07.04.2016 - 07.04.2016 22 °C
Desayuno - my favourite meal of the day. This morning we were offered a million options in rapid fire Spanish so we just listened for words we knew and repeated those. I had tè con leche - which today turned out to be a tea bag brewing in a jug of hot milk. A tea latte, if you will. Oh well - try anything once, but next time I will include gestures to indicate that I want my milk added after the tea is brewed. You live and learn.
We had to return to the bus station today, and chose the 'catch the bus' option that we had shunned yesterday. It got us to the Estacion de Autobuses with just enough time to force feed our money into the ticket vending machine and then jump aboard the bus to Capileira. Beautiful views + free wifi = best of both worlds. On arrival in Capileira, we had to go to two hotels with a similar name to ours before being pointed in the right direction and being shown our room with a view. But the view was not merely for admiring - it was for walking and fully appreciating. So off we set on our 10km walk to Bubion, Pampaneira and then back to Capileira. Sounded easy until we factored in the steep ascents and descents, and the occasionally ambiguous route notes and track markings. Lunch was lasagna served sizzling - as it should be! And of course, a plate of complimentary olives and salami to start. This gave us energy and enthusiasm to tackle the hills, until it seemed that the hills were tackling us. But with persistence and photo faffing (to allow catching of the breath) we made it all the way down into the valley and back up the other side. Totes amazeballs.
The late dinner strategy gave us time to rest our weary legs before the restaurant opened. Feeling somewhat refreshed, we were fed to within an inch of our lives. I tried Alpujarras soup - not entirely sure of the ingredients apart from ham and croutons, but it was tasty. The meal consisted of starter + main - or at least, that's what we ordered. It also came with a neverending basket of bread, garden salad (with more olives!) and almond meringue for dessert. I'm starting get used to the idea that there will always be bonus food appearing on the table - every meal is a surprise! Who knows what desayuno tomorrow will bring...