Aaah, the motherland. I feel that every time I return, it is a pinnacle moment in my life. Maybe I return because I know it invigorates me and allows me to open my eyes and my heart… but sometimes I know I arrive with no expectations and leave with a few surprises. This is the second trip this year I have taken with my sister and my mother and I feel fortunate and blessed; not only to have such amazing and influential people in my life but also to be able to take the time to explore with them…

So of course our break was a combination of visiting family, me getting my Pilates and Yoga fix and a lot of strolls, meeting new people and road trips. One of the first places we went to was El Palmar; I hadn’t been in years and being the budding surfer I am (by that I mean a beginner who craves to live by the sea in order to practice more!) it was a must-go. If you like a long stretch of sand, shacks and lounge bars and you want to learn how to surf, El Palmar is a great place to visit. If you are just looking to sunbathe be aware as this coast can get gusty!

CalI me crazy but I do love getting active whilst I’m away. I guess its the sea air, the beautiful scenery and the sunshine that gives me that extra get up and go! From 10k runs beside the sea, to Yoga and Pilates classes in and out of the studio I was in heaven – for this reason I feel so blessed to do what I do because it isn’t something I simply do ‘at work’ for me its my lifestyle and my passion that I carry with me wherever I go..

We also found some fantastic health food stores that we hadn’t visited before and even came across a Kombucheria which has been there for years but we had never known about (this is what I love about returning to Costa de La Luz- so much to discover!) I took the opportunity to make some scrumptious recipes including these chickpea and saffron patties…

The other thing I love to do when Im back is catch up with my family and in particular over home-cooked lunches at my Great Aunts and Uncles whilst hearing her tell stories of her childhood, of the way things were and then scouring over the family photos…

This is my great Aunt and my great grandmother… I love seeing these pictures as it really does feel like a whole lifetime and more away and even though I have spent most of my childhood in the UK, honestly, Spain has always felt like the motherland and Ive always been more in tune with how things have changed over the years and been aware of seeing the lifestyle, the setting and the culture evolve. I look forward to my next lunch with you Tia Mercedes and Tio Pepe.. 🙂