Catching up with friends

We may have been leaving Andalucia but weren’t quite ready to leave Spain . Instead we were planning on catching up with friends in Tossa de Mar.  A reunion was long overdue, not only had we not seen Giz and Lidia for a couple of years, we had yet to meet Gilda, their 10 month old daughter.

We flew from Granada into Barcelona and from there drove the couple of hours along the coast to Tossa de Mar. Meeting up with Lidia and Gilda we headed into town to sort out a hotel for the 4 nights we would be staying. As the season was almost at an end and so we got a great deal on a seafront hotel complete with balcony.

catching up with friends

Booked in, we sat on the sea front waiting the arrival of Giz. Soon enough the blue and white tourist train appeared – Giz is the driver of the train !

Giz was working the late shift and then early the next morning so the plan was to catch up and spend more time together the following day.


Feeling hungry we headed off to eat at a restaurant recommended by Giz and we had a feast – of course being on the coast it had to be a seafood feast.

catching up with friends

Their speciality was ‘Mejillones Marinera’ (mussels) and they really were top-notch, especially when washed down with a litre of red wine. The evening was nicely rounded off with a carajillo (coffee with brandy).


Next morning we hung out with the girls before hitching a ride on the train for a tour of Tossa De Mar. The following day was Giz’s day off, so that evening we went to my favourite restaurant in Tossa De Mar, ‘Mestre d’axia‘.  This is what catching up with friends was all about – Estrella (Catalan beer), mejillones, pizza, red wine, dessert and of course carajillos.

catching up with friends


We had been planning on scuba diving the following day but a real storm had kicked up through the night with huge swells crashing in on the beach. A back up plan was called for – a late breakfast at Giz and Lidia’s, a day of chilling and catching up. Perfect.


It was already our last full day, time certainly flies by when catching up with friends ! We spent a relaxing morning walking around the castle and walled-in old town.

At 2PM we met up with Giz (during his lunch hour), Lidia and Gilda at one of their favourite local bars ‘Can Bigotis’ to take advantage of their 10 euros ‘menu del dia’.

Catching up with friends

For that price you got bread, a starter, main course, dessert, water, wine and a coffee !

For me that meant – bread, mussels, batifarra (Catalan sausage) with white beans and chips, chocolate ice cream, water, wine and of course a carajillo. Amazing food and an amazing price.

Our time of catching up with friends had come to an end all too quickly. We said our goodbyes, drove back to Barcelona, flew to Madrid where we stayed overnight. Then is onto Miami and a final flight back home to the Turks and Caicos.

We were sad to leave but happy to see our dogs again and secure in the knowledge that we would be returning in the not too distant future.

So … Who are one foot in the cave ?

We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂

5 words related to this blog entry …

Sea – El Mar

Marisco – Seafood

Mussels – Los Mejillónes

White Beans – Las Judias Blancas

Ice Cream – El Helado


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