An American, A Swiss, and A Norwegian Walk into a Bar…

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Tetería/ Hookah Lounge

Well it wasn’t really a bar, it was actually more of a hookah lounge and tetería (tea place). Had you told me two weeks ago that I would be drinking the most delicious almond tea with a group of friends from all over the world in Granada, I wouldn’t have believed it. But there I was, sipping tea in a cozy yet smoke-filled tetería/hookah lounge in the city center.

I spent this past Saturday and Sunday in Granada and even though it was a short trip, I think it was just enough time to see what the city had to offer.

Right after checking into the hotel we were given two hours of free time to explore on our own, go shopping, and eat lunch. I went with two girls to a small- yet very popular- tapas restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious (we got different types of sandwiches and two tapas to share) and I was amazed by how cheap the food was. I have to say that my favorite tapa dish is still the tortilla española, it is like a thick omelette with potatoes.

Next, we went on a short walking tour of the city. Granada is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which meant it was much colder there than in Sevilla. It also meant that the peaks of the mountains were covered in snow, which was beautiful to see. IMG_7629

The next day we went on a four hour guided tour of La Alhambra which is a palace that is easily one of Spain’s biggest tourist attractions. It was built by the Arabs but also has many Christian influences since it was completed near the end of the Muslim rule of Spain. Both of these religions are seen in its amazing architecture.

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In addition, a lot of the architecture uses plaster.
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My favorite part of the Alhambra was definitely the view from one of its towers. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it. I especially love how similar all of the white houses look.

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After being here almost three weeks, I’ve discovered that studying in Spain with a language school is quite amazing. Not just because my Spanish is improving or that I get to go on trips like this one, but mainly because my friends here are from all parts of the world. While visiting Granada, I learned a lot about other cultures besides Spain through conversations with my friends and other international students on the trip.

With all of these weekend trips I haven’t had too much time to properly explore Sevilla yet, but that is on the itinerary for this upcoming week!

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