Las Alpujarras & La Herradura
Over the course of a week, I trekked from some of the highest elevations in Granada to some of the lowest.
There are a series of small pueblos in the mountains about an hour outside of the city in Granada. The area is known as Alpujarras and our group took a curvy bus ride up this hillside and spent the majority of the day hiking back down. See my photo album for some beautiful vistas! One aspect that stood out to me was the smell. When we began to hike, I turned to my friend and said, "Do you smell that? Something smells so sweet!" Then I realized that was just the smell of fresh air. I had forgotten what fresh air smelled like! It was about time I got out of the city. We carefully climbed our way down dry creek beds, ascended rocky paths lined with evergreens, and stopped in some of the villages along the way. Overall a very enjoyable and heart-healthy experience.
It has finally warmed up enough to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach, which is exactly what my friends and I did. Originally, we wanted to get an apartment, but when our plans fell through, we settled for a long day lying on the sand instead. And it was so easy! We went to the bus station, bought a ticket to La Herradura, and rode the bus for an hour and a half. The bus dropped us off, we walked maybe 100 feet, and there it was! The Mediterranean. Joey brought a frisbee, Andrew a beach ball, others brought snacks, and I of course brought the sunscreen. Once the sun began to set and goosebumps appeared on my arms, we walked back to where we were dropped off. We hopped on the bus, arrived at the bus station, and walked back to our apartments. Splendid!
Shout outs of today's blog go to:
Savta: For lunch today I ate delicious lasagna made by my host mom, Eloisa. It reminded me of the lasagna you made for me over winter break. Que rico!
William and Mary students: My midterms have finally finished and they all went smoothly! Perhaps the best midterm week I've had in a long time. That's one thing I definitely don't miss about home.
All: can anyone guess what La Herradura means? The more creative your answer, the more brownie points.
Hasta la próxima,