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.

Christmas in Madrid

So the family has finally finished moving to Madrid, just in the nick of time for christmas.

Spain is a very catholic country and as such seriously celebrates christmas, but in a very different way than austria.

From: http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/spanish-festivals/christmas-in-spain.htm

24th December – Christmas Eve is called Nochebuena in Spanish (Goodnight) and it is the most important family gathering of the year. In the evening people often meet early for a few drinks with friends then return home to enjoy a meal with the family. Most bars and restaurants close in the evening. Prawn starters followed by roast lamb would be a typical meal rounded off with a typically Christmas sweet called turrón which is a nougat made of toasted sweet almonds. Another typical festive sweet is called Polvorones which is made from almonds, flour and sugar. Cava, Catalan champagne, would be the chosen drink for the Christmas toast though plenty fine Spanish wines will also be consumed with the meal.

 

In Plaza Colon they setup 20′ tall speakers and blasted a Choir for hours. One could hear the music from around a kilometer away.

 

 

 

Canary Islands

Just arrived at LPA, the main airport of the Canary Islands, on Gran Canary.

Though it is currently winter time here, it is still nice and warm, in the 60’s-80’s during the day.

Evidently due to a volcano errupting nearby, there may soon be an 8th island joining with the 7 other islands that make up the Canary Islands.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112434010/volcanic-activity-could-spawn-new-canary-island

Tomorrow or the next day I plan to take the ferry from Gran Canary (the island i’m currently on) over to Tenerife (the island everyone says I should stay on).