To chew the fat!

Chewing the fat with friends, family members and strangers is a common pastime for most people. To chew the fat means to talk with someone in an informal and friendly way.  For instance: Last weekend, my mates and I, sat in a bar and chewed the fat until the early hours.

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Watching films at the beach

It really goes without saying that you can be completely broke and still have a blast in Málaga.  So, if you are totally skint, and wondering what you can do on a hot summer´s evening that doesn´t cost a penny, then I would highly recommend that you check out the Outdoor Cinema festival that Málaga hosts every summer.  Pack an evening picnic with snacks and booze, take a throw to sit on, call your mates, and go and watch a flick at the beach in your bikini.

 

Congratulations France!

The 2018 World Cup is over, and I´m sad to say goodbye to a tournament which has been full of highs and lows, both on and off the pitch. The unexpected and sudden departure of some of the world´s highest ranked teams left the tournament wide open, and most football fans truly believed that anything, anything was possible.

I have felt a rollercoaster of emotions during this football campaign, and I watched the final with the hope of seeing some breathtaking football.  I was not disappointed. Congratulations France, you have earned your second star.

Finally, to the flash mob of young French supports in plaza de la merced after the match, thank you, you entertained me with you unbridled energy, flag waving, crazy dancing, and impromptu version of Robbie Williams’ world-famous song, Angels.  Well done – keep your passion alive –say no to racism – say no to homophobia!

What should I drink when it´s boiling hot?

Not so curiously, everyone has an opinion on what to drink when it´s boiling hot. And, obviously, the healthiest option would be something  alcohol-free!  However, indisputably, that can not be  a serious suggestion, can it?

Anyway, after asking some mates to give me some advice the following is what they suggested.  You should drink:

  1. A Jamie Oliver Cosmopolitan
  2. A James Bond Vesper
  3. A white wine spritzer
  4. A fuzzy or pierced navel

Please remember that I´m utterly hopeless in the kitchen, so in your opinion which of the above do you think is by far the easiest to make?

England are through to the semi-finals

It wasn´t a dream, it wasn´t a hallucination: the England football club are through to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.  It´s a huge effort, it´s an enormous achievement, and considering that last time this happened was in 1990, I have every right to feel dizzy with excitement and hope for a stunning semi-final victory.

I watched the match with a group of young English lads who were fresh-faced, just out of high-school, and innocent of the years of heartache that the majority of English football fans have experienced over the last three decades.  They truly believed that England could do it.  I, on the other hand, willed myself to quash the stomach-wrenching feeling that England would, once again, under-perform.

So, the fear of defeat is broken, and I thank every single one of those lads who helped me to ride the exhilarating wave of football emotion. Come on England!

World Cup quarter-finals 2018

The World Cup 2018 tournament has been dramatic.  I have seen some brilliant football and some awful football.  I have watched high-ranking world-class teams crash out of the tournament during the group stages and three agonising penalty shootouts. As a sport lover and a huge football fan, it´s simply impossible to describe the illogical emotions that you go through when you watch and will your team to perform to the very best of their ability.  It´s a raw emotion, that  brings out the very best, and the very worst in people.

In general, I´m crazy about watching football because you get lost in the moment, cognitive reasoning is thrown out of the window, nothing outside of the pitch matters, and for a brief moment, you allow yourself to believe that anything is possible.  Come on England, I believe.

How do you make a cosmopolitan?

cosmopolitanA cosmopolitan, or informally a cosmo, is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice or sweetened lime juice.  It’s delicious!

Want to make one?  No problem.  Watch the video here

To cosmopolitan and beyond!

Is the cosmopolitan Janette’s summer cocktail of 2018?

Well, the ‘Cosmo’ was very popular for the girls in the hit TV series, Sex and the City, and it has also been recommended by my football mate in England.  However, I’m not sure I fancy this drink.  What do you reckon, is this going to be the summer cocktail of Málaga?

Civil Hospital Málaga: You are second-to-none!

Janette´s review of the hospital service at the Civil Hospital in Málaga: