So far other than Sevilla, Granada has been my favorite city. In all honesty though, I would probably just make it a day trip. Give yourself enough time to walk around and enjoy the city and the Alhambra. However back to my trip, I was complaining because I didn’t want to wake up at 7am and sit on a bus for hours, but once I arrived I was extremely surprised. My host mom kept telling me it would be cold, but cold to them is 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I was pleasantly surprised with how warm it was.
I spent most of my time wandering the city, and trying to take cool photos of the mountains. But sometimes (or well most of the time) cameras can’t capture the full magnitude of what you’re actually looking at. Especially for me because I’m still trying to figure out how to work my camera. Here are some shots:
A view of the mountains and what I would call a canal with no water
Houses on a hill
Just hanging out (get it? :] )
Kick, Push, Coast (also the mountains are gorgeous! Mom be proud I climbed a hill for this!)
At the time I was messing with lighting and silly me made it too dark but I really like the couple in the background, but I’m too lazy to edit this so just pretend.
My favorite place was the Alhambra. I’ve study the architecture of this palace in almost every one of my Spanish classes that I was dying to see it in person. It is absolutely gorgeous, and I could probably spend all day walking around the place (or at least if I wasn’t hungry.) I would give you all a history lesson, but let’s just be honest, you would much rather look at pictures and if it tickles your fancy you’ll look it up on wikipedia. So here are my pics:
It was really sunny out but here is the entrance.
Fountains. The loud one are Christian and the quiet ones are Muslim design (according to the tour guide. It was in Spanish so I might be wrong?)
It’s become a game to take pictures of other people taking pictures in the group. I got this one of Jackson and Caroline. Jackson is wearing a fedora that I think he got with free with shots he bought the night before. The hat rotated on everyone’s head before the end of the tour.
Our Tour Guide. A mix of Andy Sandberg and Ringo Star
A view of the gorgeous white houses in Granada (my host mom’s favorite!)
On January 2, this bell is supposed to give the ladies luck with their love lives. Too bad I missed it! But it’s funny because a lot of men wait at the bottom of the tower on this day, I’m sure they’re all viejo verdes.
The Flags of Granada
The water acts as an espejo (mirror) for a perfect reflection of the palace. It’s pretty awesome, and pictures will never do it justice. The math involved in the building is insane!
A picture of just the water. I kind of wish I had the app to get rid of strangers of in fotos.
Chelsea and Caroline. Can you spot what is funny about this picture?
Letras incorporated into the palace. The details of this palace are astonishing.
For me Granada was a success. Most likely because I was super excited to see the Alhambra and had low expectations for the rest of the city. I hope I haven’t hyped it up too, much!
- Seeing the Alhambra
- Wandering the city
- Desire to climb a mountain (for those of you who know me this is quite strange)
- Not needing a coat
- Skipping the discotecas
- Forgetting my passport and being yelled at my the man at the front desk
- Eating a lot of American food. I was craving it, and since they gave me money I couldn’t help myself.
- Not exploring more