Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013

Today was our first full day without Dino and Kevin. We woke up in the morning and met with Dr. Coker and the three of us took a bus to the airport to pick up Kyle and Paul. We didn't know for sure when they were coming, but we had a pretty good idea and luckily we guessed right. It was good to meet them. We came back to the Hostal for just a little bit, then we showed them the boat yard for a little bit and then met Paqui and Carlos in Pena Barcelonista for a nice lunch. We then met Dr. Coker in the Pablo Picasso museum. Then we got some ice cream and came back to the Hostal for the night.  

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July 6, 2013

Today was a somber day because Jake and I had to see the boys off. Dino woke us up in the morning and we said our goodbyes. He had to be at the airport at 8a.m. Then we went back to sleep and then Kevin woke us up around 10a.m. We ate breakfast together one last time and then parted ways. We had wished them both safe travels to their next destinations. And then there were two. On the brighter side of things, Jake and I carpe diemed the day and took the rental bikes from the hostel to the port in the city center. There we were able to not only see but actually board for free the "Nao Victoria". This ship was an exact (beautiful) wooden replica of the first vessel to successfully circumnavigate the globe. WOW. It was awesome too because we got our own personal tour and we went places that are cut off to the public. Even more interesting is the fact that the avenue where our hostel is located, Av Juan Sebastian Elcano, is named after the captain of La Victoria. He set out with Magellan, along with a crew of about 200 or so sailors and five ships, and was among the very few who returned with a ship full of spices to the Spanish crown. Then, we took a trip that may very well be considered the highlight of the entire trip, only because what we saw was so unreal...Jake, Dr. Coker and I went back to Macharaviaya, the town where Bernardo De Galvez was born, and we saw the amazing way they celebrate our 4th of July. It happened to be on the 6th only because it was the first Saturday after. However, it was just absolutely unbelievable to witness such pride and enthusiasm from the ENTIRE village and to be part of the celebration. We saw a reenactment of the battle of Pensacola when the Spanish expelled the British from West Florida, followed by traditional dances from Andalusia and delicious home-made food. Then to put the cherry on top, they even had a fire works show that served as a wonderful reminder of home. We definitely felt the spirit of our revolution alive in these people from this little village, and it was more than incredible to witness. It's just a shame that Kevin and Dino had to leave earlier and couldn't make it. What an unforgettable day and night!

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Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5,2014

Today we got up later than usual, still happy from the barbeque the night before, and met Alfonso at the Astilleros to get to work. We only worked on the Phoenician replica today. This is because it was our last day and putting a row of planking on the Phoenician was the closest we had come to actually finishing anything, so we gave it our all. We got all the pieces cut, but didn't quite finish adjusting them. Nevertheless, today was a well spent last day of work, very meaningful, and we still managed to have a ton of fun in the process like always. Also important was that the tee-shirts came in today!!! Alfonso ordered us each a shirt that has the logo of the shipyard on it. How cool! Thanks Alfonso! Then later, Dino and Kevin were busy packing for their departure tomorrow, but they did take a break to go out and dine one last time. It was so funny because the entire three weeks we have been here we have enjoyed every restaurant we've been to, but on our last night this one restaurant, no names, completely messed up our order and we just had to leave! How funny no? So then we concluded our last night in Malaga. What a wonderful time we have had, and now Dino is heading to Germany tomorrow, and Kevin back to the states, where his family and a Caribbean cruise await him! Safe travels boys!

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013

We all woke up at 7:15 am and ate breakfast. We walked to work and got to the boatyard at 8:00 am. We worked on shaping planks for the Phoenician craft, by wetting and bending the wood into shape. We drilled holes into the mortise and tenon joints and hammered in tree nails, with a wooden hammer. We installed two planks on the Phoenician craft, it seemed like an eternity working on these planks, but finally they are on the boat. We set up the frame to the Galveston outside and called it quits for the day at 2:00 pm. We then decided to eat lunch at Namaste, and had lamb burgers with Dr. Coker. We went to town on the bus and got trinkets for our family and friends, and baby clothing for Alfonso’s daughter. We then went back to the hostel and waited till it was time to go to the boatyard for supper. We got drinks at super sol for supper which consisted of wine, lemon Fanta and Coke. We waited in the boatyard for an hour and a half for Alfonso to show up. He showed up with a lot of family members and friends. Alfonso played us the national anthem with a harmonica, he learned how by listening to the song and repeating with the harmonica until he got it right. The party consisted of Dino, Jake, Brian, Kevin, Dr. Coker, Alfonso, Ernesto, Maria (Ernesto’s girlfriend), Alfonso’s wife, kid, Mom, Step-dad, and Neighbor film director. We ate pork chops, pork patties, torisimo(sausage), blood sausage, Russian salad, snacked on cheese, olives, potato chips, and crackers. The food was excellent and was cooked over nothing else but live oak from America. We drank Tinto De Verano, Coke and whiskey (that Alfonso brought to the table). Had a lot of fun talking and joking around until 2:00 am then called it quits and went to bed at 2:30 am.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013

