Mirador de San Nicolas

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Mirador de San Nicolas is considered the best view of the Alhambra, a stop we made before Tableo Flamenco.

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October 14, 2013 – Granada

Gira ANDALUCIA!!

It was our first extended school trip, which proved to be really interesting and enlightening.

After a 6+ hour bus ride and 1 pit stop, we finally made it to southern Spain, specifically Granada.


History Lesson

Granada was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.

The region surrounding Granada has been populated since at least 5500 B.C. and experienced Roman and Visigothic influences. Elibyrge was used as the name for what is now Granada by the 7th century B.C. and, by the 1st century A.D., it had become a Roman municipality known as lliberri.

The fall of Granada has a significant place among the important events that mark the latter half of the Spanish 15th century. It completed the so-called Reconquista (or Christian reconquest) of the eight-hundred-year-long Islamic rule in the Iberian Peninsula.

Flag of Granada


We quickly disembarked from the bus and discarded of our things in our rooms because we had a tour planned for Real Capilla de Granada, a Catholic mausoleum that houses the remains of the Catholic Monarchs (Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II) as well as their daughter (Quenn Juana or Juana la Loca), her husband (Felipe I or Phillip the Handsome) and their eldest son, Miguel da Paz, Prince of Asturias, Portugal and Girona. The church also holds priceless relics, portraits, tapestries, and much more dating from the 15th century.

Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures, which they enforced. *sigh*

Our next stop was Catedral  de Granada, whose foundation was laid by the architect Egas starting from 1518 to 1523 atop the site of the city’s main mosque. The dome of the main chapel is decorated with beautiful stained glass, sculptures and paintings by Alonso Cano. The Inmaculada by Alonso Cano is especially noteworthy.

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After our tour we were allotted free time to wander around Granada, with the warning to look out for pick-pocketers. It was short lived, with a quick dinner because Amipa chose that time with Manerva to be picky about food, because we then had a night tour of Albaicin, a district in Granada that had retained most of its Medivial Moorish past AND was declared a world heritage site in 1984. Our tour then led us to Tableo Flamenco, where we got our first dose of authentic flamenco, especially with their dancers!!

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It was closing in on midnight when we finally got back to the hotel, and you’ll never guess what time we have to be up for!!

8:30 AM! 

*side eye*

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October 13, 2013

We definitely got back this morning around 9, just in time for breakfast, after our hectic trek through Valencia to the train station then having to hike up the hill to our rooms. I was with Bliss and Areca, and we decided to skip on breakfast for need of sleep and made plans to attend lunch.

After lunch, there was homework to complete, because we were leaving for Andalucia tomorrow and I didn’t want it all to pile up. After toiling for a few hours, we stole away to the gym to play volleyball. That was where we saw the remnants of the TS as they were still recovering from the night before.

We had to leave the gym early because we had to pack for the upcoming trip, and we weren’t looking forward to waking up for the 8 am roll-call.

October 12, 2013

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I found a dress for this day for the beautiful price of 7€! What a steal and I was definitely feeling myself. After church, and countless hugs, some albeit suspiciously close, we ended up by one of our teachers, Marvel, with hilarious company and awesome food. I am officially in love with gazpacho!

‎[ Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base, originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia.]

It was in his kitchen that Amipa told me that contrary to what she had been telling me all week, she wouldn’t be attending the activities of the upcoming night, my birthday activities. NOW! I knew this was coming because she had told Kip from since when we had gone to Valencia this past Wednesday that she didn’t want to go and thought I would feel slighted. Kip thought I should know because the activities needed solid numbers and counting someone on the fence would throw the numbers off if they ended up as a no-show. So I wasn’t shocked when she told me, however, I was a bit irritated that she waited until the DAY OF to say something. From that instance alone I vowed that I wouldn’t be inviting her to anything else, cause she could flop and not tell me until it was too late.

After lunch, we headed back to our rooms because I needed a nap to survive the night. I woke up in time for dinner and to get dressed to catch the train into Valencia. It was as I was running out the door of the dorm that the preceptora (means dean) called me into her office to basically lecture me that I was with students younger than me and that she was counting on me to be a good influence. Thank you Sunshine, for already trying to put a damper on my night of fun.

Walking down to the road to meet up with the others, I had assumed that the only people going were the ones who were with me in that moment, until I rounded the corner and saw a substantial amount of people. H O W?

The more hilarious fact was that they had no idea where they were going, they were just going to celebrate a birthday and have fun. So on the walk to the train station, approx. 20 minutes, everyone got to know each other a bit. Once we reached the train station, we had a couple minutes to kill so we decided to indulge in some lemon wedges with Titan, cause he had never done so before.

The train ride was a comical one. More jokes and surface information about the attendees. When we finally reached Valencia, we realized that we had a good 30 minute walk to make but over an hour to kill. So we stopped off for fries and birthday niceties, mixed with us running a bit rampant. One guy, Stallion, thought he was so strong that he could stop an on-coming car, but we pulled his crazy face out of the road before his brother could have a mild heart attack, which he followed up with smooching a few of the ladies with us.
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We finally met up with Naveen, and some other members of the TS were with him!! I knew then that it would be a memorable night and I didn’t regret going or the company. We ended up seeing a dancing smurf, and got extra large glasses as tokens of the night.

Happy Birthday to me!!

October 10, 2013

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me!! 

What can I say, 23 looks pretty good on me!

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Unfortunately, today we still had class and work so the birthday sleep-in had to be postponed. No worries though, because my gemelo (means twin), Naveen, and I made awesome plans.

How did we become twins?!

WELL. Let me tell you. After Campamento, we added each other on Facebook. I thought nothing of it cause I honestly thought he wouldn’t even talk to me after that incident. Boy, was I wrong. He messaged me yesterday, which seemed random to me, and made casual conversation. That’s when we realized we were the same age and were pursuing the same degree. This is what made us ninja twins. We made a pact to keep each others secrets and the conversation progressed to birthday plans. Interesting how that escalated, eh?

Stay tuned for the final unveiling =)

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