Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Today I realized that I didn't bring ANYTHING green to Spain. How could I forget to prepare for the best day of the year?! Good thing I bought a semi green/mostly teal scarf. So that's the "green" I'll be wearing to Hannigan's Pub, where I'll be enjoying myself a Murphy's Irish Red to celebrate my heritage :).
Let's rewind a bit and talk about the weather we've been having here in Granada the past few weeks. Don't skip this paragraph! No, we're not experiencing anything under 40 degrees, but it has been raining much too much. I shouldn't be surprised.. it is Spring afterall, but you notice it a lot more when you have a 20 minute walk to school in a Roller Coaster Tycoon theme park. Everyone remember that game? It starts raining, everybody's umbrellas pop up, and nobody knows where to walk! For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, click here.
Speaking of Spring, this past Friday was "Dia de la Primavera" here in Granada. Do you all remember my blog about Carnival in Cadiz? This was worse. And by worse I mean more people and a bigger mess once it was all over. I left my house after lunch (around 3pm) to meet up with Cassie, and the streets were full of people carrying plastic bags of alcohol. Let me rewind a bit and give a little background..: "Dia de la Primavera" is the day Spaniards celebrate the beginning of Spring. In the past, there were parades, floats with flowers, etc. Then, people started drinking in the streets during the parade. Bars and restaurants got mad because people were buying alcohol from cheap "Chino stores" instead of hanging out inside the bars. Now, there is a designated area for the drinkers to hang out, which is where the people and their plastic bags full of alcohol were going. The picture associated with this blog was not taken by me, it was sent to me by a friend who was in the middle of the madness. You can imagine how the streets looked once it was all over..
On to something a little less crazy.. last week I finally went to the Arab baths and got a massage. A nice little break from all of these fiestas! The Arab baths I went to had 3 underground, naturally heated pools, everything lit by candles. The first bath was NOT heated, and I got tricked into jumping in. Not cool! The second was very shallow and hot, so of course I liked that one the best, and the third was about 4 feet deep and bath water temperature. There was also a sauna, and mini "caves" where they did massages. Needless to say, I'll be going back before finals.
Although finals are a long ways away, I do have my first midterm tomorrow. 4 of my 5 midterms will be before Semana Santa (my trip to London and Ireland), so I'll be doing lots of studying this week! I've already spent part of my morning studying, but took a break to go for a run before the rain came, and will take another to partake in the St. Pat's Day festivities. (See, it's not just a vacation.. I'm studying!)