After an exciting evening of Flamenco to start off our time in Granada with a flourish, we could not wait to get to know the city better! Even the drizzly weather could not stop us from plunging right into our explorations (though we have been very glad of our rain jackets and ability to take shelter inside cozy cafes!).
The past two days we have been able to see visually what we had previously only learned about in class: the influences, impacts, and interactions of the significant cultures in Granada's history (namely, Muslim and Spanish). We've seen Christian Renaissance churches, Arab Baths dating from the Pre-Castillian Conquest era, the tomb of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, and the first Mosque built in Granada since the suppression of Islam after the Castillian take-over of the city (some of us were even fortunate enough to witness the Call to Prayer as we were leaving-a truly powerful experience).
In between all of this, we've been introduced to churros con chocolate (a popular snack that's a little too tasty!), navigated our way around the narrow, winding, uphill cobbled streets of Albaicin (Granada's "Old Town"), tested our knowledge of the Spanish Language, and started to think more in-depth about our own walking and that of others we encounter in our daily journeys. It's safe to say we've been having a grand old time discovering all these new things!
We are all very excited to visit the Alhambra tomorrow. What's the Alhambra, you ask? Stay tuned, your answer will come in our next installment. Nos vemos!
P.S. Fun Fact: Did you know that Granada is the Spanish word for pomegranate? The image of the fruit is used as a motif throughout the city. Yum!