Watching the rain come in.
This morning we slept for ages! I woke up every now and then wondering when the boys were going to head back, but kept falling asleep. They came and jumped on us at about mid day. We all wandered down stairs where Pablos mum had put on coffee for us and got some things out for us for breakfast. We all chatted to her, using Pablo and Lauro as translator. Pablo had planned for us a day of sightseeing in the area and then a feast for us up at the hut in the evening. Sounded good to us. Us girls jumped in Pablos car which was rocking out to AC/DC, while the boys got in with Pablos father.
It was a beautiful drive. They showed us bays, cliffs overlooking the ocean, which was swelling beneath a blue/gray sky. We were going to be in for some rain today.
Alex, Lori & I checkin out the scenery.
We saw, a lighthouse, roaming horses (wild?), ruins of an old fortress and windmills which gather on many of the mountains. It was absolutely stunning. Near the windmills we sat and watched as the rain came in. We could see it over the ocean out in the distance and soon it was upon us. It was beautiful to watch but we headed back to the cars to keep dry. At the old fortress Ben enjoyed jumping all over the rocks, we freaked ourselves out in the strong winds and at one point Alex tried to kill me. Giving me a piggy back, spinning me around, losing his footing we both crashed to the ground, narrowly avoiding all the rocks. Good one knobhead! =D
We headed back up to the hut where there were many different scents coming from the little woodstove kitchen.
We set up the area under the grapevines, which overlooked the bay, waiting for lunch! The family really out-did themselves. There were spice covered, bbq style ribs, onion, baked potatos, tomato and olive salad, bread and tortilla da patatas = spanish omlette. There was red wine, white wine, home made liquers and a bottle of champagne even. We couldn't believe their hospitality. We were so grateful and Senora Lucia had even instructed Pablo to not let us help to clean up. Guests are well looked after in these European countries. After some delicious coffee we sat around had drank a bit more til it got late. Ben and Lauro decided they needed a good nights sleep and went back to the house, while Lori, Ruby, Alex and I were going to 'rough' it on the floor in out sleeping bags, at the hut. We set up our sleeping bags and by candlel light played 'Truth', til it got a little boring. Alex then resorted to some sneaky rascist jokes, calling Ruby Mr Hanky. He copped a belting from her although it was quite funny.
After ridding the hut of small harmless spiders (Lori's arachnaphobic!) we settled down and crashed for the night. It wasnt the most comfortable sleep but we were supposed to be roughing it after all! The next day we would be picking up our rental car to trek Portugal in for the next few days. It was going to be interesting to see how we all got along in such close conditions.