cala sonreirás, a secret beach that could make you smile and happy birthday alex!

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alex's 20th birthday! ho ho ho! hurrah!
i told ben not to wake me up in the morning - because only him, alex, hannah and lori will come with pablo to fetch our car, so me and rubs will stay at the house. but i have to strangle robbo because he woke me up! aaarrghhhhhhhhhhhh HE JUMPED ALL OVER ME. ggrrrrrrrrrrrr i am already thinking of how to get my revenge on him! hahahahah hahahah hahahaha. he was so excited! because it was his birthday, he turned twenty years old! ^_^ hahahaha that boy!

so me and rubs were alone in the house, i asked rubs if she's hungry - it was about 10 am but she said she still wanted to sleep, so i went down to the kitchen and found señora lucia there. she was in a hurry to give and feed me food! hahahahah hahahah.
on the way to the secret beach called cala sonreirás.
i needed something warm - so i asked for cafe con leche and SHE KNOWS EXACTLY what i eat - bread with butter  and banana in the morning :D she gave me the cafe and bread - and bananas plus this yummy lemon bread that i forgot the name and also jamon!!!! yummy yummy yummy!!!!

as i sat down the table, the señora and me talked in mixed spanish and german - because she migrated to holland and a part of germany during the spanish civil war. it was fucking unbelievable! as we both understand each other about 80% hahahhahaha - its just like talking to my mama or my grandmother back at home! we talked about galicia - the cities around it, the mountains in cantabria or picos de europa, the vineyards of galicia, the history of galicia and things in germany like the cities of hamburg, berlin and munich, which part of germany has the best weather, the history of germany and comparing the similarities of spain and the philippines! and thats in freaking spanish where i learned 13 years ago and basically forgot about it!

she was so nice and patiently understanding me if i try to explain things, i feel so much at home in their house.
below the cliffs that dominates the town of cedeira.
she was so nice to me and treated me like her son and she would try to stuff me with food eventhough my mouth was still full!!!! it was amazing to be in the presence of the head of the house!  i would definitely go back there again to see her.


the guys came back at around 11:30 am, bad news - the car was only rented for 4 days AND it was manual. only ben can drive it and not the other guys.  this would really be sticky because its a long way drive, i felt sorry for ben but he said it would be ok for him. so the plans changed - hannah brought out the map and we re-routed - were not going to andalucia anymore because of lack of time (es tut mir leid süße ana (mami), wir haben keine genüge zeit nach andaluzien hinzufahren. ich hoffe dass du es verstehst).

after a quick breakfast - ben was so hungry.
a pirates ship!!!! and full of eucalyptus trees!
.... poor boy. we decided to leave at aroun 4-5 pm to drive to portugal - to the border which a city named - viana do castelo is located it will take us 3 hours from cedeira to the border of portugal. then señor manolo and señora lucia took out another liqour and passed glasses for all of us! we told them it was alex's birthday and for a treat - a small glass of liqour for everybody! felicidades alex!!!

we still had a couple of hours - the weather was astonishingly beautiful that we decided to go to the secret beach. last night, it was raining to heavily, until the evening, but me and ben still decided to walk around the town even though we were soaked by rain! and this time i made sure i bring my camera to take pics of the cliffs where the girl died.

as we walked along about 15-20 minutes from pablo's casa to the altar dedicated to the girl - there were some fresh flowers and an old couple praying - must be the grandparents or parents that i didnt took a picture of it to respect the solemnity.
strikingly beautiful but dangerous.
the cliffs are strikingly beautiful but yet dangerous. the path towards the beach is realtively easy, but if you dont have a guide with you, like pablo, you will take many wrong turns before reaching it.

the beach is almost unaccesible, it was part of an old fortress which is now a ruin. in the yesteryears, people have to cling on vines and sharp rocks to be able to go down. but now, they put staircases but it was still steep to go down. when we got there, it was not a surprise that we found the beach untouched, no people and waiting patiently for us.

at the beach - it was warm with the sun, but the water was still cold  - i coulndt dip in because my chest would hurt. i climbed the stones together with robbo, ben and hannah towards pablo. rubs and lori stayed behind because it was difficult to go down.
cala sonreirás- only for us.


as we went back to the beach itself and sunning lazily, an old ship came pass us! its was like back in the golden age of exploration! it made me think of robinson crusoe adventure! of course we are tourists so we took pictures of it! hahaha

it doenst have any shades in the area and i was sitting in the sun for too long. after 2 hours - we headed back to prepare our stuff and to buy in the grocery for some food and beverages for our trip for four days. but i am not feeling good, while we were walking back i felt dizzy and cant breathe - fucking attacked by my rare asthma! arrghhhh! as soon as we got back into the house - i immediately went straight into the toilet and threw up!


