*This blog post was written when I studied abroad in Granada in 2009. Though it is certainly not up to the quality of the articles I currently write, I didn’t want to lose the humble beginnings of this blog (at the time called European Escapades). Bear this in mind, and check back, as I plan to write more informative posts with photographs about many of the places I visited while studying abroad.*
That title doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, I just saw it on a poster. Although I guess it kind of represents the randomness and diversity in Granada that everyday takes me by surprise and makes me laugh/smile. As I was walking home just now (I made it in just in time! It’s pouring now.) I made a mental list of things that strike me as out of the ordinary judging by US standards, but are pretty common here.
-Old women/ women in general walking arm in arm down the streets. Cutest thing ever
-Dreadlocks. If you count one strand of matted hair as a dreadlock, I have seen at least 1,000’s of dreadlocks
-Semi-broken english/ random english phrases on t-shirts. (ex. “Friends That Speak French,” “I
-Places that you stumble upon with beautiful graffiti murals
-Markets that only sell spices and herbs
-Gorgeous girls who dress like boys
-Girls’ underwear hanging out (it’s def. a fashion statement, not an accident)
Anyway, I am really enjoying my time here so far. Since the weather has cooled down, it’s really comfortable so I’m sleeping better and haven’t been sooooo tired, although still pretty tired. Classes have been good so far. Originally I was in Spanish, Islamic civilization, Mediterranean Politics, Islamic Art and Architecture and Flamenco, but today I swapped Mediterranean Politics for Women in Mediterranean Film. Sooo happy, cause Politics seemed like it was going to be superrrrr hard, and I am not ready to deal with that.
Sometimes I randomly walk around taking pictures, so I’ll continue to do that, because its much more pleasant to take pics on leisure time as opposed to class “field trips” when we’re supposed to be taking notes and listening to the professor. Today we had our first excursion for Art and architecture (from here on “art and arch”). We walked around plaza Bib Rambla, La Alcaiceria, and this old hotel. Everything was gorgeous, so I will go back to take pics to post on facebook.
Yesterday I had my first flamenco class which was really interesting. I think tomorrow will be better since we all got our shoes yesterday (54 euros blahhh). I think it will be challenging because it involves stepping and clapping and hand movements and being AWESOME. For those of you who haven’t really seen a flamenco dancer, youtube it ASAP. It’s really impressive.
Tonight we’re going to a chupiteria (shot bar, 120 different shots!) and a discoteca called Granada 10. I hope its fun. Anyway, thats all for now. This weekend we’re going to Ronda and Sevilla, so I’ll update after that!