In the boatyard we worked some more on the Phoenician boat making planks and nails. Dr. Jeff Coker came to the boat yard. We talked a lot about history. For lunch, after work, we went to get bocadillos in La Baguette which is a little bread place and market. We were planning on taking a nap, but for whatever reason, it just didn't happen. We ate at Mafalda for dinner which is kind of like a burger place, which they call camperos here. Overall it was a very good day.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013

Today in the boatyard, we worked on the Phoenician boat, making nails and cutting wood to form the planks. Dr. Jeff Coker, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UNF came today. He is a very nice man and we're all excited that he is here with us in Malaga! We also met Francisco who is another one of the siblings from the boatyard. He seems like a good guy too and he even speaks pretty good English. We had lunch with Paqui and Carlos after work. They made macarrones con queso which is essentially homemade mac and cheese. Afterwards, we took out Alfonso's McDonald's boat (we call it that because the boat was in a McDonald's commercial). It was so much fun. Alfonso has told us that we really haven't been to Malaga until we see it from the water. So now we have officially been to Malaga. Later, we met up with Jeff Coker and went to the terrace of a nice hotel and saw a beautiful view of the city. The views, the drinks and the company were awesome. Today was very fun.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013

Today was another one of our longer days. We went to work in the morning and ended up staying until 2pm. Supposedly our course spans from 8am to 11am and if we wish to stay longer we then become “volunteers” of the Astilleros. We liked this idea from day one and we came to help as much as we can, so three hours just wasn’t enough! We mostly worked only on the Phoenician replica today. After work we stopped by the local market Mercadona to stock up on lunch foods. Then, we were all pretty exhausted so we ended up taking an afternoon siesta along with the rest of the Spanish. After recharging from our nap, we made plans to go to dinner here at the beach and found a new restaurant with the same name as our hostel. It’s called Restaurante Las Acacias, and man do they have the best grilled fish. Between the four of us we shared two paellas and one big whole fish, with the head and all, which turned out to be quite a delicious experience!

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

June 30, 2013

Today we all enjoyed sleeping in, not having to set an alarm. We had our breakfast and just relaxed for a while after. In the middle  of the afternoon we went to the beach. We talked about going downtown, perhaps to the Picasso museum again but just decided to go back to the hotel and get ice cream and dinner. We ate at the tapas place for the third time. We're definitely regulars because when we got there, one of the waiters greeted us with a big smile, fist bumps and handshakes. And now we're back in the hotel, about to go to bed  because it's an early day tomorrow in the boatyard.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29, 2013

We got up a little later than usual being our day off. We went down stairs to a nice filling typical breakfast and talked about what we were doing today. We were going Granada and specifically the Alhambra. After our hour and forty five minute ride there we got out and realized that we were 2 hours early for our ticket time. So being that the food in Spain is so great we decided to have a bit of lunch. Kevin, Jake and Brian had pork chops with salad and fries and Dino had stewed ox tail with green beans and fries. We then waited around a little more and went in to the absolutely beautiful and also very large compound. We walked through the Nasrid Palaces and stopped by the museum on the inside where they had a lot of artifacts from the 16th century. After that we all walked over to the Alcazaba  and walked through it and got a great view from the top of the watch tower. We then went down to the Partal Palace and saw the fish ponds and some smaller gardens. After we went to our last stop which was the the Generalife area which was almost all gardens and water features. After which we started our trip back to Mรกlaga. We then kicked up our feet and Kevin and Dino went down to the beach to swim for a little bit while Brian and Jake talked to family and rested. We had dinner at about 10pm at a Italian pizza place on the boardwalk called Il Forno. Went then came back and went to get some shut eye after pur long day.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

