This week I was out for a fantastic new experience. A day out on a buggy ride in the mountains above Marbella. It was so much fun. Behind Marbella you find a huge nature park called Sierra de La Nieves and it is absolutely breath-taking. My friend owns several fast buggies (1000 cc) that he rents out for track rides. We started behind Nueva Andalucía in La Quinta and from there you can just drive forever amongst wild animals and totally unspoiled nature. We stopped for lunch at the beautiful hidden away Cerro de Hijar Hotel and from there we continued down past Istan village.
We also made a stop at the famous over 1000 year old chestnut tree; Castaño Santo . The tree is 15 metres thick around the trunk and the roots go over 22 metres deep.
All in all an amazing day filled with nature, history and lots of fast fun crazy driving. I can really recommend you to give it a try!
When Davidson was given to me, only 5 weeks old, I could never have imagined how big part of my life he would be. For the past 12 years he has been my one firm point in life. People have come and gone, given me promises and expectations, disappointed me, hurt me and continue their lives but he has always been there. My little shadow. Wherever we are, even home, he still want to be able to see me and all is fine. He will limp after me to the bath room and sit on the bathroom carpet and wait for me. He comes along to the gym, and lies on his blanket, watching over me. If I disappear behind a pillar and he loses sight of me, the crying starts. My every day starts with his morning walk and ends with his night walk.
He has had quite a few health issues over the years but we have pulled through them all. He is so strong. He never complains. He is so kind. Everybody loves him. He has this charisma that I never saw in a dog before. People come up to us everywhere and just want to know him. The kids call him Scooby Doo 🙂
Now that he is weak and old, he still only cares about me. He tries his very best to keep me happy and his heart is still so strong. I look at him and his tail is wagging. It is painful. Who am I to decide between life and death. How will I be able to know what to do and when. Two more vet visits today, and what will be the outcome. I can see he trusts whatever decision I make. He is entirely in my hands. I want what is best for him. This is a shit position to be in but I must be strong, for Davidson, my best friend and the closest I have to a child. I owe him that. I just wonder, how do you prepare yourself. How will anything be normal again.
After the recent rain flooding here, I really thought I had seen it all haha…well, wroooong! Last night at about 8pm, a snow flake suddenly pops up on my dash board and the thermometer goes down to 3,5 degrees Celsius. For being Marbella, it was freezing! As I got home it had started snowing over La Concha mountain and all Malaga harbour and beach was covered in snow by midnight. This morning like every week day, my alarm rang at 6.15 and as I went to the gym it was pitch black but driving back home the sunrise gave me a big surprise as you can see on these photos and the video. Beautiful but definitely not our regular January weather! Luckily by Saturday the sun is back again 🙂 and all keen skiers will have a great time in Sierra Nevada !!
Apart from eating loads of Christmas food, we have had time for some beautiful morning power walks along the promenade between Puerto Banus and Marbella and also to San Pedro. It is the best way to start the morning. It is so peaceful and the sunrise over the Mediterranean is mesmerizing. We get time for some girls talk while burning off the Christmas food and there are so many fitness exercises that can be done along the way. The best cardio for fat burning is to power walk. It is much better than running! Once warmed up by with the power walk and fresh mind, I continue to Panatta Gym for my daily gym routine. It has been a lovely 2 weeks of holiday with family and sporting activities to enjoy! Today I am back at work again, hungry to sell some properties:-) but I will keep my beach walks to my weekend activities 🙂
In October every year we enjoy the feria of San Pedro de Alcántara. It is a big event with both parades, fun fair rides and many restaurants and party tents. It is the time for the Spanish women to bring out their flamenco dresses and dance the sevillana along the streets. You see so many colorful dresses of all shapes and forms and even many the small girls are beautifully dressed up. One day a huge parade with orchestra, voluntary scouts and horses take place through the streets of town. If you enjoy a bit of culture this is an event worth visiting. This year me and my girlfriend got our flamenco dresses out and visited one of the nice tents with Spanish music, enjoyed some Spanish tapas while admiring the beautiful dresses on display. On previous years I have joined the parade on my horse Tango, equally fun 🙂
There is one thing I really miss from Sweden, the nature. Yes, it is amazing to go for a walk or a ride along the beach in Marbella but to get out in the forests of the northern countries, that is really wow. I never appreciated it when I lived there. I have climbed La Concha mountain here in Marbella twice and it is really something I recommend you to do! It’s a nice hike and not to hard so most people can get all the way to the top and enjoy the view of the Costa del Sol. Last weekend I went for the second time to the Bavarian Alps and we climbed the peak Jenner in Königsee. It is 1871 meters high. We also went on a boat trip on the lake. The nature was completely mesmerizing, like in a fairy tale. Check out some of the hundreds of photos I took!!!