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I ended up in Spain with a friend for the La Tomatina festival.. A somewhat overcomercialised event, we had wanted to go since our high school days.  I had the best week with her, we drank sangria, we laughed at random things and re-told old stories.  It made me realise the importance of long standing friendships.  When she left I was at a loss… I was in Europe, and didn’t really feel like moving around all the time and getting drunk with random backpackers night after night…

I went to Sevilla, Granada and portugal…

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It felt like time for a “job” again.  So I sought out the coast.  I spent a month working at a hostel in Nerja in Andalucia (Southern Spain).  Almost by myself, I started up a little hostel backpackers house close to the beach.  We only had 8 beds, including mine, so it got real cosy in there.

Since I was inside cleaning during peak sunshine hours, I noticed peoples attitudes as they came and went.  From sleepy and hungover in the morning to sunkissed, happy and flushed in the late afternoons.  Personally, I escaped the house to use the beach for napping purposes in the late afternoons, plus a 200m swim to the buoy to stop people from calling me lazy. I noticed the constant good weather really enhanced my mood, and so my 10 day committment stretched to 2 weeks, then 3 and out to a whopping 4.5 weeks in total…

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I really loved my hostel family, the regulars inclded the seemingly happy go lucky but actually uptight boss, the standard drunk english girl “this is totally my favourite song”, to the posh french girl who even made cigarrettes look classy, the young yoga crazy hungarian… after a while everyone really started seeming like cartoon characters.  The sun really enhances peoples good characters!! Nerja is filled with old english tourists and it really could have been a boring place, but the sun meant people collected stones on the beach, ate good food and hoola hooped their days away. We made friends with many of the local workers, and our nights were spent asking for free shots and pizza, drinking and dancing.

When I finished in Nerja I got an amazing favour from a friends brother who lent me his car… I drove it up and down the atlantic coast of the Andalucia, “Costa de la Luz”… it was ok, there were many young people, the atmosphere was great, but it stopped being as sunny, so I will have to vist again in summer… although some locals I met were tired of the heat and the sun, I am not sure this state is even possible for me.

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Sunset over Gibraltar and Morocco

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Sunset over Trafalgar lighthouse

I remember how in New Zealand the happiest moments were in the sun, from camping with my friends and family to walking to work through the park and thinking, I am the luckiest girl in the world.  I never really had these thoughts in the winter, even when cosy by a nice fire… snowboarding is good, but it is best on sunny bluebird days; to summarise, everything is better in the sun! I am back in NZ for summer, so I hope it lives up to it!!!

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