Andalucia: Coast to Mountains

January 2014 and Greenheart Mike arrives in Andalucia, southern Spain, undertaking another session of work exchange and flying the Greenheart flag. Here is the first report.

After a great time with family and friends in UK at the end of 2013, I was suitably energised and in the mood for some travels to promote our Greenheart organisation and help out some needy folks on their projects.

Heading this time to Málaga, in the sunny south of Spain I sourced my first project which needed assistance by using the work exchange website. I spent one night in Málaga at the chilled Casa Al Sur Terraza hostel, which I liked for its location, friendly staff and self-catering facilities.  I boarded an Alsa bus the next day and arrived a few hours later at the quaint coastal village of La Mamola, east of Motril, and HelpX host Brenda’s home.

Work at this place included clearing the land of garden waste and rubbish, generally getting the property looking neat and tidy for forthcoming holiday rentals when the season kicks off. It was fairly hard graft as the garden was on a number of steep terraces and there was a lot of palm tree cuttings and trash to get rid of, however a week’s work saw it all done.

My host, Brenda, kindly cooked me some tasty meals and provided everything I needed for a most comfortable stay in her guest apartment, with fabulous views of the sea, sunset and moonrise. Outside of working hours I hit the coastal trail for a hike in the hills, dismayed by the destruction of this area by the myriad polytunnels and their plastic littering an otherwise beautiful section of coastline.

After the costa tropical work had finished, it was time for a complete change in scene, and three Alsa buses took me La Mamola-Almeria-Guadix-Cúllar de Baza, and up to the Altiplano of Granada, the historic area of Europe’s first settlements, plus the land of cave houses – together with a massive temperature drop at 11oom above sea level!

More news in the next report. Thank you for this one, and special thanks to my sponsors!


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