We woke up at 7:15 am and ate breakfast. We went to work at 8:00 am met up with Alfonso and he put us to work on the Galveztown project. We laid out the master frame and found out what two pieces were missing.  We laid the templates over some lumber to mark it with a pencil then we cut the pieces on the band saw. One piece we cut with a chainsaw first in order to reduce the weight of the piece. Once the pieces were cut we brushed on some linseed oil to help protect the wood. Alfonso then took off and we made tree nails until 1:00 pm. We went the supermarket to get bread for our lunch on the way back from work. We ate lunch at the hostel and talked about our plans for the next day. At 4:00 pm we went the beach to go swimming and found that you float without needing to do anything.  We swam out past the lagoons a few times and never worried about sinking down in the water, we got back to the hostel at 6:00 pm. With a quick shower and shave we got ready for dinner with the language professor Febles and his wife Pat. Everyone else left to get tickets to the Alhambra while I stayed back and wrote a journal entry. We stopped at a place that serves hard cider by holding the glass three to four feet above the glass that they pour into.  This was done because in the old days sediment would form in the glass and they would split half of the cider into the glass and the other half with the sediment would be the waste. We ate Tapas at a place downtown where we had a bunch of different plates then we went to another tapas bar and had some more dishes. We had a good time listing to old stories of Spain that the professor and his wife had to tell about their experiences. We then took the bus back to the hostel and went to bed.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013


Today started like any other normal day. We got ready and ate well in the morning then took our scenic route to the Astilleros. We continued working on more olive wood tree nails for the Phoenician replica. Then we switched to the kayak build and managed to cut out the first planks for either side of the keel. In English we call the first run of planking ‘‘the garboard strake” and in Spanish they call it “aparaura”. Then, like a wonderful surprise, Febles and his wife Pat showed up at the boat yard! We were very excited for their arrival since Malek had recently left us, and we took them on a mini-tour of what we have been working on and even showed them the hostel. They are also very excited to be in Malaga because it is their first time being here as well. Then for lunch we came back home and made sandwiches and made plans to cook dinner for Paqui and Carlos, just to show our appreciation. Also we bought tickets online to go and see the Alhambra on Saturday before it was too late. So, we went to the local Supersol and gathered all the ingredients necessary and, it was success! We cut up some chicken adobo and made “shishkababs” on the grill with salad and bread. Ok, Paqui did help us on the salad but only because she is a pro at making berry jelly vinaigrette. After cleaning up the dishes we called it a night and soon hit the hay as they say.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

Today we did our regular morning routine, rising early, enjoying breakfast and the scenic walk to work. At the boatyard we continued working on the Phoenician boat, curving the wood and putting two planks on it. Also today, the Spanish Andalucian news came and interviewed us about what we’re doing and all the new experiences we’re enjoying. It was so cool and they said it will be aired in a few days! Later, we smoothed the wood to make some planks for the kayak. And the band saw blade came off its track. It was really scary but luckily nothing happened other than a loud bang. After work, we came back to the hostel and had our usual sandwich lunch. Then we went to the beach. The water was quite cold but you get used to it. For dinner we went to Malfada where we ate camperos which are like big sandwiches sometimes similar to hamburgers but not necessarily.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

We woke up bright and early and had our typical breakfast of bread,  cheese, meat and fruit. We then went down to the yard at our usual time and got right to work. We did some routing today on some planks for the Phoenician vessel. We got to use the router portion of the planer today which made a huge difference in terms of speed. We cut the tendon joints on a whole plank in about 5 to 10 minutes. We then took the plank and set the curve by clamping it to the side of the vessel. In the meantime Dr. Malek showed up to see how the projects were going along and how we were holding up to life in Spain. Brian and Kevin were then set off to go wet the plank in the ocean so that it would be more playable. Jake and Dino stayed back with Dr. Malek and Alfonso and made cordage. The piece that we made was then given to Dr. Malek as a gift from Alfonso to signify the bond between the UNF and Astilleros Nereo. Dr. Malek then got ready to go back to Jacksonville and said his goodbyes. We continued to work in the yard by laying out the templates for the Gavelztown. First we had find the outline of the vessel on the floor and then lay down large pieces of the frames to try to dry fit everything. It still needs to be sealed before we can put the frame together. We then left the boat yard shortly after this was completed and went to the hostel because Paki and Carlos treated us to homemade paella for lunch. We then ate our massive lunch which was perfect and had a siesta. After waking up we all sat around and then went for a walk up the hills by the hostel and went to a grocery store called Aldi. We got back and had a lite dinner which was just sandwiches and then we called it a night.  

