Granada - Never leave your camera at the hotel!
Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
73Trip End Jan 26, 2012
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Granada seems to be known for 2 main things, it's university, which is almost 500 years old and has around 80,000 students at it, and the Alhambra which is a complex of gardens, walls, palaces and other associated buildings that was built in the 1300's when Spain was ruled by Muslims.
The Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain and unfortunately it is not easy to get in to see it. We did manage to get tickets for the gardens and most of the grounds around the Alhambra but were unable to get the elusive tickets to get in to the actual Muslim palace itself as tickets for that portion were sold out for the next week. Even seeing the gardens and fortification walls were very impressive though.
I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the number of university students in town but strange and unique things were happening all over. I unfortunately left the camera at the hotel for some of these so we don't have pictures of everything.
- We saw two people walk by dressed as cows and then at a totally different time and place, saw a person walking around dressed like a chicken.
- We found a bar that has self serve beer taps at every table and while we were sitting there having a beer, a dog just wandered in to the bar, walked up to the bartender and got a snack (a real dog, not someone dressed as a dog).
- We were walking through the main shopping area of town and found a donkey tied to a tree. Nobody around it seemed to own it, it was just standing there tied to a tree.
- We saw two guys wearing Flamenco dresses, walking through traffic.
- We saw a pair of inflatable sex dolls sitting at a table on a bar patio.
They have already taken us through the interesting part of the city so to save time they take the shortest route back, on a main thoroughfare with a higher speed limit.
Just as we are picking up some speed, it starts to rain...
So here we are getting soaked doing about 70 KM/h in an open top bus in the rain, wind tearing through our hair, raindrops splattering our face, tree branches leaping at us from the roadside, water sloshing back and forth across the floor of the bus and listening to a recording telling us about Federico Garcia Lorca spending his summers in Granada writing poetry... It was quite the ride and at the next stop, we decided to move to the inside of the bus. It seems that we can't escape the rain these last few weeks!
So the moral of this story is:
- If you go to Granada take your camera EVERYWHERE, you never know what you will see.
- Book tickets to the Alhambra well in advance.
- Check the weather forecast before you decide to sit in an open top bus.