Holidays in the Costa del Sol

Intro

In the past, I have done Christmas in either the Washington, D.C. area, or in Montreal ,and New Year’s had always been in DC, but I had never done either outside of North America. It was quite a different, but interesting, experience.

Family from Washington

My Dad, brother, and grandma were supposed to come for the holidays, and, in a perfect world, they left yesterday. Instead, their flight to Montreal got delayed, and their flight from Montreal got cancelled. After multiple attempts to get to Malaga, they spent Christmas in Washington, but my mom and I talked to them almost every day.

Family from Canada

My cousins were supposed to fly from Toronto, Ontario on the 18th, but due to delays, ended up arriving on the 19th. They were tired when they got here, but by the next day were full of energy and ready to have fun in Malaga. One of them left the 26th, the other left the 31st.

Christmas

In Malaga, there is a major street called ‘Larios’. On Calle Larios, there is a beautiful light show during the holiday season, and on Christmas we went to see the 8:00 show, but the music did not work, so we walked for a bit, and my cousins made an amazing dinner. We exchanged symbolic gifts for the most part.

Seville

After one of my cousins left, my mom, my other cousin, and I took a train to Seville. We walked around and saw the cathedral, a few antique shops, and a few college campuses. Because we were only there for a day, we decided to use the opportunity to see what we want to do in future visits.

New Year’s

On New Year’s Eve, I went to a party with a few people who I play volleyball with every Sunday. It was more chill than I expected, but still a lot of fun. Fireworks are apparently very popular in Malaga, and I saw 4 or 5 firework shows (not sure how many of them were legal, but I must assume that only one was). Afterwards, I walked home with some friends of mine from the group.

Lessons Learned

  • Don’t fly through Montreal during the winter
  • Seville is great for a day trip, but if you have the chance, you should go for several days

Conclusion

This was my first Christmas and New Years in Spain. It was exciting, and I am excited for future holiday seasons here!

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