Yesterday I went for a solo stroll around our neighborhood, because the weather was just begging me to. The sun was shining and people were out and about, so I made my way down to the beach to see if there was any chance it felt warm down by the water. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the sand was warm thanks to the bright sunshine we’ve been having lately. As I walked along the water, I came up with the best idea: a mini-vacay Sunday. I immediately began thinking of ways that Matt and I could spend Sunday enjoying what our neighborhood normally has to offer for those who choose the Costa del Sol as their vacation hotspot.
I was extremely happy to wake up this morning and find that the weather hadn’t pooped out on me. The sun was shining, the breeze was slight, and I was itching to get our mini-vacay started. The first item on our agenda? A picnic at the beach, of course! We packed a cooler with finger sandwiches (made by Matt), cheese, chips, nuts, and not to be forgotten, a bottle of wine. We threw that in a bag with a cheese board, napkins, and towels for the sand, and made our way down to the beach. Clearly, we were not the only people with this idea; we found other locals crawling the beach with their dogs, their jogging shoes, and their children. We nestled into the perfect spot, soaked up the sunshine, and watched a group head out into the Mediterranean in wetsuits and snorkeling equipment.
The last time I went on a picnic was in St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Ireland. Boy, was this a different experience. Matt and I had the best time munching on our food and people/dog-watching. We brought a little football and threw it around for awhile. And to top it all off, halfway through our afternoon, a school of dolphins swam by close to shore, jumping high out of the water in full view. If the weather keeps up like this, I can’t imagine that we won’t stop by the beach every weekend that we’re here.
As the sun rose high into the sky and our food on the blankets started to dwindle, we packed our things and moved onto activity #2 on the agenda: the driving range. We’ve been talking about hitting golf balls since we moved here, but we had to wait a little while for Matt to get the okay from his hip doctor. We stopped by the house and exchanged our beach stuff for our golf clubs. The golf club is just around the corner from our house, so we were there in no time.
I’ve recently mentioned that our area is a ghost town right now. Well, it looks like I found where everyone hangs on the weekends! Matt and I made our way over to the driving range and spent the next hour or so playing around. It’s been a long time since either of us have hit a golf ball, so we took it easy. After our buckets were empty, we went to the putting green and squared off in a head-to-head battle. Much to Matt’s dismay, I was ON today, and after taking the lead by 4 strokes, he declared me the winner. 😉
We noticed that the clubhouse was filled with people sitting on the patio, enjoying drinks in the sunshine, so we decided to join. Activity #3: have a drink with the locals! Unfortunately, they were out of Guinness, so we grabbed a pint of lighter beer. Even though we were nearing the end of our planned mini-vacay, we still had American football, tasty homemade food, and for Matt, a cigar on the patio to look forward to. I feel so blessed to be able to spend days like this with Matt, and I hope that as the weather continues to get warmer, our weekends continue to bring us something new and fun!