We arrived at our hotel in Torremolinos, on the Spanish Costa del Sol, or Sun Coast. I am told that this section of Spain gets 300 days of sun per year, and is a favorite destination of British tourists. We met British tourists on the way who were absolutely despondent because it was raining in Spain but sunny in Britain for 4 straight days. I gather that was the first time in recorded history that had ever happened. Fortunately for us, the weather was unbelievable for our visit: 24 degrees, sunny, with a cooling sea breeze off the Mediterranean. It was probably as close to perfect as it could have been, and exactly what you would expect from the south of Spain. By the way, it's rainy again in Britain and I assume those tourists have gone to drown themselves in the Thames.
Torremolinos is a major tourist destination, and sort of reminds me of a Spanish Daytona Beach. The students were therefore thrilled, and spent the afternoon buying tacky crap from local vendors.
A quick word about student purchases. I am pleased that at least 5 students have bought fedora hats, which they are calling "Belcher Hats" to the great consternation of ms. Matthews, who said that she wouldn't walk around with me if I wore "a daft hat like that". Thank you Jasmine, Erika, Sarah, Gabby, and Mike. And while Kyle's sword is pretty cool, so far the best purchase is Mike, who is sporting a white fedora, white jacket with gold lettering, a cane, and (I swear) sunglasses with no lenses. Is it possible to be in awe and repulsed at the same time? Apparently so.
Walked down to the beach for lunch, and it was beautiful. The water was freezing cold, but I put my toes in the water. The rooftop terrace at our hotel provided gorgeous views of the coast and lots of sun. Students seemed to really enjoy their time.
Memo to the UN: if ever someone were to raise the issue of declaring speedos as a crime against humanity, you have a solid "yea" vote here.
Some sad news on the trip: Lisa and Rachel went missing on the beach. We have been lucky enough to replace them with two lobsters with the same names. Lobster Lisa and Lobster Rachel will hopefully heed the warnings about the importance of sunscreen more carefully than their fair-skinned predecessors.
Tomorrow we have a long day: 615 wakeup and a trip to Morocco.