Tuesday, March 31

Semana Santa in Malaga, Tuesday Processions

This year we decided to extend our stay at Costa del Sol till after Easter because we wanted to see the famous Easter processions through the street of Malaga.This Tuesday there were 6 brotherhood presenting their Thrones (floats), but we were satisfied after two.

But first we had to visit some of Malaga´s best Tapas Bars and Restaurants. The above image is from Meson Iberico, where we started with a drink and a tapa before having an early dinner at El Refectories
Both places can be recommended.
I do not know what to write about the processions. I know too little about religious traditions in Spain, and the people I asked about the costumes could not give a good answer in English. Strange.

However, a lot of people was walking through streets of Malaga carrying religious "things" and symbols covered in different colours. The first "Brotherhood" this Tuesday was covered in purple.
Their great throne was of 2.000 kilo and was carried by 140 men. They moved in intervals of about 30 metre. The beauty of the golden throne was impressive.
The second brotherhood was covered in white and carried a huge throne of Virgin Maria.
All these thrones are made of gold and silver and rather spectacular.

If you are interested in more details about the Holly Week of Malaga , see here:
For more than 500 years, Holy Week of Málaga has been constantly present in the religious and popular feeling of people from Málaga. The Holy Week religious celebrations in Málaga are famous countrywide. Processions start on Palm Sunday and continue until Easter Sunday with the most dramatic and solemn on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Images from the Passion on huge ornate "tronos" (floats or thrones) some weighing more than 5.000 kilos and carried by more than 250 members of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, shape the processions that go through the streets with penitents dressed in long purple robes, often with pointed hats, followed by women in black carrying candles. Drums and trumpets play solemn music and occasionally someone spontaneously sings a mournful saeta dedicated to the floats as it makes its way slowly round the streets. The Baroque taste of the religious brotherhoods and associations and the great amount of processional materials that they have been accumulating for centuries result in a street stage of exuberant art, full of color and majesty. Although many brotherhoods have been affected by the burning churches of 1931 and an important part of their heritage were destroyed as the trousseau, imagery, and others during the Spanish Civil War, in the years following it revival was slow but these recovered with much greater numbers. Also in the 1970s Cofradías nuevas began to be formed in the city, and some old brotherhoods, which were forgotten, are reorganized by young people as: Salud, Descendimiento, Monte Calvario and many more others to adapt to the changing times. Every year, the Passion Week in Málaga takes out to the streets a real festival perceptible by the five senses: processional thrones carrying images that sway all along the entire route, thousands of penitents lighting and giving colour with their candles and robes, processional marches, as well as aromas of incense and flowers filling the air as the processions pass by and thousands of people crowded to see and applaud their favorite tronos. Holy Week in Málaga is very different from that celebrated in other Andalusian or Spanish places, and those who go to Málaga for the first time will be surprised, as the Passion Week there is not lived with meditation and silence, but it is full of happiness, noise, cheer, spontaneous saetas (flamenco verses sung at the processions) and applause as the images pass by. Some tronos (floats) of Holy Week of Málaga are so huge that they must be housed in other places different from the churches, as they are taller than the entrance doors: real walking chapels of over 5,000 kilos carried by dozens of bearers. There are also military parades playing processional marches or singing their anthems along the route. All of this does not imply a lack of religiosity (nor the opposite though, since not few of the participants consider themselves lapsed catholics), but it is just the particular way that many people from Málaga live their faith, folkloric gustoes and/or feelings during the Holy Week. One of these military celebrations is that of the Spanish Legion, which parades the image of Christ of the Good Death together with the Legion's own military band and Honor guard on Maundy Thursday, very pouplar among tourists, locals, and military veterans.

Monday, March 30

Sunday lunch in La Cala de Mijas

One of the places along Costa del Sol we until yesterday only had passed by car or bus are La Cala de Mijas. It is located between the limits of Fuengirola to the east, and Marbella to the west.
A small nice town with flowers in the narrow streets outside white houses.
We had lunch with my sister Gerd and brother-in-law Arne at Chiringiuto Arroyo and I can recommend the fish Dorada or Gilt-head bream. Be there in good time before lunch-time on Sundays because there is at lot of people waiting to be seated around two o´clock.

