Over the weekend, Matt and I decided to experience what Alcaidesa and Gibraltar have to offer during the summer months, which started Friday in Gibraltar immediately following work. The Euro 2012 (soccer for you Americans!) is currently the forefront of entertainment and competition over here, so we joined a large group of our German friends to watch the Germany vs. Greece game. I’ll tell you what – there is nothing quite like watching two countries battle it out. While we take sports in America very seriously, Europeans leave nothing on the table when it comes to loyalty for their nation’s team. Our viewing party took place at Savannah’s in Gibraltar, situated on the marina in Ocean Village. The restaurant is currently operating a huge outdoor television and by the start of the game, the entire surrounding area was packed – it was a good thing we had a reservation! Germany ended up winning the match and in the process, I learned some “colorful” German cheering language.
Saturday greeted us with cloudy skies, much to my dismay. We had plans for friends to come over with their children to swim and it just didn’t look like it would be in the cards. Instead, Matt and I made a big trip to the grocery store to stock up on food and drink for the weekend and following work week. Luckily, the sun came out for a bit during the late afternoon, so we did a bit of sunbathing and swimming. For dinner, we grilled out another recipe courtesy of Eat, Live, Run, and once again, we were not disappointed. The steak and veggie kabobs with a creamy avocado dipping sauce were incredible. I got to use my food processor, which always make me idiotically happy, and Matt’s marinade for the steak was superb.
Following dinner, Matt and I made our way down to the restaurant at the bottom of the hill. Our plan was to watch the Spain vs. France match with the locals, followed by some nighttime partying on the beach. As for the match – a couple pints, warm outdoor seating and a Spanish win made for a delightful evening. We even ordered a plate of broiled tuna to feed to the stray neighborhood cats that were lurking around the patio. Following the match we walked down to the beach to see what was going on for La Noche de San Juan, and unfortunately, there really wasn’t much happening. However, the beach bar was in full-swing with pumping music and late night party-goers, so we joined in on the fun. We chatted with some other Alcaidesa residents and stayed out a little past our bedtime.
Sunday gave us brighter weather, so we had our friends over for the promised swim. There really is nothing cuter than two little ones laughing and splashing around in a pool. Thanks to the planned pool day, Matt and I now own an array of pool toys, most notably a pair of water guns that pretty much ensured not a single person would leave the yard dry – especially not after the kids learned how they work.
After a full weekend, Sunday evening was spent quietly, and that’s exactly what we needed. We used the leftover steak and vegetables from our skewers the night before and turned them into quesadillas, adding cheese and sour cream to the inside, and again using the avocado dipping sauce as a very nice compliment on the side. We opened all of the doors to let the breeze in and settled in to watch the England vs. Italy game. Unfortunately, England wasn’t as lucky as Spain and Germany, because their tournament dreams ended on penalty kicks. Alas, I wasn’t even able to make it to the conclusion of the game…I fell fast asleep midway through the second half. Apparently beach bars and a day of sunshine with adorable and lively children was enough to zap my energy.