One of the many reasons why I choose to study abroad with API was all their excursions they plan around Spain. This weekend we got the opportunity to visit Granada.
Granada is a city built on a mountainside. It was quite a change in scenery from Seville. While Seville is flat, Granada is full of hills. Our hotel was situated right on top of a large hill and we had to walk down to the city center. With our heavy breathing and sore bodies after descending and ascending the hill all day, our whole group was thankful for the flatness of Seville.
Granada was filled with Spanish character and culture. One of the many unique things about Granada is that when you order a drink, you get free tapas. The drinks are not more expensive than other Spanish cities and it is so fun to be surprised with tapas. With our sangrias, we got a fish tapas and a rice dish. It was quite the experience and something Seville should adopt. In the afternoon, we visited the Chapel where Ferdinand and Isabella are buried and finished with a treat from API, churros with chocolate. So yummy!
The highlight of the trip was the Flamenco dancing in the evening. After dinner, our whole group trekked up another hill and arrived in the gypsy section of the city where their houses are built right into the mountain. We entered a small room with chairs lining the walls. The Flamenco dancers danced inches from our faces. With their beautiful costumes and quick feet, everyone was amazed at their ability and had a great time. It was like nothing I have ever seen, a very personal show with extremely talented dancers. The next morning, we visited the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a Muslim palace and fortress. The property was huge and up on the mountain offering breathtaking views of the city below. All the carvings and moldings were ornate and truly a masterpiece.
These last two weeks have been packed with traveling, from Madrid, to El Escorial, to Toledo, to Cordoba, to Seville, and finally Granada. It has been a whirlwind of two weeks. It feels as if time has flown, but at the same time, it feels as if I have been calling Spain my home for a month. I am excited to continue to explore Spain and my city Seville in the weeks and months to come.