Tag Archives: Malaga

After

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

After Malaga, there was some question about what to do next. I could go straight to Granada, and still intend to when I return to Spain. But the other option – the option I took – was to go to Tarifa, the southern-most city in Europe, and from there take the ferry to Tangier, in Morocco. So this is the bus ride from Malaga to Tarifa, looking out at Africa, and the Atlas Mountains.

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Looking at Africa.

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Dinner

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Dinner at a fish restaurant in Malaga, accompanied by some sweet Malaga wine.

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I ate this.

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Direct Dialoguing

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Direct Dialoguing is a citizen engagement strategy that resembles canvassing, but without the going house-to-house. Instead, you go person-to-person in a place where there are a lot of people, like a crowded street, and try to engage them in your issue. Mostly, this engagement takes the form of donations, and direct dialoguing has evolved over the last 10 years in mainstream public service organizations as a fundraising strategy, but it can also be used to generate citizen pressure on lawmakers or simply to raise awareness about an issue. In any case, in many large cities now, it is ubiquitous. Here, several direct dialoguers attempted to generate donations for the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.

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Difficult work.

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Tapas

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A subterranean tapas bar:

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Tapas!

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View

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Sadly I didn’t get to see the inside of either of Malaga’s two castles, but the view from the higher one was spectacular. This is the port:

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The port.

And this is a view across the city:

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A view of Malaga.

Some freighters steaming toward Gibraltar, and the Atlantic:

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On their busy way.

And a view of the bullring from far…

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The bullring.

…And near:

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The bullring.

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Exercise

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

In the United States, exercise equipment is usually the purview of private gyms – not so in Europe. In both Malaga and Istanbul I’ve seen public exercise equipment like this, available for anyone to come and use freely.

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Anyone can use it.

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La Playa

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Malaga is on the Costa del Sol – sun coast – and its beaches are one of its many attractions. However when I took my stroll along the beach, I must have appeared strangely out of place – a shirt, cargo shorts, and drawstring backpack may serve well for most tourist attractions, but not on the beach, particularly one where tops were optional for both men and women.

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La Playa

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La Playa

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Hats

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

I have a weakness for hats. So when the guidebook said I should visit this hat shop in Malaga – as an example of a family business handicraft – who was I to refuse?

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The hat store.

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Lodgings

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

My lodgings in Malaga – a private room, which is always nice. With a balcony, which was kind of nice, but which didn’t have much of a view – and in those narrow streets, the sounds of vibrant Spanish conversation, laughter, and arguments echoed and re-echoed until 4 am or later each night.

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The hostel.

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The hostel.

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Cathedral

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The main cathedral in Malaga was constructed between 1528 and 1782, and it’s famous because it’s incomplete – only one of its two spires were finished before the funding ran out, and the other was left as a rump. Here’s a few shots of the place:

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The cathedral.

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The cathedral.

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The cathedral.

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The cathedral.

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The cathedral.

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The cathedral.

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The cathedral.

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The cathedral.

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The cathedral.

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