I’m going to try and retrospectively publish the posts of Marbella on the days I took the pictures, though sometimes a post is multiple days. It’s sort of a memory mapped to dates to fill in the absences.
Another early rise, though not as early as the flight that brought me here. Eleven nights in Marbella, and 21,000€ including the taxi from the airport. One new-ish top third of a face, recovery periods of days, weeks, fortnights, six weeks, months out to a year. Slow, slow, slow. Slow time. I look like me, but me that I recognise more. I feel like me, when I close my eyes and touch my forehead. Already a year just to get to here, already the fourth attempt on top of a lifetime of turning off hoping so I could ride out the disappointment of those previous failed attempts and the ocean of need to do this that preceded all of them.
Finally fucking did it. Finally fucking was able to do it. Alhamdulillah.
Marbella to Berlin – 1: sunrise on the coast heading to Malaga Airport
Marbella to Berlin – 2: Malaga Airport waiting to Speedy Board
Marbella to Berlin – 3: one of the pilots
Marbella to Berlin – 4: holding on the runway
Marbella to Berlin – 5: take-off, ascending, heading south over the Mediterranean before hanging a u-turn east
Marbella to Berlin – 6: landfall, Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama, with Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo
Marbella to Berlin – 7: still ascending heading back north-east-ish
Marbella to Berlin – 8: an island somewhere east of Spain, Formentera
Marbella to Berlin – 9: the north coast of that posh island rich white people buy homes on, Majorca
Marbella to Berlin – 10: Brandenburg, coming in to land, south-west of Berlin
Marbella to Berlin – 11: one of the pilots again
Photo by Isabella, who also put the stitches in a week ago, and came and washed the mess most days in-between.
There’s a line in there about “Bitches got Stitches” or something, I’m just too post-anaesthetic to figure it out. “Facial peel” though, lol, yes.
FACIALTEAM, HC International Hospital Marbella. June 21st 2019, 11:28, stitches removed
The locals in Marbella old town all have ceramic planters, tubs, window boxes and baskets full of flowers, succulents, spiky dry climate greenery, monstrous tree-sized explosions of magenta and pink, palms, ferns, trees, shrubs, vines and climbers. Also banyan fig and magnolias. Very deeply lush and fecund and herbaceous.
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 1
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 2
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 3
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 4
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 5
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 6
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 7
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 8
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 9
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 10
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 11
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 12
Herbaceous Floral Succulent – 13
At Plaza Santo Sepulcro. She looks a bit young, to be honest, like definitely not whatever her age was when she pushed out sandal boy plus his age when he got crucified.
Maria in Capilla del Santo Sepulcro (1994)
A trio of tourist information signs for Castillo Alcazaba and Marbella old town I photographed early Friday morning to remember where I’d been.
Marbella Centro Histórico, Castillo Alcazaba, Siglo X, somewhere along Calle Carmen steps
Alcazaba de la Medina Medieval de la Marbella, on the north side of Plaza Iglesia
Marbella Old Town ceramic map, at the information centre in Plaza Santo Sepulcro
Marbella Old Town ceramic map, places of interest
Marbella Old Town ceramic map, list of streets
Some post-surgery wandering through Marbella old town, mostly on early Friday morning (pre-breakfast even) cos my panda eyes / subcutaneous corpse paint / 🐼 / 💀 was scaring locals and tourists alike.
Marbella Old Town Streets – 1: Ermita del Santo Christo de la Vera Cruz from Plaza Santo Christo
Marbella Old Town Streets – 2: looking north from my balcony at Calle Lobatas 31 to La Concha
Marbella Old Town Streets – 3: looking south down Calle Lobatas
Marbella Old Town Streets – 4: the blue-balconied house on Calle Ancha just up from Calle Princesa
Marbella Old Town Streets – 5: top of Calle Aduar at Plaza Leganitos looking down the hill to the sea
Marbella Old Town Streets – 6: the wooden box windows of the house on the east side of Calle Aduar (I think)
Marbella Old Town Streets – 7: looking south-west from possibly Calle Corrales Altos or Calle Corrales Bajos
Marbella Old Town Streets – 8: Edificio Postigo on Calle Postigos
Marbella Old Town Streets – 9: looking south-west on Calle Postigos up from Calle Portada
Marbella Old Town Streets – 10: the north-east exit from Plaza Castillo
Marbella Old Town Streets – 11: somewhere along Calle Castillo maybe
Marbella Old Town Streets – 12: looking west from Calle Castillo towards Plaza San Bernabe
Marbella Old Town Streets – 13: the hard corner turn at the southern end of Calle Castillo
Marbella Old Town Streets – 14: Plaza San Bernabe towards Colegio Maria Auxiliadora
Marbella Old Town Streets – 15: down the steps of Calle Carmen looking south towards Plaza Iglesia
Marbella Old Town Streets – 16: looking up at Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Encarnación
Marbella Old Town Streets – 17: looking up at the main entrance to Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Encarnación
Don’t smack your fresh surgery on low fucking door frames, Frances. Also, a reminder that your physio is basically Ray Palmer from Legends of Tomorrow, and your taxi driver is Vin Diesel.
FACIALTEAM, HC International Hospital Marbella. June 18th 2019, 13:34, waiting for lymph drainage
Or, Alcazaba de la Medina Medieval de Marbella, from the very Arab Muslim 10th century.
Castillo Alcabaza – 1: near the corner of Calles Solano and Escuelas
Castillo Alcabaza – 2: Calle Arte
Castillo Alcabaza – 3: Calle Arte
Castillo Alcabaza – 4: Calle Arte
Castillo Alcabaza – 5: Plaza Iglesia near the corner of Calle Carmen
Castillo Alcabaza – 6: Calle Trinidad
Legit I ate all of that and was still hungry.
La Villa Marbella. June 16th 2019, 08:35 first breakfast and coffee