Day 3 of España

Day 3 of España and I am already ready to live here. I love everything about the city of Granada- the people, the food, the culture.

So far my favorite part has been exploring. Last night we looked around the city in search for some tapas, but by the time we got there they were no longer serving them. For those who don’t know what tapas are, they are a little appetizer served with a drink. All you have to do is purchase any drink on the menu and you get free food. I was told you can only find this deal in Granada so it makes me love the city even more. Later on in the night we met up with some of our friends and actually found a little Irish joint (where we could actually speak to people in English- which was nice). And on our way home we ran into a run-through of a festival that starts next week. If hundreds of people were gathered around at 1am for a practice parade, I have no idea what the actual Corpus Christi celebration is going to be like.

Today a couple of us decided to roam around and tried to successfully get lost in the city. And because of our interest in wondering, we found one of the most beautiful views in the city. It was a long hike (and a lot of stairs) to find this point that overlooks Alhambra Palace, but it was worth it. When we finally got to the top, I stood there in amazement of how incredible the view was. At this peak, you could find painters, couples sharing a meal, a few men playing guitars and singing, and some women dancing the flamenco. It was absolutely incredible. It was one of those moments that literally take your breath away.

Life here in Spain has already taught me so much. It has shown me how we should never take anything for granted. Even though 10 weeks sounds like a really, really long time, it is going to fly by. And I want to make the most of every opportunity I have here. I want to step out of my shell and explore life. I love being surrounded by people who have the same interest as I do and that strive to bring out the best of me. And I think that is partly why I decided to study abroad. I wanted to be challenged and taught how to be a little more adventurous.

I am blessed to be holding such an amazing opportunity right in front of me, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store. I am ready to take the bull by the horns (or even run with them during the run of the bulls). But most importantly, I am ready to live life.

-Katie Cummins

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