After spending 2 months in Estepona it’s time to reflect on what we learnt in our time there. We had a very relaxing time but it also gave us time to do things we wouldn’t necessarily do at home, like thinking instead of doing 🙂
So here’s some of the things we learnt :
1. We can speak a bit more Spanish
We continued to learn Spanish by completing 10 minutes a day of the free Duolingo online course everyday. We also used what we knew when shopping, ordering food and meeting people. We learnt more words from shops, signs, listening to people etc
2.Barking dogs get on your nerves
The sound of barking dogs is commonplace in Estepona. It seems that everybody has a dog or five. They appear to be more guard dogs than pets. Every time you walk by the gated houses, they appear menacingly at the fences or gates. Most nights there was a cacophony of barking dogs at some stage, during the night. It was more than a bit annoying. The locals tell me that you get used to it. It doesn’t seem to bother them.
3.Red peppers are so delicious
A bit obvious this one but red peppers are cheap and delicious in Spain. Oiled and grilled, skins removed, they turn into a sweet and delicious thing. I will be growing some this year and using them a lot more in my cooking.
4.You need never buy Oranges, Lemons or Avocados in Estepona
Everyone seems to grow them and they always have too many, so they give them away!
5. Almonds are expensive!
I use a lot of almonds in my cooking. I use them to make granola, bread and almond butter. I assumed, that as almonds are grown in Spain they would be cheaper. However, they are more expensive in Spain than in the UK. They do sell some delious salted and roasted almonds in Lidl (Spain) which we ate a lot of and bought some home too.
6. Motoring is a pleasure in Spain
There are very rarely road jams or road works in Spain. Tolls roads are a pleasure to drive on. Fuel is at least 15p a litre cheaper than the UK. Ok, so they drive on the opposite side, but I got over that.
7. Family time is important
Spanish families like to spend time and relax with each other, especially at the weekends. All the shops close on a Sunday so friends and family gather together. Some of them go to their Fincas in the mountains and others meet for lunch near the beach. It was a real pleasure to see. I am sure the sunshine helps!
8.There are some really delicious Spanish cheeses
We tried a few from this list. The choice is a bit overwhelming though so it’s a work in progress job!
9.We can salsa 💃🏻
So continuing on the theme, of learning something new to keep your brain stimulated, we went to Salsa lessons every Wednesday evening at a pub in La Puerta de Duquesa. I’m not sure we have mastered it – but it was fun trying.
10. Mark loves Sherry!
I knew this already but I am including it anyway! The sweet Spanish matured sherry is like liquid raisins. Mark had a tipple most nights.