Viernes

What a day I’ve had today! It was a beautiful sunny day, around 70 degrees fahrenheit and not a cloud in the sky.  Of course I had to take advantage of the weather, so I went for a nice long run and I came across some marvelous sights only available in Andalucía.  I’ll definitely rest easy tonight.

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Where the Journey Began: Paseo por el Lado del Rio Genil

Things around here have been pretty tranquil and uneventful, my roommate is out of town.  By out of town I mean Portugal.  It’s amazing how many countries you can travel to when your in Europe and the amount of diversity there is.  Diversity can be found even from region to region and town to town.  Today I learned that apart from the three or so other languages spoken in Spain, there are also different accents in Spain (not surprising).  What was surprising was to hear a madrileño’s (someone from Madrid) take on them.  In the North, Cantabria specifically, they speak as though they have an Italian accent with the way they emphasize certain syllables.  This same phenomenon occurs in Argentina and Uruguay.  In the South there is an evident Andalusian accent which resembles the Spanish of the Caribbean to varying degrees depending on the city.  Or I should really say that Carribean Spanish resembles Andalusian Spanish.  I learned that Cuban Spanish is the most similar to that of the city of Cadiz and Puerto Rican Spanish resembles the Spanish of The Canary Islands.  Spanish of the Canaries has an additional similarity to Latin American Spanish in that the use of vosotros is not common, and is instead overshadowed by the use of “ustedes.”   I learned all this useful information not in class today, but on a sight-seeing excursion with Sol through the Albaicín.  Our trip was enriched with the accompaniment of some real Spaniards! They were pretty cool, but not as interested in the environment as us Americans were.  Even having seen this neighborhood a couple of times myself, I still enjoyed it.  There’s always new things to discover and always something new going on in the Albaicín.

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Xavier and the rest of us chilling on a muro

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   Of course The Alhambra

I have traveled many miles today and am delighted.  I think the best way to visit a place has got to be on foot.  You get to take your time and embrace the setting with your own two eyes. A picture never does a setting justice, but here are a few to give an idea the gem that is Granada….

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A Pony at the Mirador

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Every dog has his day

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Tradicional Andalusian Decorations

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Plaza Larga

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The Roads are Cool

 

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These were once mills 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Russian

 

 

 

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this is apparently normal

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Chorrojumo

I hope You enjoy these photos, I know the captions might be messed up. But basically we saw the culture of this neighborhood; not only the way these people conduct daily routines, but also how they have expressed themselves while doing so. We saw some mills, some cool decorations, some cacti, some neighborhoods, a fountain and the statue.  The streets there are very narrow and it’s very interesting to watch the drivers navigate them, especially when there’s two cars trying to pass each other. Add a horse into the mix and it’s chaos.  There was also some scooterers wreaking havoc on the town. They were some kids who didn’t look old enough to drive and didn’t really pay mind to pedestrians. Anyway, all in all it’s a great neighborhood and I hope to return soon.  Oh yeah and I almost forgot the pictures of the mountains from my run this morning…..

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This looked impressive from afar

 

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