|Cafe's everywhere. This one overlooks the beach, post workout.|
I like so many things about Spain, specifically, the Costa del Sol where I live. I suppose you could call this a gratitude post in honor of Thanksgiving. What things are you grateful for in the town you live? If you were to move there all over again, what would you notice? Here is what I like about my locality.
|Cafe in Parque del Sol in the Costa del Sol (Park of the Sun in the Coast of the Sun)|
2. When I get to the "gym" early, I get to see the sunrise. At least 3-4 mornings a week, I leave before anyone else wakes up and run, walk, and/or do yoga near the beach. I can feel the anticipation as the water comes in view and the sky is just starting to lighten. It feels like a gift every time. I pray, listen to worship music, and feel in awe of a God who creates such beauty every single morning.
|I love this view first thing in the morning.|
|View from my yoga mat.|
3. There are many beautiful fountains and statues. Literally, art is everywhere. There is an appreciation for beauty here that permeates every part of life.
|Fountain in Parque de Malaga|
|Fountain we see each time we walk to church|
4. Here, you don't pay anything to dry your clothes. The sun does it for free. Some apartments have terraces, but the ones that don't, well, you just kind of lean out the window to hang your laundry, and hope you don't drop anything.
|The clothesline at one of the apartments we stayed at|
5. Why am I so pleased about the trash system here? I have no idea. But along sidewalks every 2-3 blocks are various chutes for organic trash, plastic, metal, paper, and glass. There is no set trash day. You just bring your bag of trash or recycling whenever it's convenient and drop them in one of these chutes. It's picked up at night. No smelly trash can to lug to the alley.
|Trash/Recycling system along the sidewalk|
6. The food. Oh, the food. Super fresh vegetables and fruits that we can get right around the corner. Meats and cheeses of the finest quality. Delicious olives, and olive oil that I pour on half of what I eat. Conserves of tuna and anchovies. Wine for under $5 a bottle. And even sourdough bread.
|My everyday salad|
My Daily Salad
A few leaves of good, crisp lettuce, chopped
3-4 anchovies, diced
A matchbox size of blue cheese, crumbled
1/4-1/2 avocado (depending on the size of it) diced
Really good olive oil
Sprinkle of flaky sea salt (I like Maldon)
Optional items to surround your salad:
-Any veggies you like that don't quite go well inside your salad (for example, I find carrots a bit too crunchy to be right in the salad, but I like them on the side)
- Sardines, lunch meat, leftover dinner meat, smoked salmon, etc.
- A bit of bread with butter and cheese (my favorite)
Build your salad. Start with the washed, chopped greens. Add the anchovies and blue cheese (or whatever pungent toppings you like). Top with avocado, sea salt, and lots of good olive oil. Then, add the extras to the perimeter of your plate. Have some lemon water and feel happy.