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Granada, Oh Granada…

by Elysse Alvarado

Dale limosna, mujer, que no hay en la vida nada como la pena de ser ciego en Granada. – Francisco de Icaza

Give your alms, woman, that there is in life nothing like the pain of being blind in Granada. – Francisco de Icaza

This quote is the only way I can begin to describe Granada.

It is unlike any place I’ve ever been. The city is an endless visual feast. I have only been here for six days, but I am already loving Granada more than I ever thought I could love a city. Every day is another delicious meal. It is filled to the brim with culture and art. Music is everywhere- in alleyways, in cafés and every hour the Cathedral bells harmoniously boast about their dazzling city.

I have been in Granada a total of six days and it has been a complete whirlwind. My homestay is an experience in itself. Speaking Spanish every day is a major challenge, but there is no better way to learn. I am certain that I am going to learn so much Spanish this semester.

And the food! The food is delicious. Beyond delicious. From tostadas con tomates to jamon serrano, nothing is not delicious. But, food will have to be another post entirely.

I am in no way a seasoned traveler. I take pride in being a tourist. I explore to explore and get lost simply to get lost in my new home. These next few months will be an adventure and definitely unlike anything I have ever done. I plan to see as much as possible, eat (well… in moderation) and learn as much as I can.

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