I’m just gonna copy straight from my journal and I’ll add pictures later (after I steal them from our best student photographer ;) ) Here we go:
Yesterday was a whirlwind adventure (as most of our little side trips are) to Gibraltar!! Wow. So amazing and so fun.
My day began at 5am when I woke up to meet Kelsie, Kyle, Kelli, and Jessica at our plaza to make the 45 min walk to the bus station. We bought tickets (24€) and boarded the bus for a 3 hour ride…
Upon arrival we see The Rock, we also see the airport’s tarmak in between us and taht rock. Yep, visitors cross the runway like it’s any other street, flash our passports tot he security guard and boom! we’re in UK territory—english people, fish & chips, and even cloudy, windy, rainy skies. Lots of tour guides offering rides to the top, but since we’re all young and able, we decided chose to walk. 3 hour hike-piece of cake right?-wrong!! (Have you seen this mountain?!)
Our first stop was at the Pillars of Hercules at Jew’s Gate where we could see Africa across the Straight. Instant energy boost and revival. These pillars signify the furthermost limits reached by Hercules. On one side of the monument, we see the Ancient World and on the other side, the Modern World which shows that Gibraltar is the point where the Eastern world meets the Western.
The hike continues UP to our next stop at St. Michael’s Cave-home of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave now holds a concert stage and seating but the history is far more interesting than that. First, in 1974, a Neolithic skull was found in the cave proving to archaeologist that Prehistoric man knew of these caves—also arising the proposal that the cave reaches all the way to Africa, thus providing the passageway for the first apes-“monos”. The cave was used as a military barrack in various times dating all the way back to 711 AD.
When we exited the caves we saw the monos! They are so active and everywhere, jumping on cars, roaming the gift shop, sleeping in the sun. Watch your head though, because they will jump (see vids and pics!).
Next stop…the tip TOP! ahh what a feeling of accomplishment. We got some awesome pictures and were taken aback by the views and significance of our location. So invigorating! More monos on the way back down. My initial thought of these animals—“how cute!” and “aww I can’t wait to pet them and hold the babies!”. Wrong again!!! The biggest, blackest, and meanest looking ape jumped on my backpack!! Holy crap it was scary! Granted, I’d be a little more composed next time but I dropped my backpack and ran! Luckily, Kyle scared him away and the stupid ape didn’t steal anything but YIKES! I was watching my back the rest of the day, and when we took the super steep and narrow staircase down, that same damn ape was on the steps too and I practically had to touch him walking by!
After seeing a couple more things like the Moorish castle, WWII tunnels, and The Great Seige Tunnel, we were finished. So with tired feet and exhausted legs, we got back on the bus and came back to Malaga (: