And Now, Almunecar…

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
By Marianne Lindahl

Onl MarianneIt’s so nice to be back in Almunecar again, after five months in the northern hemisphere.

The climate here is extremely warm for the season, the garden looks at its best, and our fantastic view over the mountains from Citalsol over Loma del Gato to Salobreña, Motril and the Mediterranean is just as breathtaking as ever.

Much of our time during the two weeks we have been here has been dedicated to putting the house and garden in order, but we have also had time to participate in some activities outside the domestic haven.

Our first visit was to the Romeria del Sur in Salobreña on 9th October dedicated to their Patron Saint, the Virgen de Rosario, and what a fantastic and colourful event it was. It was a delightful experience, full of tropical colours, friendly people, devotion, joy and humour.

A romeria is a religious pilgrimage dating back to the Antiquity. The term comes from romero meaning a pilgrim travelling towards Rome. It is a Catholic celebration that consists of peregrination (today in cars, floats, on horseback or on foot). The journey ends at a sanctuary or hermitage. In Salobreña, the route went from the town hall square to Salobreña beach.

At the Paseo Marítimo a Mass in the honour of the Virgin was celebrated. The village people spend weeks preparing for the event, cooking food and decorating their floats.

During the celebration there are religious traditions, but also dancing, singing, eating and drinking. Colourful floats, women, men and children dressed in Andalusian carriages, handsome jinetes riding on horseback, choirs singing in the streets, and all kinds of funny competitions. Stalls with artisan products and local food and drinks are an important part of a romeria. In the evening we headed back home filled with positive impressions.

On Friday 21st of October we went to Casa de la Cultura in Almunecar to listen to the Insostenible Big Band of Malaga. The show played tributes to the great big bands of the 40’s and 50’s of the last century, including historical jazz figures such as Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller. The group has been playing together for ten years.

The combo has the essence of the great big bands and include the usual brass and wind sessions, bass, guitar, drums, piano and vocals.

The band has performed in towns and cities throughout Málaga and other provinces in Andalusia and have played at the Málaga Jazz Festival, the Cervantes Theatre and the Echegaray Theatre.

The band offered a quality jazz experience under the direction of Antonio Lara with strong solo performances and a great vocalist, Maria, who has a lovely voice, ideal for jazz. Unfortunately, the public failed this fantastic performance. Only some 100 persons attended.

The only negative thing was that the auditorium is not exactly suited for the amount of decibels created by the Insostenibles.

In some instances, you longed for ear plugs or some cotton wool to put in your ears. For our group of pensioners it was great to listen to all those evergreens, reminding us of concerts in our youth, not to mention the school and college dances. Those were the days!

(Feature/Nordic: Marianne Lindahl)

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