Wow! It’s been so long since I wrote anything on this blog. A whole season of missing in action, of sorts. I’d like to say/write that I’m back for good and will do better job updating but that’s not the truth. I don’t think I’m ready to commit to blogging fully, just yet.
I must admit I’ve struggled in finding inspiration in the last few months. A part of me wants to start new and the other is not quite there yet. The time will come and I’ll make my decision then.
I’m still in Poland, for another month. Got my return ticket to Canada in one hand and am ready to move on to the next adventure. Where will it take me? Who knows! But I’m soooo excited! They say change is the only constant thing in life and I definitely agree. In fact, change could be my middle name.
This post however is meant to be a postcard from Granada, Spain. It’s a city very close to my heart. I have lived there for 7 months in 2009/2010.
I have always dreamed about living in Spain and studied Spanish with that in mind, a few years prior, so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it. I loved living there. It was my first true solo adventure. I’ve had my first couch-surfing experiences, a fun hostel job and have made friends for life there. It has also changed a course of my life in a way.. when I met a boy who has introduced me to my soul place: New Orleans. That’s a story for a separate post though ;)
I haven’t visited Granada in 9 years and this trip was so overdue! As soon as I landed I knew that 5 days there were not going to be enough. The city hasn’t changed much since 2010 but I wish I had more time to spend exploring my past favourite spots and get to know some new ones. I guess I’ll have to come back and stay longer next time. So much to see and do! I so recommend it to everyone!
A bit of tourist info.. Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, in a southern part of Spain - Andalucia. The city is full of Spanish-Islamic art and home to the Alhambra, an Islamic palace, one of the most visited monuments in Spain. A place filled with the Arabic inscriptions and tile mosaics.
During the Moor rule, Granada was a city of many religions and ethnicities: Arabs, Christians and Jews. All living in the same city but separate neighbourhoods.
Albaicín (Albayzín), for one, was/is an ancient Moorish quarter located on the hill, full of whitewashed buildings, narrow winding streets and has one of the best views of Alhambra and Sierra Nevada mountains - El Mirador (at Plaza de San Nicolas). BELOW.
The location, different cultures, the breathtaking architecture and amazing street art (worth a separate post, truly) is what makes Granada so special and why it welcomes so many wanderers each year.
I’ve scratched that travel itch a bit and will scratch it again next week when I travel to Berlin for the first time since the 80s! That should be a treat!