Granada, Spain

My first day in Granada.

Granada, Spain.

When I checked into my hostel in Granada the guy at reception said “woah, you’re staying for a long time.” It’s true. It seems a place that most people only book for 2 to 3 nights and I had booked 7. Outside of the Ahlumbra there is really nothing much else to see.

He asked me what I planned to do for a week. “Just chill,” I said.

I love travel but the act of traveling is something I could do without. I hate packing my bags because despite the fact that I have bought nothing each time less and less seems to fit. I hate trying to buy transportation (in fact this week when I went to buy a bus ticket to Madrid for Friday I ended up being sold a ticket to Montril for that night). I hate leaving and saying good bye and getting lost. So I’m not one to want to change places every two days.

I had never even intended to come to Granada. I was going to head straight from Sevilla to Madrid and spend two weeks there. But in Sevilla everyone I met told me to go to Granada, that it’s beautiful, that I wouldn’t be disappointed, that the food is cheap.

And I was sold.

After cramming my bags into a locker I wandered about a little to get a feel for the town. And even after such a short time, I could definitely see that it would be one place that might just live up to its hype.

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

1 Comment
  • Ali
    August 23, 2011at8:11 am

    I loved Granada and I can’t wait to go back! I’m glad you took everyone’s advice and went there from Sevilla. If it was closer to Valencia, I’d totally add it to our trip to Valencia but hopefully some other time.

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