lauro says:
yes ivan! you are right! the beaches on the mediteraneo coast in spain is crowded with tourists!
Posted on: Nov 14, 2008
asturjimmy says:
nice beaches spanish north coast,also in asturias,cantabria and basque country
Posted on: Nov 14, 2008
alicegourmet says:
That's interesting! I can drive a car with manual shift (driver side on the right, same side as in England), but I drive a automatic shift in U.S. haha! Seems that you had a great time over there! =)
Posted on: Sep 03, 2008
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a pirates ship!!!! and full of euc…
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strikingly beautiful but dangerous.
strikingly beautiful but dangerous.
cala sonreirás- only for us.
cala sonreirás- only for us.
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just woke up not too happy about …
aaarrrghhhhh defnitely not happy!
aaarrrghhhhh defnitely not happy!
i took a picture of an old dame ^_…
i took a picture of an old dame ^…
view from the balcony in our room.
view from the balcony in our room.
on the way to the secret beach.
on the way to the secret beach.
the altar memorial for the girl wh…
the altar memorial for the girl w…
the cliffs of cedeira.
the cliffs of cedeira.
beautiful lush green ferns.
beautiful lush green ferns.
the atlantic ocean is amazingly ca…
the atlantic ocean is amazingly c…
so beautiful.
so beautiful.
lori bird!!!!
lori bird!!!!
the birthday boy alex!
the birthday boy alex!
robbo and the girls! ^_^
robbo and the girls! ^_^
sun is shining, secret beach, ganj…
sun is shining, secret beach, gan…
an old fortress.
an old fortress.
inside the old fortress.
inside the old fortress.
pablo!!!
pablo!!!
inside the old fortress.
inside the old fortress.
beautiful contrast of colors.
beautiful contrast of colors.
wild wild wild coast.
wild wild wild coast.
beautiful aquamarine water!
beautiful aquamarine water!
yessssssssss! hehehe
yessssssssss! hehehe
alex forcing rubs and lori to foll…
alex forcing rubs and lori to fol…
alex leading the way for the girls…
alex leading the way for the girl…
robinson crusoe ^_^ hahaa
robinson crusoe ^_^ hahaa
hannah!!!!
hannah!!!!
he was scratched.
he was scratched.
the idiot! ^_^
the idiot! ^_^
ben was a mountain goat ^_^
ben was a mountain goat ^_^
alex aka the robbo
alex aka "the robbo"
thats my fanta!!!
thats my fanta!!!
al qaida in cedeira! hahahaa IDIOT…
al qaida in cedeira! hahahaa IDIO…
rubs me and alex sunning and smok…
rubs me and alex sunning and "smo…
this was rubs birthday gift to ale…
this was rubs birthday gift to al…
rubs and the birthday boy.
rubs and the birthday boy.
we came from the top.
we came from the top.
ooohhh cold water!
ooohhh cold water!
i looked like a boy here hahahaha
i looked like a boy here hahahaha
yes, we stayed behind, we dont wan…
yes, we stayed behind, we dont wa…
sunning.
sunning.
lori sunning.
lori sunning.
the idiot ^_^
the idiot ^_^
rubs is slowly turning to mr. hank…
rubs is slowly turning to mr. han…
this is the life :D
this is the life :D
the secret beach.
the secret beach.
gorgeous weather and not one singl…
gorgeous weather and not one sing…
rubs and lori cant go far - its to…
rubs and lori cant go far - its t…
the idiot in the jagged rocks.
the idiot in the jagged rocks.
the idiot again ^_^
the idiot again ^_^
the secret beach!
the secret beach!
amazing isnt it?
amazing isnt it?
i mean- it was impossible just to …
i mean- it was impossible just to…
alex looked sad, he doenst have a …
alex looked sad, he doenst have a…
pablo was a model for playgirl mag…
pablo was a model for playgirl ma…
pablo whatttafuck are you doing?!!!
pablo whatttafuck are you doing?!!!
like a little boy :D
like a little boy :D
are those cheetos?!!!
are those cheetos?!!!
the old fortress!
the old fortress!
beautiful colors of the water!
beautiful colors of the water!
love this pic of the idiot! hahaha
love this pic of the idiot! hahaha
pablo drying himself! hahaha
pablo drying himself! hahaha
we came from there! hahaha
we came from there! hahaha
hannah, ben and lori were the brav…
hannah, ben and lori were the bra…
where the only people there amazin…
where the only people there amazi…
the beautiful walk towards the sec…
the beautiful walk towards the se…
ben, lori, hannah and pablo swam, …
ben, lori, hannah and pablo swam,…
going up.
going up.
the idiot ^_^
the idiot ^_^
view of the beach from the ruins.
view of the beach from the ruins.
its his birthday but he wasnt hap…
it's his birthday but he wasnt ha…
ben and hannah ^_^
ben and hannah ^_^
the idiot again.
the idiot again.
ben reading and lori having a nap …
ben reading and lori having a nap…
us guys waiting for the irls to ca…
us guys waiting for the irls to c…
pablo the idiot and me at the top …
pablo the idiot and me at the top…
hahahha me and the idiot! hahaha
hahahha me and the idiot! hahaha
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