I’ve been trying to keep up with this blog but it’s so hard! I want to upload so many photos but the wi-fi is pretty slow… :P
so a quick update…
On Monday we went on a walking tour of the city center. We saw City Hall and the cathedral and Granada is beautiful! :)
Tuesday was when we went to El Albaycín. Basically, Granada is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada by two peaks. On top of one is the Alhambra, an old Moorish fortress/palace/city and facing it, on the other peak, is the Albaycín, the Moorish neighborhood. Behind these two is the Sacromonte, where the gypsies live. We hiked up to the top of the Albaycín. There were three main viewpoints from which we could see the Alhambra, and our tour guide kept calling the Alhambra “sexy”… at the first viewpoint, it was just sexy. From the second, it was sexy sexy. And from the last one, it was sexy sexy sexy. errr. It’s a beautiful area with all the white buildings and the Moorish-influenced architecture. We got to see the building where the mother of the last Arabic king lived; it had one of the nicest views of every direction and it was SO pretty. gahh
On Wednesday, we went to La Alhambra. We were able to visit the military area, the palaces, and the gardens. According to our tour guide, parts of the Alhambra were built in the 11th century. :O The Alhambra was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I want to post photos but I’m too impatient… maybe later :P Earlier that day, we took a level test for our classes and I went to a bar with my program group between the test and classes. I tried my first tinto de verano (half red wine and half lemon juice… ish) and it was pretty good. I didn’t really react to the one glass. Then I tried a sip of my friend’s pear flavored vodka and I turned bright red. YEAH ASIAN FLUSH
We started classes on Thursday. I got into a level 6 class, which means I didn’t forget too much of my AP Spanish knowledge! WHEE :) We have two professors, one who teaches for 3 hours on grammar, composition, reading, etc. and one who teaches one hour on conversation. My first professor, Susana, seems really nice but she’s on Spanish time, meaning she’s late all the time >.< Alfonso, the second professor, is hilarious and I’m really excited for the conversations we’ll have in that class. My class only had 5 people in it, and the one guy was frat-boy ish and slightly obnoxious but funny too. huh.
On Friday we had class again. Three new students, one of which is from Japan and one of whom studies at RIT, were added to our class.
We left early Saturday morning for Córdoba and Sevilla, which should hopefully be in another blog post. ackkk