Thursday, January 19, 2017

Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow. Snow!

We've had record-breaking cold temperatures here in Fuengirola. The record is since forever or since recent memory depending on who you ask. But we've been here four years and we've never experienced it this cold. And, no, those of you in much colder parts of the world, I'm not looking for sympathy (although it would be nice), I'm just stating the facts.

Beaches in Málaga were covered with snow. People in Mijas Pueblo, less than 15 minutes away in the mountains above us, had snowball fights.

 Click the images to feel the chill (I had to put my hood up).

FROM THE PASEO DURING MORNING COFFEE.
MIJAS PUEBLO, THE WHITE VILLAGE, ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE.
VIEW FROM NEARLY THE TOP OF OUR BUILDING.

The temperatures bottomed out at 4C (39F) a few streets away from us. Mijas Pueblo actually froze (well, we froze, too, but not literally). We're both still taking cold medicine. We're both still not feeling great. San Geraldo never got hit as hard as I did, but he finally got hit. And when it comes to illness, the saintly hunk is not all that tough. I'm pleased to tell you, he has survived.

Below is what I did to get rid of the chill.


SPANISH TORTILLA AND SOPA DE PICADILLO (HASH SOUP)
LUNCH AT MESON  SALVADOR.
THE SOUP HAS IBERIAN HAM, HARD-BOILED EGG, GARBANZO BEANS,
AND MORE. LIKE SALVADOR'S, IT'S THE BEST!

31 comments:

  1. That soup does look like it would be good any time but especially for the sick. You guys made it through the worst of it....good!
    We are waiting for some here.....maybe you got what we were supposed to get!
    It is 4C here today as well and downright balmy!! lol

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    1. Jim:
      Every day, we think we're getting better. Then we crash again.

      I remember our years in the Northeast US. We called a winter day around 40F spring-like! Now, it's an Arctic blast.

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  2. Snow has arrived in the most unusual places this year it seems. Vancouver, B.C. has very cool temps continually this winter. Our friend, Steve who traveled with us to the West Coast in 1979 (he remained there) said the winters haven't been the same since that year. We marveled at the roses blooming, T-shirts and shorts. However that has all gone away. I sure hope your world stays warm for you guys!

    Just doesn't compute.
    Ron

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    1. Ron:
      It's still a beautiful place to be, but it sure does make for some odd news.

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  3. Snow.is everywhere on Europe take.care

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    1. Gosia:
      Your pictures from Sicily were amazing.

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  4. It has been a mild winter here so far. So far. I do wish the Snow Queen would blast us with on huge snow storm.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      I DO love the look of snow and the sound (the quiet) in the city after a heavy snowfall. But I'll take sun and sand any day.

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  5. I have NEVER heard this song before! I'm sure I've seen the movie?? Great :)

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    1. Judy;
      This is my favorite song (along with "Sisters") from the movie. I can't believe you don't remember it. I guess you'll just have to watch the entire movie again (or for the first time).

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  6. More proof that climate change is real.

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    1. Stephen:
      Some dumb senator is making a snowball right now to prove there's no such thing as global warming.

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  7. Finally i now can be smug! About the weather

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  8. Very fortunately we virtually missed the snow with just a couple of light sprinklings that soon vanished from sight. Which is just as well for I am not a lover of the stuff, we have a good stove with a Caframo fan on top which keeps the heat circulating at 24C and aged bones warm :-)

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    1. Heron:
      24C is the temp at which Jerry likes to run our heat. Way too warm for me but your stove would probably be much more comforting than our electric blowers!

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  9. you live in a pretty part of the world - beach AND mountains both at your disposal. both of you get well soon!

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    1. anne marie:
      It is amazingly similar in climate and topography to Southern California. And THEN you start to notice the differences. But we used to love the fact that in San Diego we could drive from the beach to snow-covered mountains and then down into the desert in less than an hour.

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  10. That soup should fix what ails you!
    The snow? Not so much.

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    1. Bob:
      You could imagine how excited everyone was. It was like when we lived in Palm Springs and there was a torrential downpour. All business stopped. Everyone stood at their doors and windows watching the rain. And for the next two days all we heard was, "Did you see the rain?!?"

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  11. Meanwhile, we are continuing to endure a heatwave here in Brisbane! Stay warm boys, just not as warm as us!
    *Rozzie wanders off muttering her thanks for the modern marvel of air conditioning...*

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    1. Rozzie:
      Summer time is there again. A heatwave doesn't sound like fun either. And, oh yes, thanks for air conditioning (and heating)!

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  12. They're predicting it will get up to 4ºC here sometime in the next few days. Right now we're somewhere around -5ºC. What the heck, it's winter.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      My head could use a dunking in some fresh salt water but not in this weather!

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  13. Sounds like snuggling weather, cuddle a bear and stay warm.

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    1. Travel:
      Funny you should mention that. Yesterday morning we decided to do just that. We got all snuggled and power tools (not ours) started going off -- overhead. Our upstairs neighbors decided to restore their marble floors this week. So much for that cuddle.

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  14. No snow for us, but we had our first Sargassum seaweed of the season wash ashore yesterday. We have to remove it before it piles up and starts to stink as it decomposes. Still, I will take it over snow any day. I will be making fish stew today - hope it turns out as nice as your soup!

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    1. Wilma:
      It's so fascinating to consider the seasonal problems and pleasures we experience depending on location. Who would ever think of worrying about Sargassum seaweed? Well, you obviously.

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  15. It's all relative! Yeah 4C isn't so cold here in January BUT we also have lovely central heat and insulation and everything needed to deal with cold, plus we're acclimatized. That sounds bloody cold to me for Spain at any time!!! Hope it warms up soon!

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    1. Knatolee:
      Yeah, it's a lot colder than it sounds when you locate here it on the Mediterranean. Today was gloriously sunny but kind of raw in shade. I told my brother yesterday it was really cold here -- as low as 42F. He said it was kind of nice in Brooklyn -- 44!

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  16. we do not believe this thing called snow.

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