Let me tell you about my weekend. It was pretty good, it was just another one of those random weekends, when I don’t know what to expect. But then, that usually makes for the best time, right….when you don’t have any expectations.
Parque Garcia Lorca in Bloom
Saturday was el Día de la Cruz in Granada, an event that isn’t celebrated everywhere, but is loved here in Granada. Displays are set up all over town of a cross and ornaments surrounding it. I don’t really know the significance of the ornaments, they seem kind of random, but they look pretty cool. There must be some sort pattern or meaning. I spotted one on Friday……………………………………
Plaza de Bib-Rambla
That one was just being set up, check out this completed one…….
On Friday they were pretty well set-up, but it wasn’t officially el Día de la Cruz until Saturday. So I still had time to waste before I would check out what it was like. I went to the skatepark that day to find these posters all over the park:
I made it to the park exactly at 16:00 (4pm) so I figured that I’d miss the whole thing if I tried to make it there plus I didn’t have 3€. But somebody told me that it wouldn’t actually start till 7, so I decided to go.
I got there to find this
People were skating all over the sidewalks and streets; cars couldn’t hardly get through. I almost felt like I’d stepped back into the U.S. it was definitely reminiscent of a scene from any typical skating event. The odd thing was that upon arriving, I realized that the event wasn’t taking place at a skatepark, an empty lot, or even a skate shop; it was a bar. The bar had been empty out to hold this skate event that included participants from all age groups, and all age groups did show up. If you look at the poster it tells you the groups: 16 and under, 17-30 and 30+
The bar was cool though; check out some of the artwork:
They’re all hand-painted decks
The game of skate was cool for a little while, even a cameraman showed up. I wonder if it’ll appear on the local TV.
Saturday started for me with a trip to the mercadillo. It’s pretty much a flea market and the prices were alright. On the way back I ran into this:
I knew El Día de la Cruz had started
So I decided it was about time to put together a plan for the day. I messaged a few friends and told them to meet me in town a little later. We did have to wait a little while for the heat to settle down. When I got to town I ran into more horses.
This was just the beginning of it
I found a good looking cross display
Walking through town was a mess. I can’t imagine trying to drive that day. It was literally litered with people; the main roads were completely blocked off for cars.
The main traffic through town that day was horses and wagons.
The final cross that I found was at the ayuntamiento, I mean city hall.
Sunday I got myself up early because I had bought myself a ticket to the beach. We headed down to the Granada coast, just a short hour drive maybe. I went with Granada Erasmus, which is always a cool experience to meet other students from all over the world.
A Nice Secluded Beach
And of course the views were amazing. I wondered my way into a hotel, looking to buy a towel. One of these days I’m going to remember to bring a towel to the beach, until then I’ll just keep stumbling into cool, random sights. Like this never ending pool.
This is NOT where I stayed
But I did get to snap some shots of the views that real guests of that hotel get to enjoy.
Giant Chess Board 🙂
Later, while trekking back to the beach
There were three or four businesses within walking distance and they were all restaurants
Some native Spaniards came along, supposedly “to aid the foreigners speak Spanish”
And Night Started to Fall…
We headed out, I snapped one last shot of the beach and said goodbye:
It was a good weekend. Like I said, it was a little bit random and I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out pretty chill. I now have few weekends left here in Spain so I’ve got to take advantage of every moment of free time I’ve got. If all my weekends turn out like this one, then that would be alright.