Well firstly apologies for not updating our blog over the last couple of weeks. We have had quite an “adventurous” time and one that we don’t want to repeat.
In summary we travelled along the coast heading in the direction of Fuengirola as had a pre-planned rendevouz with my Mum who was visiting for the week from the 21st. We decided to stop off at Benalmadena for a few days beforehand. Parking behind the Sunset Beach Hotel (GPS 36.581527-4.536555) recommended by Ian and Julia who we had met in Fuengirola previously. It would appear though that when we park right next to a beach the weather has a tendancy to change and the prediction of heavy clouds and rain was on this occasion correct. Shortly after parking up Paul when off for a walk and got chatting to another motorhomer Dave and during the conversation he mentioned my name and Dave asked him “you wouldn’t happen to be Paul would you” “yes” he replied a little confused as to how Dave knew of him. Dave and his partner Anne-Marie had met up with Julia and Ian shortly before we arrived and they had told them they we may be on our way and to look out for us. We didn’t know at this point how important our meeting them would be. After spending a few days avoiding the downpours we decided to head along the coast to Fuengirola. When we arrived mid-afternoon Dave and Anne-Marie were already there so we spent an afternoon and evening together walking and having a bite to eat.
Making New Friends in Benalmadena
The following day the sun was back out so after nipping to the supermarket to get some provisions for my Mums arrival late that night Paul and I decided to head to the beach just in front of our parking area. We settled in to reading our books and after only ½ hour Paul looked down and noticed that his bag was gone. It had been right there in between our chairs and we hadn’t moved! How could we not have noticed (later we found out that apparently it’s common for thieves to use umbrellas with hooked handles to snaffle bags away). Panic set in and we leapt up looking for the culprit. Our 1st thought was for our motorhome as along with wallet and phone the keys to our vehicle were also in the bag! Paul ran back to Boris whilst I gathered the rest of our belongings up. Just as I was leaving the beach I spotted a police car and flagged them down telling them what had happened they made their way across to the parking area. Fortunately we had a spare set of keys inside the motorhome so the police arranged for a locksmith to come out and get us into the vehicle to retrieve them. We made the decision immediately to move the MH however on trying the spare keys they wouldn’t deactivate the immobiliser so therefore the engine wouldn’t start!!!
The following 2 days consisted of dozens of phone calls, 4 tow trucks (until they got one big enough), a technician to re-program the key (this is how we discovered the keys were faulty) before we finally got Boris on to a low loader and got him to a secure parking area in Malaga. During this whole event Dave and Anne-Marie stayed with us, even following the tow truck to Malaga at 11.30pm so that they could bring us back to Fuengirola where my Mum and her friend Denise now were.
Tow truck mayhem
Returning the Fuengirola we booked into the same hotel as my Mum so that at least we got the opportunity to spend time with them whilst they were here. In between numerous phone calls trying to sort out replacement keys, insurances and police reports.
Although we still had lots to deal with we were determined to have a good week with Mum and Denise and managed to do just that. Visiting Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Mijas with them, by the time they left they’d worn us out!!!
A week of eating, drinking and sightseeing
Due to the local Ferria in Fuengirola the hotel was fully booked so on Saturday 29th so we have moved and are currently in an all inclusive hotel in Torremolinos (as it was costing us a fortune eating out all the time) and are here until our keys are sorted which we hope will be soon as we are missing our time on the road. Dave and Anne-Marie came to our rescue again after coming back to Fuengirolla to meet up for a day at the Feria they dropped us at our new location. Its amazing how 2 weeks ago we had not even met, but I’m sure we will be friends for life after all their kindness.
Our 2 weeks in summary
- Chance meeting with friends of Julia and Ian (who we met in Fuengirola earlier in the year and spend Pauls 50th with) led to having endless support and kindness. We can’t thank you enough Dave and Anne-Marie.
- Bag stolen from beach in Fuengirola 21st April the day before Mum was arriving
- Locksmith to break into motorhome to get to spare keys
- calls to cancel bank cards, order new driving license etc
- Discovering that immobilser is stuck on
- Technician is organised to re-program key (unfortunately this failed as key is faulty)
- Visit police station to file report
- Stuck in car park for 2 days whilst recovery sorted 4 trucks and a tow later we finally got moved
- Phone blocked due to high call amounts – limit had to be lifted
- Boris taken to secure compound in Malaga on Friday 22nd
- Monday 25th go to local police lost and found to check if property been found
- Wed 27th replacement keys finally ordered
- Sat 30th moved to hotel in Torremolinos to await new keys
- Sun 30th filled in mounds of paperwork for lost items for holiday insurance
Hoping our next chapter will be a little less eventful
Love Andi and Paul (still smiling)