Katama for a couple nights.

Today I took the bus from Malaga to Algeciras, which takes about an hour and a half. Then I took the 30 minute ferry over to Cueta (A spanish city on the north of morocco), then a 6 Euro taxi to the border, then waited in line for 20 minutes, got my passport stamped, and continued into morocco. From there I took a taxi to Katama (because I had already missed the last bus).

The main hotel is 40 Euro a night, which isn’t too bad, its quite a nice place actually. I’m going to see if there’s a cheaper place tomorrow.

Melting Pot Hostel – Malaga

Spent the night a couple nights ago in the Melting Pot hostel in Malaga.

While the hostel is right across the road from the beach, unlike the photos on hostelworld lead you to believe (a couple of chairs on the sand in the beach), it is not actually right on the beach, in fact due to the high fence, you can’t even see the beach from the hostel.

My room was situated in a cave like basement – which actually was really good for sleeping, but still a bit of a strange accomodiation.

When I paid for a dinner (their bbq, i’d pass in the future), the total was 7EUR and I paid 6.98, and they said I still owed them 0.02EUR to make sure to pay before the end of the night (seriously).

They charge and extra 1.50EUR to use a credit card, which is pretty annoying.

At midnight they kick everybody out of the lobby/common area/outside area. So you can either go to your room or go outside. This leaves those who are jetlagged, tired, or just want to use their computer/etc no option but to leave the hostel in the middle of the night or go to bed. There’s nothing around this hostel, the city center is a solid 30 minute walk away – and thats if you walk quickly.

All the drinks sold here are extremely small (i.e. the waters, beers, etc) are all the mini-size instead of the normal size. At 1.50EUR each, they are a rip off (and again there is very little within a short walk of the hostel).

Was woken up at 11:30 AM by a guy screaming at me that I was suppose to be out of the room right now.

There are much much cooler hostels to check out in Malaga, I highly recommend Oasis Backpackers Hostel for example, which is right downtown, has places to hang out 24/7, a rooftop bar, and really laid back staff.

Overall I’d recommend staying away from this establishment.

Couple of days in Madrid

I had an overnight layover in madrid on my way to Rabat, Morocco but decided to stick around madrid for a few days and take the train down to Morocco via Rabat instead (on the train now).

I had forgotten how fun of a city madrid is, great food, great clubs and bars, great everything (except transportation).

Went to a bar/restaurant calls los caracoles (the snails), where an old man dishes out snails by the ladle full from a large pot of snails that has been cooking all day long – very tasty! Definitely will want to go there again.

Stayed in Way Hostel, which seemed nice enough, though they don’t have a bar, so mainly people are sitting around playing on their computers (lots of people though). The rooms are clean and comfy, though a bit noisy at times.

Camelot beach club

Had a chance a couple days ago to hang out at Camelot beach for the day. Compared to escape beach it is alot less busy. Only a dozen or so people altogether at the beach. They do appear to have waterspouts though.

This is not a big resort, just a simple restaurant and bar right on the beach. They also have a boat launch area incase you have your own jet ski or boat.

The food at the restaurant is much better than the food down by the beach.

They have wifi for free but it doesn’t really work down at the beach (works fine in the restaurant).

To get there take the bus towards Lapta, it’s just last escape beach.

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Acapulco Beach

Spent a few hours today at Acapulco beach. I don’t like it here nearly as much as escape beach for a few reasons. First off the food at the beach is all self service buffet style and frankly isn’t very good.

The beach chairs are very old and dilapidated. The ocean itself is not as clear in appearance (though that could be because its not as sunny today), and things are really spread out so it doesn’t seem populated at all. Also no music on the beach and no hammocks.

There’s no free wifi anywhere; and the paid wifi doesn’t work on the beach.

The prices are about the same as escape , a litte higher than at the other beach I was at.

They do have a nice large pool and jacuzzi, as well as tennis court. Lots of stuff for kids to do as well.

Don’t think ill be back here again unless its to play tennis.

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