Friday, March 27

BBQ and Beer Festival

 I do not know what to call it, but today we went down town to take part in what I earlier had called an Easter October Festival. Not too many participants, but Scottish music bench boards and pork and beer.
 The ribs were great and the beer even better. The fried pimientos the best.
Here you can see the BBQ where the Chef took good care of the meat. Interesting.

Thursday, March 26

The Sunshine Boys, chilly weather and beer festival

As usual the meeting between Audun and myself has taken place at Costa del Sol. Over a drink or a cup of coffee (and today also a Croissant) we can check out present health conditions and how it is for us heart transplant people to stay weeks and months down here in southern Spain.
We love it.
The chilly weather is documented on the photo above, and even with the open fire at Gali Gali.
We have now been waiting for the sunny and warm weather to be as El Tiempo has promised for several days, and now it is promised again from tomorrow, and the whole Semana Santa plus the remaining days for our stay this spring. We hope the weather forecast for Andalusia can be trusted.
It is spring and even the holy week or Easter coming up, but at the beach it looks like October Festival in southern Germany. Large mugs are ready for those who want to drink beer in one litre glasses. I really do not know why, but am sure that I have to taste it in the coming days.

Wednesday, March 18

A windy day

According to El Tiempo (Spain) and YR (Norway) the weather forecast this week should be bad. Stormy, rainy and with lower temperature than last week. Today should be the worst, but nature is sometimes more to thrust that scientific data analysis in the offices.
 These images show sky, clouds, wind and waves, but we love to be here even if we have to put some jackets on
The beauty of the beaches cannot be covered by bad blogposts. This is why we love being at Costa del Sol.

Sunday, March 15

Fuengirola Myramar - our home in wintertimes

Some people from the northern hemisphere love to travel to southern Spain in the darkest and coldest part of the year. From Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britten and Holland people come together in the months from October to April.
We are not a group that do every things together, but we stay at our favourite appartement hotel in shorter or longer periodes. Some stay half a year, others five to eight weeks during the autumn and/or when the snow and ice make it difficult to stay up north and the spring start its blossom down here.
We all feel that we have a second home here at Costa del Sol.
 The photo above is taken during the Management Luncheon which dir Carlos arrange before some of the guests start returning up north.
On this photo Carlos is together with Lillian (a friend from Lørenskog and Trysil in Norway) and my wife (to the right)

Today the rain is helping the flowers to grow, and the temperature is around 15 degree but the sun has been wonderful during our first fortnight this spring, and we know it will return with its warm rays for the next four weeks:

Friday, March 13

Walking along Fuengirola´s beaches

As part of the continuous rehabilitation process after the last months serious health incidents of a second necrotising fascitt, the legs have to do exercising every day in addition to healing of wound beds on both thighs

Today I walked 10 km (13.200 steps) and passed the new sculpture at the beach several times.

Being here at Costa del Sol is the best rehabilitation area after Sunnaas Hospital and the National Hospital in Norway´s outpatient (poliklinisk) department.

Being here at Costa del Sol is the best rehabilitation area after Sunnaas Hospital and the National Hospital in Norway´s outpatient (poliklinisk) department.

Friday, March 6

Happy birthday, Tullen

My wife through 37 years can celebrate her birthday today.


Wednesday, March 4

Death postponed in 17 years - so far

Today it is 17 years since some relatives said YES to Organ Donation and postponed my death by 6210 days so far.
THANKS for giving me a new heart and a new kidney.

A lot of other diagnosis have been put on my body during all these years, and most of them have some relation to the side effects of medication linked to the transplantation.
However, once again I say: "The alternative has been much more problematic"

In addition to the donor I have to thank my wife for all the help and support throughout these years. Without her I definitely can say that my life had been shorter. Even today she is acting as a nurse helping me to heal the wound beds on my thighs after last challenge with necrotising fasciitis.

However, time for walking along the beaches at Costa del Sol, and participating in all nice activities under the Mediterranean sol are part of taking care of the Gift for Life given 17 years ago.