Second trip: Andalucía

SEMANA SANTA!

You don’t know what that means? Well, neither did I. Now I do. Very well. It’s the week of the saints, or ‘springbreak with a lot of processions’. During springbreak, I visited Andalucía. I went to Granada, Málaga and Córdoba.

First, I was planning on using BlaBlaCar and Couchsurfing, but I changed my mind. Instead, I went with BeMadrid. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

When we arrived, it was at a five star hotel in Granada. We soon went to Alhambra. The tour was in Spanish, so I hope I remember it correctly when I say it means ‘Red Castle’ and it’s called like that because the castle lights up in red when the sun sets. I saw it and it’s magnificent.

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When I went, I was a little bit nervous. I didn’t really know anyone; I was going alone. However, even before I left for Andalucía, I already got into contact with a girl with whom I would share the room with. In Granada I went out for dinner with people from all over the world, like Germany, Mexico and Italy. I had nothing to worry about.

The next day, Saturday, we did a walking tour in Granada. Then we left for Málaga, where I had my first swim in Spain (only after convincing myself that it couldn’t be much worse than a New Year’s Dive). There are no words for how bonding diving into the cold sea can be. Málaga was also the place where I would see my first procession.

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The next day came pretty quick, since we used the night to its fullest as well. Our last day, Monday, included a walking tour through Málaga and a trip to Córdoba. The cathedral, the Mezquita, was so serene… I never got the right impression through photos. But, because I know you’re curious, here is a photo anyways:

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While I was just looking for a place to spend my springbreak, I got so much more. I met new people, I learned to be carefree when diving in the sea, I saw new cultures and arts and I saw the religious festivals that make the holidays into Semana Santa.

And, most important of all: my roommate told me I got a little tan.

P.S.: I got back Monday night, so I will blog about the rest of the week next Sunday!

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