Hidden Book Stores and Wonderful Reads in Granada!

Monday was another non-stop day. I had class all morning, ran to lunch at 3:00 and then ran back for class at 4:00, came home by 6:30 and then ran (this time literally) to the gym, returned by 8:15, had dinner, somehow wasted two hours doing everything but really nothing, and then went to bed by midnight. Although Monday was hectic, it was very productive. Those are my favorite kind of days. 🙂

Tuesday, on the other hand, was less-so. I dragged my completely sleepy and inexplicably exhausted self out of bed around 9:45 AM and after a quick breakfast began a journey– oh, it would be a journey– to find the Centro de Actividades Deportivas (CAD) of Granada to sign up for a yoga class. Although Google Maps had promised a mere twenty minutes, it was really on the other side of the city. After an hour of getting there and half an hour of waiting in line, it only took thirty seconds for the lady behind the counter to tell me that also my passport to sign up for any CAD activities. I did not have my passport on my person. Alas, there was nothing I could do so I begrudgingly began the return trek in order to return the following day; however, this time I stopped at a bookstore that had caught my eye on the way there. It was an absolutely wonderful bookstore! I ended up buying this really cool book called “La Gallina Que Soñaba Como Volar” (The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly) by Sun-mi Hwang. According to Goodreads:

The 2-million-copy bestselling modern fable from Korea that is winning hearts around the world

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own.

An anthem for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel of universal resonance that also opens a window on Korea, where it has captivated millions of readers. And with its array of animal characters—the hen, the duck, the rooster, the dog, the weasel—it calls to mind such classics in English as Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web.

I’m only a few pages in and I’m already more moved by the protagonist than I ever thought I would be from a chicken. But I’ll keep you updated as I progress. This is just another reason I love Granada so much. Even though I was a little bothered that I didn’t know I’d need my passport to sign up for the yoga class, I ended up finding a super cool book store because of it. Who knew I’d find such an interesting book in the cutest of book stores? Granada has so many hidden gems – I can’t wait to explore them all!

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