One odd, middle-eastern influenced city...

Granada Travel Blog

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La Alhambra, just so gorgeous!
    We took the train from Sevilla to Granada.  This one was slower and the constant movement of a shaky train apparently puts me to sleep in under a minute.  This was most embarassing when I'd try write in my journal but instead I'd fall asleep and wake up with pen all over me. 
    We stayed in a 4-star hotel, which was very, very nice.  Heated towel racks, continental breakfast, and it was in a very central-spot.  Granada was interesting . . .to say the least. 
    The Spanish lisp was most apparent here.  It made it much harder for me to understand anyone, especially the guy in the sandwich shop that we ate at multiple times.
Everything was covered in intricate detailing.
  There was a huge amount of middle-eastern influence, which is weird, because this influence has existed for about one-thousand years.  I actually paid this guy on the street a few euros to write a few names in arabic on nice paper for me.  I got my last name and "Sarah" for me and one for my sis.  Arabic is a phonetic language, so I'm not sure my last name actually worked out so well.  Arabic is really gorgeous, though.  There were the most gypsies, street performers, and potential pick-pocketers here, so we had to be extra careful. 
    The Alhambra was amazing, HUGE, very intricate, and sunny.  I tried to imagine what it would have looked like when it was actually in use.  And I still have yet to read the Washington Irving book "The Alhambra," which I bought there.  In the evening, we walked around the city and went into some sketchy shops.  Any and every kind of device used for smoking could have been found in these shops.  They had gorgeous mini-hookah pipe things...but they're breakable and customs would have grilled my ass if I brought one back. 
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La Alhambra, just so gorgeous!
La Alhambra, just so gorgeous!
Everything was covered in intricat…
Everything was covered in intrica…
photo by: Chokk