Not knowing the language is a bitch!

Trip Start Feb 23, 2009
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Trip End Aug 22, 2009


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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Andalusia,
Saturday, April 18, 2009

Michelle, being ever the gracious host, has been translating and guiding me around the city non-stop for the past few days!  I am quasi in love with Granada as there is a profound Arabic influence here...evident in the many tea houses (teterias), shisha bars and the architecture...I've even used my Arabic more than my sub-par Spanish while here...

The city is beautiful and I have been enjoying myself very much.  Unfortunately in my weak state I have acquired more clothing (I cannot resist a sale, it's a character flaw of mine...) as you can find decent dresses and pairs of shoes for as little as 10 Euros...next time I will bring a bigger bag!

This evening we will be going to a Flamenco show, which should be good!  I just wish that the weather would be a bit more agreeable as it has been raining non-stop...I like showers as much as the next person, but wet shoes and pants are not fun!

Another delightful tidbit about Granada is that, in the majority of the tapas bars, when you buy a drink (around 2 Euros) you get a free plate of food and in some places you can even choose the food that you want!  We all know that I think of my stomach far more than any other part of my body, so this system is right up my alley!  We have gone to an Arabic tapas bar, along with Spanish and a variety of others....

One thing that I have also grown accustomed to is the Spanish siesta...everything closes from 2ish for a few hours and everyone goes back to have lunch and nap (I love that part too)!  The Spaniards definitely need the naps because the tapas bars only open at 8 pm and restaurants around the same time...clubs at 3 in the morning....and from what Michelle tells me, only the geeks go home before 5/6 in the morning...I guess that since I went to bed around 2 or 3 that makes me positively pre-pubescent, but never mind...

ANother tidbit...there's also a delightful bar called the Chupeteria where you go and they have a selection of 180 or so different shots of alcohol, costing a euro each...for every shot you buy you get a ticket and eventually, when you have enough tickets, you can trade them in for prizes! I got a fan, but shirts, sombreros, thongs and bandanas are also available...

More to come on Granada...
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