Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bad Little Boys And Girls

San Geraldo, Judyshannonstreetwhat, and I were in Málaga for New Year's Eve Eve (that's December 30). We stopped at the department store El Corte Inglés to pick up a few things. What were we thinking? Traditionally in Spain, the big day for exchanging gifts is Día de Los Reyes (Three Kings Day), which is Epiphany and doesn't come until 6 January. So, shopping is even more frenzied and there are after-Christmas Day sales adding to the excitement. We escaped the store and the crowds sledding and ice skating in technologically frozen wonders.

LA ALAMEDA PRINCIPAL (THE MAIN BOULEVARD). MAGICAL.

Within 10 minutes (that seemed like 10 hours) we had made it to the center of the old city and Judy was able to take in the lights for the first time. We had dinner at a restaurant called Gorki. So-so service, uncomfortable seating, and not much atmosphere. At least the food was good, but we won't be going back. We then headed to La Tetería, the tea shop we discovered with Kristina on Calle San Agustín. San Geraldo and I had coffee and "muerte por chocolate" (death by chocolate) cake. Judy had a delicious chocolate tart topped with little cookies. It's my new favorite place (even if no baked good can ever compare to what San Geraldo bakes).

NOT THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM... WE WERE BEING MOONED.
NANOOK OF THE NORTH (AKA SAN GERALDO)
TEMPERATURE WAS 11C/51F.  WE WERE FREEZING.
JOSEPH'S BACK.
STREET PERFORMERS OR SANTA'S COAL DELIVERY GUYS.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE IN YOUR STOCKING?

A 20-second clip of what happened after San Geraldo dropped some coins in the coal skuttle.
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And what has been playing in my head ever since...



San Geraldo is cooking dinner and we'll then head over to Plaza de la Constitución to ring in the new year and eat our twelve grapes for good luck.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year!

22 comments:

  1. So I have to ask ... red underwear?
    ¡Prospero año nuevo, Feliz 2015!

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  2. Mitchell, eating 12 grapes is great tradition. I have heard about it in Polish radio. Have peaceful , wonderful and healthy 2015.

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    1. Gosia:
      I am so far behind! 23 days later and I'm just replying. I hope January is treating you well!

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  3. Those street performers are just weird - and scary. Rather like Devo - not to mention S.G. If he keeps his hood up when entering stores I bet they think he's trying to avoid being identified on CCTVs prior to attempting to stuff his pockets.I hope for both your sakes the temps don't get any nearer to freezing point. How could you possibly survive?

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    1. Ray:
      San Geraldo lowers his hood when he shops. The temps have been going down below 10C at night recently! It's ridiculous!!!

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  4. Whats up with Joseph's hairy pink back? :) Happy New Year!

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I think it was one of Liberace's feathered capes.

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  5. This 'Nanook of the north' wishes it was 15C here!! lol
    Great Street performers! Death by chocolate....YUM!
    Quite magical looking there!
    happy New Year guys!!

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    1. Jim:
      I loved those street performers. My first coal miners! You should see how bundled up San Geraldo has been getting lately. Down below 10C at night?!? Four layers under his winter coat. Long underwear. Scarf. Gloves. Hat. Hood. And my toes have been cold! Can't wait for this Arctic cold to pass!

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  6. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year

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    1. HK:
      Thanks so much. Hope all is well in your world. Tell Katy Perry that Michi says hi.

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  7. May 2015 be fabulous for you all!

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  8. I drank a bit of red wine, and it was probably at least twelve grapes so ...... ?
    All good!

    HNY Mitch!

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    1. Bob:
      Everyone has their own rules. But I do think you should have to drink 12 glasses to make it legitimate.

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  9. Your blog is always so full of fabulous photos! Can't wait to see more about this year's Día de los reyes celebrations!

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    1. Judy:
      If you can make use of anything for your classes, I would be honored!

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  10. I am glad you survived the muerte por chocolate, Mitchell, and were able to ring in the new year with a dozen grapes.

    Much love for a great 2015.

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    1. Robyn:
      So glad we discovered each other this year! San Geraldo will be making his three-layer chocolate cake next week. Even you might overdose on this one!

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  11. I LOVE the idea of eating grapes for good luck. Bing always insists that we eat black eyed peas, which I DETEST. I'm switching!

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    1. Maria:
      Ew. Grapes or black-eyed peas? No contest!

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