(Kathryn, Sarah, and me eating cream puffs)
When we realized he was missing and we called him and he said he was jumping in a cab headed towards the bus, but our program director told us we didn’t have time to wait. As the bus started to pull away without everywhere everyone let out a gasp of horror because we were so upset that he was being left behind. Luckily the combination of Aaron calling the director and our insisting on pulling over the bus worked and Aaron caught up to the bus and then got on board to a round of applause!
Anyways, I feel like the story of everyone panicking when we thought Aaron was going to be left behind shows how close we all are and how much we care for each other.
Once we made it to Granada we first stopped at the hotel to drop off our bags and have lunch–a buffet–which was delicious. That is another thing everyone in our program shares; we all appreciate food and dessert and we all went a little out of control with so much food in our grasp.
From lunch we went to take a tour of the Alhambra, the giant old palace that apparently is the second most visited attraction in the world (behind the Taj Mahal). Although I had visited the Alhambra before, I still really enjoyed my second trip because we had a tour guide to give us historical information, I was with my friends, and since my last visit fall has settled in leaving landscape!
After visiting the Alhambra our guide left us in the centro area to wander around. A few friends and I walked around, found a patisserie to get a snack, and then went back to our hotel room to hang out and chat! Once dinnertime rolled around we were starving and headed out to have tapas. In Granada they have a deal where at every bar and restaurant you can order a drink and get a free tapa for 2 euros. This deal sounds great, and can be for those with a light appetite, but my friends and I were starving and ended up just ordering giant plates of tapas.
At dinner we played a little game where we all went around and talked about what city we are from and what city we live in and then explained why everyone should visit us. It was really fun hearing everyone describe their hometowns and then talking about our plans to visit each other in the future, and I really think that we will!
Once we finished dinner we walked to our hotel and continued chatting outside on the hotel steps for hours before going to bed! The next morning we woke up and headed to another tour, this time of the cathedral built around the tombs of los Reyes Catolicos: Isabel y Fernando. We couldn’t take pictures of the cathedral, but it is one of my favorite churches that I have visited in Europe! The tombs are in the center of the church, beside the tombs of Juana la Loca and her husband Filipe el hermoso.
These two royals have a really interesting story. Apparently Juana wasn’t actually crazy, but her father, husband, and son–not wanting to share the power and have Juana be Queen–conspired against Juana, claiming that she was crazy and locking her away in a tower for around 40 years.
The tour was the only planned activity of the day, so afterwards we all wandered around Granada more before returning to the hotel, having lunch, and heading back home!
Our short weekend trip to Granada was so much fun and I had such a great time hanging out with all of my friends from my program. At the same time the trip started making me think about how little time we have left in Seville and how, in spite of all the difficulties that come with studying and living in a foreign country, I really really am going to miss Spain a ton.
I actually started to panic a little bit thinking about how little time I have left in Spain and with my friends from my program, and this led me and Sarah to reconsider our plan to go to Rome this coming weekend. With our trip to Rome and our big trip to Prague, Munich, and Salzburg, we are only going to be in Seville two more weekends before we leave. Whaaaa!?!?
Anyways, Sarah and I decided that cancelling our trip to Rome would be nice not only because we would get to spend more time in Spain and with our friends, but also because Rome was looking to be really expensive. Oh, also, I would have had to miss class to catch our flight, which is obviously the main concern. So, now Rome is cancelled and I will be in Seville this weekend, then next Thursday we have a group Thanksgiving dinner, and then most of the people from my group are all going to take a short trip to Madrid together from Friday to Sunday.