A Portion of the Spanish Atlantic Coast

Sunset in El Palmar, Spain
Sunset in El Palmar

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Last October when my parents were visiting, we jumped in a car and headed west.  All the way to Spain’s most south-western coast along the Atlantic.  We only had a long weekend and it certainly wasn’t long enough to take in all of charming Cádiz or the expansive, *sand* beaches along the coast.

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Late dinners in the glow of a Cádiz night.
The seafood market in Cádiz is one of the best I've seen.
The seafood market in Cádiz is one of the best I’ve seen (Mercado Central de Abastos)
Dusty bar in the old town.
Dusty bar in the old town.
45 minute drive south from Cádiz is a little beach village of El Palmar – known for good beginner surfing lessons. A little too cold for my liking.
45 minute drive south from Cádiz is a little beach village of El Palmar – known for good beginner surfing lessons. A little too cold for my liking.
Didn't stop the boys, however.
Didn’t stop the boys, though.
Just 20 minutes inland is the charming town of Vejer de la Frontera.
Just 20 minutes inland is the hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera.
Landscapes of green, rolling hills.
With landscape views of the surrounding green, rolling hills.
Lunch in the must-visit Plaza de España in Vejer.
Lunch in the must-visit Plaza de España in Vejer.

Fountain focal point in Plaza de España.

Africa as seen from Tarifa across the Strait of Gibraltar.
Africa as seen from Tarifa across the Strait of Gibraltar.

10 thoughts on “A Portion of the Spanish Atlantic Coast”

    1. Andalusia is great and so diverse.

      By the way, we may be in Sevilla toward the end of June. Will reach out to you separately once we have a better plan in place to see if you (and Ryan) will be around for a tapa or two.

  1. Looks like a nice side trip from Granada!

    I like the “Late dinners in the glow of a Cádiz night.” photo. Did you notice those two girls standing with hands on hips? Was that a reaction to something your two boys did? 🙂

  2. Just wow – how cool! I can’t even imagine the experiences your family is having right now! I was glad to read that you are staying another year because it means more living vicariously through your photos.. 😀

    Long question: After almost a year being immersed in a new culture and language, how is everyone’s Spanish coming along? Your boys? When I was real young, the foundry my father worked at employed many Hispanic workers, and I remember having some understanding of the language because he’d take us cuties (my sister and I) in regularly and his coworkers loved talking to us in Spanish a lot (okay, yeah, we also knew a lot of bad Spanish words at under 5 years of age…but that’s besides the point!) I keep thinking, “had we only kept on that course, how much more fluent could I be today?” So I’m very curious as to how you and your wife, and your kids are faring, adults compared to kids (coming from someone who is struggling with Rosetta Stone Spanish because I know no Spanish speakers to practice with daily!). Thanks!

    1. Language results are mixed. The boys, immersed at school for hours on end, week by week are in a great place. They have no issues with understanding and seem as proficient as you’d expect a couple of 4th graders given their vocab, etc.

      Us parents, on the other hand, are decidedly behind. We’re light years ahead of where we were when we first arrived, but I’m finding I really need to make an effort to improve. Getting along with day-to-day stuff is easy but having any sort of deeper conversation remains a challenge. We don’t have the discipline to speak Spanish to each other in the house, so we have to go out of our way to practice those kinds of conversations (via intercambios with locals, etc). We do this, but it just doesn’t add up to multiple hours a day which I think you need to really get a hold of a language.

      Another consideration is since I’m not working, I have more free time. The issue is that all my Spanish friends are working so who does that leave me to interact with during the day? Why other expats on sabbaticals who have equal amounts of free time of course – almost all of whom are from English speaking countries 🙂

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