig chauffør og en anden kvinde, som snakkede en del, mens min veninde og jeg sad bagved og sov grundet grumme tømmermænd fra dagen før. Chaufføren skulle egentlig ikke ind i indre by i Málaga, men kørte os derind for € 2 ekstra pr. person. På vejen tilbage til Almería kørte vi med en mandlig chauffør, hans baby, hans to hunde og en anden mand. Dette var lidt mere trængt, men hundene var i bagagerummet, så det var fint nok. Begge ture var ca. 1,5 time hurtigere end hvis vi havde taget bussen som også er dyrere. Med Blablacar koster det ca. € 23 euro tur-retur Almería-Málaga for en person inklusiv administrationsgebyr, men hver chauffør sætter prisen, som de vil.

I used Blablacar.es and Blablacar.com a lot since I came to Spain, because public transport is really slow in Andalucia and more expensive also. I only had good experiences using Blablacar and the drivers I went with were really nice and always dropped me of really near where I was headed. The Spanish version of the website has a big advantage because there are many more drivers offering trips. It’s definitely easiest to go by Blablacar if you speak a bit Spanish. On the Spanish site you pay online, when you reserve your seat(s). Afterwards you will receive a code, which the driver needs to get paid. You should give the code when you arrived to your destination. On the English site you pay by cash when you arrived to the destination.

I really like this way of getting from A to B, because this way I have the opportunity to practice my Spanish – but you don’t have to talk with the driver if you don’t feel like it. On our way to Málaga we shared the car with a female driver and another woman. We slept the whole trip, because we both had a massive hangover. The driver was not supposed to go to the center of Málaga but brought us there anyways for € 2 extra per person. On our way back we shared the car with a male driver, his baby, his two dogs and another man. This was a little less comfortable, but the dogs were in the back with our luggage, so it wasn’t that bad. Both trips took around 2,5 hours, which is 1,5 hours faster than going by bus, which also costs more. We paid approximately € 23 for both ways per person included fees, but each driver sets his own price.

AIRBNB
Hvis du endnu ikke kender Airbnb.com, så er det tid til at tjekke det ud! Det går ud på at leje sig ind i folks lejligheder over hele verden. Man kan selv tilpasse prisniveauet, så man kan både leje sig ind i lækre lejligheder og billige værelser, hvor man deler bad og køkken med værterne, som vi gjorde. Vi lejede et privat værelse (se her) med dobbeltseng og fransk altan hos Alfonso og Celia. Celia var ikke hjemme, så vi mødte kun Alfonso og deres hund Uno. Jeg var vild med Uno! Han er en skøn hund. Da vi ankom til Málaga kom Alfonso og hentede os på pladsen ved lejgliheden og viste os, hvordan alting fungerede. Han var meget hjælpsom, havde kort klar til os og fortalte os meget om Málaga. Der var ingen problemer med at dele badeværelse (vi kunne komme til når vi ville) og vi måtte bruge hele lejligheden, så meget, som vi ville. Jeg fik endda lov til at låne deres computer en aften. Vi følte os virkelig hjemme. Vi talte meget sammen når vi var hjemme i lejligheden og havde det super hyggeligt hos ham. Vi talte kun spansk med Alfonso, men han kan også engelsk. Lejligheden ligger meget centralt og man kan gå alle steder hen. Det blev 551 kr. for to nætter for to personer. Vi vil begge gerne bo hos Alfonso og Celia igen, hvis vi skal til Málaga en anden gang.

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A cute message for us in the bathroom.

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Uno, my new playmate! Such a cutie.

If you don’t know about Airbnb.com yet, it’s time to check it out! It’s a website that helps you find cheap accommodation all over the world. You decide the price range, so you can both rent amazing apartments or just a cheap room, where you share the bathroom and kitchen with the hosts. The latter was how we chose to do it and it worked out really well. I think it is really interesting to speak with people that lives in the city that I’m visiting.

We rented a private room (see it here) with a double bed and a french balcony hosted by Alfonso og Celia. Celia wasn’t home, so we only met Alfonso and their dog Uno. I loved Uno! Such a cute and playful dog. When we arrived to Málaga Alfonso came to meet us on the square by the apartment and showed us how everything worked. He was really helpful, had a map ready for us and told us a lot about Málaga. We didn’t have any problems with sharing the bathroom (no waiting to use it or anything) and we could use the whole apartment as we liked. I was even allowed to use their computer one night. He really made us feel like home. We talked a lot when we were “home” and had a really nice time there. We only spoke Spanish with Alfonso, but he also speaks English. The apartment has a perfect location in the city and you can walk to everywhere from there. We paid 551 DKK/€ 74 for two nights for two persons. We would both stay in the apartment of Alfonso and Celia again, if we visit Málaga once more in the future.

