We just got back from a week in and around Granada, Spain. It was such an incredible holiday… or sabbatical, as Dan likes to call it. I studied abroad in Granada for a semester in 2003 so I was eager to take advantage of Ryan Air’s £0.01 flights to Granada (ok, ok, with all the taxes & fees it is quite a lot more than that, but it’s still cheap!). And, thanks to generous wedding gifts (in euros) from Dan’s friends & family in Italy that we’d saved, we had the funds for the trip.
Granada is an magical city. Cave houses. La Albazin. Schwarmas. Flamenco. La Alhambra. Amazing tapas. Sunshine galore. Teterias. Snowy mountains. Sandy beaches. Breathtaking views of the city from the hills. It’s seeped in mystery and culture.
It was so great to be back and share this place w/Dan. We also went backpacking for three days in the Sierra Nevadas and climbed to the top of Spain’s highest mountain. The next night, when we were half way down the mountain, it rained and we woke to an fresh layer of snow icing the mountains above us. I think that was a special gift to us from JC. We explored the Moorish pueblos in La Alpujarra and then shed our warm clothes and headed to the beach for a swim in the Mediterranean. There’s no need to choose beach or mountains in Granada – you can have them both, hallelujah!