The next place our cruise stopped was in Gibraltar, which is part of the UK. It is situated at the entrance of the mediterranean, close to Africa and at the very tip of Spain. The rest of the UK is nowhere near here so it was interesting to technically be in the UK, even though it was basically Spain. But they spoke english primarily and used the pound as their primary form of currency.
^^See the baby monkey??^^
^^This cliff was on the other side of the rock and the land in the distance is Africa.^^
^^"Let's take a selfie with Africa" - Richard^^
^^The lighthouse looking thing at the top of the rock is where our cable car dropped us off. I am telling you it was so scary steep.^^
One of the things we got to see while walking down the rock was St Michael's Caves. The description made it seem like these would be these intense caves that you could go exploring in, but they ended up being lit with different colored lights as part of an auditorium of sorts. It made taking pictures difficult and I feel like it took away from the natural beauty of the caves.
Once we were done in the caves, we continued our long walk down the rock toward the ape den. The roads down were quite narrow and there were constantly tour buses zipping past us at speeds that seemed unsafe for such a tiny road with such a huge drop off beyond the road. Not long before we arrived at the ape den, Richard and I both started to get hungry so we decided to eat a kind bar each to hold us over before lunch. Well we opened the plastic to the bar and all of a sudden there were three apes closing in on us. They warned us that the apes knew that plastic usually meant food and they were not kidding. Those apes came out of nowhere to try to find our food. It was funny and scary at the same time. We had to eat quickly and quietly so that they did not steal our food. Once we got to the ape den, there was only a few apes and so many people around that it was hard to even get a good look at them. The apes at the top were much better.
Everything after the apes was not really worth seeing, but we had time to kill so we were fine with it. We had to walk a few miles to go see some historic tunnels. We unfortunately could not get into the World War II tunnels because they required a pre-arranged tour and were sold out when we got there. Whoops. We also saw the Moorish Castle which was fun to explore. I wish we could have seen the front side of it a little better, but there were houses there. We walked through the castle and then took in the view from the top of the castle. We also saw an Alecia-sized door that we had to document.
The next day was an at sea day so we spent most of the day laying in the sun reading. The amount of sun we got was deceiving because it was cool and windy so I did not feel like I was getting any sun. By the end of the day I was super burnt and the worst part was that it was in random patches instead of being uniform. I had to apply ice to the burn in order to get some relief. I won't make that mistake again.
Gibraltar was another one of my favorite days of our whole trip. It was fun just exploring the area on our own at our own pace. We did so much walking and even though we were exhausted I would not change anything about the day.