I'm just back from Malaga in Spain, where I was a member of a PhD thesis defence panel. It was a very interesting thesis, which I enjoyed reading, and I got to meet up with several colleagues, and have lots on good conversation.
Friday breakfast was churros (fried dough) which are eaten after being dipped in thick hot chocolate -- very more-ish.
Lunch was paella and grilled swordfish on the beach, "serenaded" by green parakeets in the palm trees. The warm sunshine made a pleasant change from the grey and raining England I had left 24 hours earlier, but I did make sure to sit in the shade.
Dinner, after the defence, was a kind of "up market" tapas, in that there was lots of (relatively) small, varied, delicious and ... different ... courses.
- Pear draped in salmon covered with blue cheese, accompanied by blackberries
- Ham and honey crepes
- Cod in a tomato sauce (okay, quite tame in comparison, really)
- Lamb, goats cheese, and sweet onion chutney
- Pork and pate rounds with strawberry sauce
Oh, and in between all the meals, as well as the defence there were meetings, presentations, discussions ... and coffee.