MARBELLA
Vi tog et smut forbi Marbella om lørdagen, som både Beáta og jeg havde hørt meget godt om. Byen ligger 60 km udenfor Málaga og på vejen derhen fangede vi en direkte bus, så turen kun tog 45 minutter. På vej tilbage tog det 90 minutter. Billetterne koster underligt nok ikke det samme til alle afgange og det kommer ikke kun an på om bussen kører direkte eller ej. Turen ud kostede € 6.49 og turen tilbage € 6.24, men vi så også en tur til € 8.49, så det svinger lidt.

Vi var ikke imponerede over stranden i Marbella, men vi kunne alligevel ikke have badet, da det var køligt. Byen tilgengæld kunne vi rigtig godt lide. Gaderne er smalle og der er sindssygt hyggeligt! Vi gik og nød stemningen og fik churros med varm chokolade på en lille hyggelig plads i byen. Vi synes at det var værd at tage til Marbella.

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Parque de Alameda.
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We made a small trip to Marbella as well, because we heard a lot of good things about it. The city is located 60 km outside Málaga and on our way there we took a direct bus, so it only took 45 minutes to get there. On our way back it took 90 minutes. The tickets for the busses are kind of weirdly priced and it doesn’t only depend on if it’s a direct bus or not. Trip to Marbella was € 6.49 and back to Málaga it was € 6.24, but there were also departures for € 8.49.

We didn’t like the beach in Marbella that much, but the weather wasn’t good, so we couldn’t go to swim anyways. The city we liked a lot, though! The narrow streets are really cute and the atmosphere in the city is great. We just enjoyed walking around and we had churros with hot chocolate on a cosy little square. We think it was worth going to Marbella.

MÁLAGA
Både Beáta og jeg var vilde med Málaga til trods for at stedet er meget turistet – vi mødte blandt andet mange danskere. Málaga er en rigtig storby, som har alt: lækre strande, havn fyldt med luksus både, historie, spændende seværdigheder og masser af shoppingmuligheder. Vi shoppede efter turen til Marbella og var blandt andet i El Corte Inglés, som er den spanske version af Illum og Magasin. Af seværdigheder kunne vi kunne særligt godt lide Katedralen, som vi faktisk så en gudstjeneste i fordi det regnede for meget til at vi kunne fortsætte. Senere klarede det op, så vi kunne tage op til Gibralfaro slot. Selve slottet og museet er ikke så spændende, men det er helt klart værd at tage turen derop for udsigten er helt fantastisk. Normalt er der entré men om søndagen efter kl. 14 er det gratis. Så på det punkt var vi lidt heldige at vi blev fanget i Katedralen, haha!

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The Cathedral from the inside.

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Pictures from the Gibralfaro Castle.

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Plaza de la Merced, where we stayed.

Both Beáta and I enjoyed Málaga a lot, even though it is full of tourists, especially danes. Málaga has it all: nice beaches, a harbor with luxury yachts, history, exciting sights and a lot of great stores to shop in! After the trip to Marbella we did some shopping in some malls, for example El Corte Inglés, which is Spains biggest chain of malls. You can spend a lot of money in Málaga on shopping! The last day, sunday, we wanted to do some sightseeing in the center, but the weather was horrible. It was raining a lot so we started the day with a slow breakfast at Dunkin’ Coffee, yummy! Waiting for the rain to stop. It didn’t so we hurried to the Cathedral. It’s absolutely beautiful! We saw the church service and it was really nice. They actually spoke so we could understand most of it (in Andalucia they speak a faster Spanish without pronouncing the end of the words). Later it stopped raining and the sun came out, so we went to see Gibralfaro Castle. The castle itself and the museum isn’t so exciting, but the view over the city is breathtaking. It’s worth the long walk up the hill. Normally you need to pay an entrance fee, but on sundays after 2 pm it’s free.

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Det var en super fed tur og vi er begge rigtig glade for at vi tog afsted! Har I været i Málaga før? :)

It was an amazing trip and we are so happy we went. Have you visited Málaga? :)

xoxo, A.

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