Andalucía parte dos: Cádiz

Cadiz Travel Blog

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Shan en la playa

We woke up early in Sevilla in order to catch a bus to Cadiz and enjoy the beach vacation part of our trip. After calling the bus company to find our the bus schedule and finding out they changed their number and didn´t leave a forwarding one (go figure), we went to station to just hope for the best. Luckily, we arrived at about 10:53 am and made it on the 11:00 bus! That way, we made it to the beach by 2 pm, just in time to spend a good part of our day there.

Cadiz is gorgeous. Situated right on the Atlantic and technically an island (attached to the rest of Spain only by a sliver of land), it has beaches, shopping, tapas and an extremely laid-back lifestyle.

Chillin' in hammocks on the roof of our awesome hostel: Casa Caracol
The difference between the people of Andalucia and Cataluña (or other parts of Spain) is uncanny. One thing we noticed about the people there is that they are just plain sassy. At first, they may come off as rude, but they´re just being frank and actually helpful. And maybe it´s just because the city of Cadiz is smaller and more quaint than where I´ve been living for the past five months, but I felt very safe and secure, while still enjoying myself.

Our hostel in Cadiz fit in with the laid-back lifestyle. Casa Caracol (Snail House) was more like a commune than anything else. We met Australians, British, Italians and a few Spaniards, either in our bunk bed dorm, while having breakfast in the cozy kitchen, lounging in the hammocks on the roof, or even while jumping the waves in the Atlantic.

Our wonderful italian friend, FABIO.
Our favorite was an Italian named Fabio (how cliché, I know...) who had just finished the Camino de Santiago (a religious pilgrimage walk in northern Spain- look it up if you want- it´s really interesting and I want to do it someday) and had us laughing for hours while eating delicious, local food during a hostel barbecue in the hammocks on the roof.

We also found a latin dance club in Cadiz, so we went to check it out one night. We got all dressed up, ready to bust out the moves. When we arrived, however, our jaws fell to the floor as we watched the PROFESSIONALS in astonishment. So it wasn´t exactly a free-for-all dance club like we thought it was going to be. The people dancing looked like they had studied for years with their partners, but kept switching and dancing flawlessly with whoever was available. It was incredible to watch, but it wasn´t exactly ¨beginner-friendly.¨ So we watched from the side and enjoyed the music anyway. I sure hope to dance like that someday.

After we had gotten our fill of lounging on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean for two days while eating tapas and seafood and drinking sangría and chilling in hammocks at night, we hopped on another bus for part three of our trip and headed to beach it up some more in Marbella on the Costa del Sol, the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain.

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Shan en la playa
Shan en la playa
Chillin in hammocks on the roof o…
Chillin' in hammocks on the roof …
Our wonderful italian friend, FABI…
Our wonderful italian friend, FAB…
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