Adio Andalucia

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The streets of Granada and why I wanted to spend loads of money there

I´m writing this on a very annoying computer that keeps trying to translate everything into Spanish. I´m currently killing time until 19:00 when I will then have a fun filled 14 hour journey to Santiago de Compostela. I can´t believe the time to leave the South has arrived already. I still have a lot to sort out but so far have not been very productive.

So Granada has been fun though I have to admit it is a pretty small city and a few hours ago I went on a walk to pass the time and swear I nearly got to the Sierra Nevada before deciding to turn back. I made friends with a Mexican girl at the hostel and we spent yesterday together shopping and then in the evening hopping round bars and taking advantage of the free tapas.

The Cathedral in Granada
Granada feels like a very generous city! She has gone to Barcelona today. Last night we went to a Flamenco show at Chien Andalou and I enjoyed it though not as much as the show I saw all those weeks ago in Sevilla. It was a small space and the dancer was very good and mesmerising, though she felt like a poor man´s version of the girl I saw in Sevilla and there really isn´t a nice way to say that. At 1 AM we returned, I decided to bung everything into th locker and then realised just as I closed the padlock that the keys to it were in my bag, in the locker. Oops. I went downstairs and explained the situation to the bewildered looking man at the front desk who said it was only his 2nd day and we would have to wait until tomorrow.

I´m a worrier, and if I have something on my mind then it will just replay over and over in my head. So last night I had dreams of emergency lock smiths being called or 500 pund bills or a brand new locker as they had to kick it in, or firemen being called etc etc. This morning I went downstairs, tail between my leg, and had to explain the situation again to the poor staff and a coach load of Americans. Obviously the message had not been passed on so I was told to wait upstairs and they would try and help me. It didn´t help that both sets of keys were inside the locker. I attempted to bust it open with an earring, a kirby grip and even tried to hook my handbag with my toothbrush (one card short of a full pack I am) until the calvalry came and broke the padlock. They kept my 5 euro deposit, I left my suitcase in the luggage room and soon I will return for the last time. If you are coming to Granada, I highly recommend White Nest Hostel. It made my very first hostel experience as unscary as you can get; the facilities are fab, its clean and funky and the staff are lovely and don´t shout at you when you do something really stupid. We even had pizza for the Spain Vs Portugal match and cake a couple of days later for the manager´s birthday. Qye guay!

Well I´m off to have some mint tea and hopefully a free tapas. I will miss Andalucia but am looking forward to seeing the North. 14 hour coach ride here I come...

Gemma_B says:
P.S I named it Adio Andalucia on purpose; they drop the 'S' in Adios in the South. Its a joke. Ha
Posted on: Aug 26, 2010
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The streets of Granada and why I w…
The streets of Granada and why I …
The Cathedral in Granada
The Cathedral in Granada
View of the Alhambra
View of the Alhambra
The street where my hostel was
The street where my hostel was
Inside the Alhambra
Inside the Alhambra
Me with hair in my face at the Alh…
Me with hair in my face at the Al…
The Alhambra with the snow capped …
The Alhambra with the snow capped…
Mint tea
Mint tea
Inside Chien Andalou for a flamenc…
Inside Chien Andalou for a flamen…
Granada
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