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Monday, June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013

We woke up at 7:15 and had breakfast at the hostel, like we always do. Upon our arrival at the shop we found out that there were no dust masks available for us, so we didn’t do any planking on the canoe.  We talked with Rosillo about the Phoenician boat project and we held a piece of planking against the side of the boat and drew a line on the planking where it met up to the last piece of planking in order to get the planks tight together. Then Rosillo used the band saw to cut the plank where we drew the line. We then marked out on the plank where all the mortises needed to be cut in order to align the two planks. We then used ancient techniques of cutting the mortises with two sizes of chisels. We accomplished eight mortis holes using the ancient technique. We left the shop at 1:00.

We all rested during the day after work some people like me took a nap because we were up late due to the festival the night before. We went to dinner at a pizza place; the pizzas were large personal sized Neapolitan style. The pizza I had was called the 4 seasons and had a combination of white asparagus, artichoke, fresh anchovies, ham, cheese, and tomatoes sauce this was all on a fresh thin crust that was rolled right before the pizza went in the oven. Then the waiter asked if we wanted some spices, and he gave us a hot (spicy) oil to dress the pizza with. This was the best pizza experience I have ever had. The pizza was also not uniform in the toppings which gave each piece its own flavor combination which I found very enjoyable to have a new flavor with each bite. After dinner we went back to the hostel and went to bed.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23, 2013

Today was a day full of surprises. First of all we slept in this morning, which was very nice, and after having our Spanish breakfast we decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. We happened upon what are called “chinos”. Basically they are convenient stores and they are named Chinese after the people who tend to operate them, similar to how in the states many Indian people for example work gas stations. This has no negative connotation, but rather is merely a name that is used colloquially. After returning to the hostel we shared a special moment with Paqui (owner of hostel). We had an interesting conversation about how most people in general in Spain speak more than one language, but we found out that Paqui speaks 5; Spanish, Catalan, English, French, and Italian. Wow. Then, she surprised us even further by inviting us to lunch, where she prepared for us an authentic tortilla de patata, salad, white asparagus, and tomatoes in olive oil. Mmmmm. Later, we took advantage of the free Sunday afternoon entry to the Museo Picasso downtown. It is such a cool museum and we recommend it to anyone traveling to or through Malaga. Then, later in the evening around dinner time we went out with Paqui and Carlos and enjoyed some typical Spanish seafood. The beaches were absolutely packed due to the festival of San Juan. It serves as the official start of summer and also shares a religious tradition of lighting and jumping over fires on the sand. We immersed ourselves in the culture and had a wonderful time spent on the beach. We even lit one of those Japanese flying candles and sent it into the night sky!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

June 22, 2013

We decided to finally start the day after sleeping in till 10:30 am. We had a brunch at the hostel and decided to push through lunch time without eating. We walked to the tobacco store where we bought a bus pass that gives each of us 5 trips on the bus. We used one trip to go to downtown Malaga where we walked around the shops and took in the Spanish architecture. We stumbled upon an artist who made three landscape paintings in three minutes and charged ten euro’s for the three. We called him the Bird Man because that was his signature in every painting. Brian and I bought the paintings for gifts. We stopped by the bar and had a Cruz Compo Reserve beer to get off our feet for a couple minutes. After that we saw the Cathedral and the Plaza de la Merces.  We decided to walk back instead of using bus pass because it was early and we had nothing better to do. The weather was hotter than it had been so we worked hard getting back. The seas where calm and didn’t offer us any refreshing sea breeze. On the way back we made reservations for the top floor of the tapas bar. We had dinner, which consisted of many delicious dishes. We had a couple of drinks with dinner, and called it a night.
 
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Friday, June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013

We woke up at our normal time and enjoyed our normal breakfast routine. In the boatyard, we finished making the notches and grooves on mold frames in our kayak .  Alfonso then took us to get wood for the planks. The place where we bought this wood was a huge wood depot. Alfonso is a new father to a beautiful baby girl. He is building a crib out of wood that is actually a row boat that a child up to four years old can use and when we got back to the boatyard we helped put some planks on it. This was such an honor and a unique experience that let us show our appreciation for everything he is doing for us. On our way back from work, we stopped and got some ice cream. It was so delicious and a nice treat after a long but rewarding day at work. Tonight we met with Dr. Malek at a tapas bar. We haven't done a lot with Dr, Malek so it was nice to spend some time with him in a social environment. Dr. Febles should be coming in a few days and we're getting very excited for the celebration of San Juan on the beach this Sunday!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

Today we woke up bright and early to another beautiful Spanish day. We had our typical breakfast of bread with assorted meats and cheeses and orange juice. We then went to Astilleros Nereo and began work on our project again by gluing the posts to the keel. We also began cutting the notches in the molds so that we can start applying the planking the next day if possible. That took up most all of our time at the yard. Brian has been doing a great job helping Kevin and Dino understand Alfonso and people all over the city. He and Jake have been a great resource for two non Spanish speaking people. We then went back to the hostel and had a small lunch mostly consisting of just snacks. We then sat around and talked about what we could do over the weekend and made some progress by narrowing our choices down to a select few places. We had sort of a early dinner because the Spanish nation soccer team was playing Tahiti in a qualifier for the World Cup. So we walked down to our favorite seafood place Penne Basrcelonista and watched Spain walk over them 10-0. We came back to the hostel afterwards and went to sleep to get ready for another long day in paradise.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013

Following our long walking tour of the two castles and a bit of the city center, we decided to take a day to relax and collect ourselves. We first did our usual routine of a hearty European breakfast, and then work at 8a.m. Today was an interesting day because we laid the keel and put up the three mold frames to our kayak build. Every day we make more progress and learn something new. For lunch we became returning customers to “La Baguette” for their delicious chicken “bocadillos” (sandwiches) and…some of us enjoyed a four hour nap before waking up and dining at our new favorite local restaurant, Namaste.


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013

Today we woke up and had breakfast which consisted of bread with cheese and sausage, yogurt, fresh squeezed orange with watermelon juice, and fresh fruit. We then took a brisk walk down the Mediterranean boardwalk while taking in all the scenery as our beautiful walk came to an abrupt end at the rustic boat yard by the sea. We all sat on a part of American history as the "Master" Alfonso told us, the weathered Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana, as its Latin name suggests. These trees were alive and witnessed the American revolution because they came from either St. Augustine or Galveston, Texas.We then strolled into the boat yard where we began our life long journey in boat carpentry. We then spent the morning constructing a half-model by which we will build our own canoe. After finishing the half-model we took another tour of the yard and asked questions about the tuna boat that is in the yard waiting for restoration. We then ate lunch at the mini mart where they cut up fresh vegetables and  cut up freshly roasted chicken and placed it gently on a steamy baguette. We then walked down town where we went sight seeing. After a refreshing walk up the picturesque mountainside we conquered a Muslim fort built in the 1000's we took pictures of a bull fighting ring from the top of the mountain. We then descended down the mountain where we stopped by Alcazaba which was an extension to the previously mentioned fort. We took pictures of the Fort and of the beautiful flowers that lined the pathways. We then saw the Roman amphitheater which was constructed in the 1st century which was tucked away right under the fort. After we got our history fix we took a nice stroll down the boardwalk where there were a number of beautiful natural sites to drool over.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013

Today we woke up at 9 am. We had a nice breakfast of bread with tomato, olive oil and salt. There was also yogurt, fresh fruit, mini cheese and chorizo sandwiches, sausage and fresh watermelon-orange juice. We met with Dr. Malek and Dr. Gonzalez in the hostel before heading to the boatyard for our first day of work. There, we met Juan Antonio and Alfonso, two brothers who work in the boatyard. Juan Antonio gave us an orientation showing us around the boatyard and museum. Afterwards we walked around town, going to the top of a hill to a neighborhood where we took some beautiful pictures of the city and Mediterranean Sea below.  We ate a seafood platter at a local beachside restaurant and enjoyed some beer at two for a Euro. We went to bed at 1:00 am.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

June 16, 2013

We all arrived in Malaga today and got acquainted with our Las Acacias Hostel and the owners Paqui and Carlos. We all went to our rooms unpacked and got situated. They showed us around the hostel and what there is to do in Malaga while we are here. We then went down to the boardwalk and walked around for a while to get a feel for the area. We located Astilleros Nereo which is the boat yard where we would be working. It was about 8pm here local time and so that means dinner time in Spain, which was perfect for us because we were famished. The whole entire boardwalk is filled with restaurants so we sat down at Los Espigones. We had paella and a beer and called it a night due to the fact that we were all extremely jet lagged and could barely stay awake.

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