Janet left early in the morning to get a rental car (much cheaper than bus rides for all of us), so that we could drive to Nerja, a coastal town that has a huge cave that was used by prehistoric humans. It would be a 1 hour drive. From there we would meet up with other worldschooling families and play with other worldschooling kids there.
After driving to Nerja, we parked in a parking lot that cost us only 1 euro, and walked a short distance into an open area that around us had the entrance to the cave, the museum for the cave, a place to get tickets for the cave, and a restaurant for the cave. All were a little expensive. We got our tickets and our automatic audio guides, and descended into the cavec. We walked down into the cave, and the start was a little cramped, a small hallway that occasionally opened up into some bigger hallways. The stalactites and stalagmites were amazing, and all sorts of different patterns on the walls and ceilings. The whole place was formed with water seeping through the ground and forming the cave, and using the limestone to create all the cool patterns on the walls, much like The Rio Secreto, which we went to on our trip to Mexico. There should be a blog post about it somewhere in this website. But then it happened, it suddenly opened up into a massive cavern, which contained the stalactite and stalagmite (they had combined, the stalactite from the ceiling, and the stalagmite from the floor, to basically form a big column) that holds the Guinness world record for the biggest one in the whole entire world! The path led us all around the cave, up and down, around and behind, going all sorts of places, the whole time talking about the cave’s history.
The cave was actually discovered by 5 teenage boys in 1959 who wandered into the cave, and probably got very creeped out when they found ancient skeletons. They would have thought that those were skeletons of people who had gotten lost in the cave and died because they never found their way out. What they really were was cavemen skeletons, buried under a pile of rocks many years ago. The audio guides also talked about the area and how it was formed, and how it was used by people so many years ago.
At the end of the journey through the cave they were sure to remind us to visit the museum, which of course, you had to pay for.
From there we took the short drive to La Herradura, another coastal town were we met up with at least 5 other worldschooling families that had all ended up here, in southern Spain. Some were just on a short vacation with their kids, others were doing it for 5 months to a year, and others for many years. Some had just started their adventures, while others had been on their treks visiting and experiencing the world for quite a long time. Everybody there spoke English. Some were from America, while others were from England, and had British accents. It was so weird to have everybody speaking English! We found other kids, and dug huge holes (anybody read the book Holes?), and played in the water and sand. In the end we buried ourselves in sand, and then got to break out. We had a lot of trouble with other kids wanting to join and there not being enough room or buckets for them, and then having them accidentally spill sand into our hole, which we had to scoop out all over again. We did this while the adults talked about worldschooling and what each other were doing.
The meet-up happens every Tuesday in that same town, and I think we will go next week.
We had a lot of fun in the beaches in La Herradura, and in the cave in Nerja, and we will return to have more fun with other families next week!
Below: Nerja Cave
Below: Us having fun with other kids at the beach