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Tarifa to Torremolinos

Windy again

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After breakfast, I went for a skate (the same path as yesterday).

It was windy early, so rather than head to Torremolinos as planned, I packed up and left the apartment and went to the beach I kited at yesterday.

The wind was good, but the sea was rough. I had a nice kite (and dried the kite from yesterday).

There seemed to be a wedding thing happening, with a man and woman dressed for a wedding, but he kited!

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I dried myself in the sun, had lunch and trove to Torremolinos, almost two hours away on the Costa del Sol.

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Last day in Tarifa

Good last day

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Postscript to last night.

Caught up for a drink at a pub with a local guy (Paco) and my phone rang.

Unknown Spanish number. As I answered, a guy from the next table came over - it was my host (who I had not yet met). He told my the apartment I am in is over 400 years old!

Paco & I went to the feria (week long fair) and on the way bumped into three Aussies I'd met in Morocco, the second coincidence in an hour.

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Sleep in morning.

Dull, cloudy morning, which fortunately cleared up.

I went for a skate (on an excellent surface) and passed a mobile bar powered by peddling drunks, singing. I also passed a horse rider.

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Then to the beach. After a couple of hours, the wind came up at 6.30, so off I went. Too light for many, and it died off.

Unfortunately a beginner crashed his kite into mine causing it to get wet - I left with a kilo of sand in the kite!

It's the last night of the feria, so heaps of people in traditional costume.

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Tarifa kiting

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An exciting and abrupt start to my morning today.

My little apartment is one of a handful off a small common terrace. There is a door from the street to the terrace that is locked at night.

At 4.00am, someone was knocking at that door. I knew it wasn't for me and I wasn't going to get it.

The knocking became banging and went on for several minutes. I heard voices, presumably from other apartments.

It all went quiet.

I was awake 2 hours.

This morning I discover the door was broken in - the lock, timber frame and concrete were badly damaged. Someone's in trouble!

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A morning wandering the streets and buying some clothes (I'll chuck out some more past-it stuff here).

A car went past with speakers blaring music and the passenger chucking leaflets out the window. They did this in front of the local police, so litter laws aren't enforced.

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The leaflets seemed to be promoting a bull fight - I won't be going!

Kite at beach for afternoon - great.

After kiting, I met an Irish gay boy from Dublin who lives in London & had a drink with him, his lesbian friend and her aunt.

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Africa

A day out

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The forecast wind was not as good today as the next two days, so I decided on a trip to Tangier in Morocco.

All rather last minute, so Rather than just walk around (and be the target of touts), I opted for the cultural tour.

I detest being on group tours, but to have a private guide was literally twice the price. And, the private guide option available did the cultural tour anyway - when I said I wanted flexibility, they said not possible!

The 60 Euro I paid is actually cheaper than the normal return ferry trip.

Of course, as the ferry leaves Tarifa, I see there are kites out, so my decision was flawed. However, I wanted to go and am only in Tarifa until Sunday. I figured there would me more people on Saturday, so today is as good as tomorrow.

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On arrival, we were split into bus loads, with the guide speaking, Arabic, French, Spanish, English and Italian.

This meant lots of talking, of which 20% was in English. He chopped and changed so much it was difficult to keep up.

We went to the Medina, and a former palace, now museum.

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Lunch was at a "local" restaurant, processing bus-loads of tourists. Included in the price.

There was a quartet playing Moroccan numbers. I'm not buying the CD.

I scored a table with no native English speakers.

The food was good.

Then off to a Berber pharmacy, where we had a lesson on assorted spices including ones for a variety of ailments.

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After that, we were let loose among the touts, who turned out to be relatively benign on the tout scale.

They were happy to chat about Australia.

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Then the bus took us past the palace (the king was home) to a high spot with Roman columns from which we could see Spain.

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Next stop, dromedary rides, but not for me.

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Then another view, mainly of haze or smog.

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Then back to the port and Spain.

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Tarifa and Gibraltar

Bonus country

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I went for a walk around Tarifa after breakfast and walked to the southern most part of Europe.

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I could feel the wind, so off to the kite beach.

The wind was good and the sun was out, but I suffered another inverted kite. I was way offshore, but luckily managed to relaunch and get into shore.

The problem is caused by a loss of pressure - I was fearful of a hole, but think the leak is coming from a valve I need to tighten more.

I had a good time, and was packed up by 3, so I decided to visit thr UK!

Gibraltar is close & it's quick to walk in. A passport is needed.

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Buying a beer resulted in getting change in Pounds. Not very useful.

It's rather unusual to cross the international airport runway going in and coming out!

It took me ages to find s free park when I got back.

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