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2013-02-26 Granada

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Sunset View of The Alhambra

 Each semester we have a weekend trip included in the program where we go to a city or a few cities with professors and get a sort of field trip with them and our classmates. In the fall we visited Merida, Caceres, and Trujillo, three cities with a lot of historical value and of course beautiful sights like many places in Spain. This semester we got to go to Granada for the weekend.

I’d heard a lot about the city and even that it is the most beautiful city in all of Spain, so of course, I had been looking forward to this trip for a long time and had high expectations, and was not the least bit disappointed.

We left Saturday morning and 3 hours later arrived in Granada, where we had some free time to explore before going on our first group tour. The city reminded me of a typical city in Spain, but located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains which had beautiful snow that I hadn’t seen since I left Oregon.

Later we went to see the royal chapel where the tomb of the famous king and queen, Isabel and Fernando, are buried.  It was great to see part of such an important history that I learned about in class last semester. Just being in the city that they had fallen in love with many years ago was awesome, and their influence on the design of the cathedral as well was a sight to see; it is probably one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve seen here in Spain so far. After our visit, it was time to go to the famous Albaicin neighborhood where there is a perfect view of the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada, and the sunset.

The next day we went into the Alhambra, where we got a tour of the palaces and gardens. The views of the city, the architecture and beautiful art, and of course the historical significance of the entire Alhambra make it obvious why it is so famous, and I hope I get to visit again soon.

 

Jessica Calderon 

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