My objective in writing this blog post is to provide a tidbit of insight into my life here in Granada! My hope is that any reader of this can walk away feeling like they have at least one concrete thing to look forward to if they ever decide to study/live in Granada, and like they have the information they need to pursue that experience for themselves when they get here.
Tidbit: Weekend Travel with Third-Party Programs
There is no doubt that if you study abroad in/visit Granada, you will have opportunities to travel places with third-party companies (independent of your program provider) for a great price. From the 11th to the 13th of October, I decided to take my chances on a trip to Morocco with the program “We Love Spain,” a well-known trip coordinator that offers weekend visits to a few beautiful cities around Spain and northern Africa. The trip I booked is called Morocco Fantasy Weekend + Gibraltar – take a look! My friends and I each paid roughly 250 euros to go on this trip, and I would say that it was well worth it as an introduction to Africa and Arabic culture in Spain.
The trip included visits to three cities: Gibraltar, Chefchauen, and Tetuan. Here are a few photos from each:
The tidbit here is that weekend trips like this one can be a great way to meet new people in new countries without having to plan everything yourself. My experience has proved to me that planning short trips around Europe on weekends can be expensive, time-consuming, and laborious; the beauty of this type of experience is that everything is planned for you and you need only show up and take part. I travelled with 65 people total in Morocco, and the structure of the excursion afforded me the luxury of not having to think about planning my next steps, which allowed me to focus on socializing.
Again, if you’re looking for a low-cost and low-stress way of seeing a new city, consider going on a weekend excursion with a third-party company who will make the itinerary for you!
I hope you enjoyed the read!