Over the past two weeks I have experienced so many new and exciting activities and places in Granada. After class my friends and I like to meet up to do something fun with our free afternoons. So far we’ve gone hiking outside the city, shopping at the Sierra Nevada Mall and practiced our Spanish skills at the “Intercambio”.
A bunch of students from my program all met up last week to go on a long hike. The views made this 7 mile exploration worth it once we got to the top and looked down at the entire city that had gorgeous mountains in the background.
Another afternoon we decided to hop on the metro for 3 Euros and go to the Sierra Nevada Mall. This place has hundreds of stores and restaurants through out its two massive floors. My friends and I spent roughly four hours here one night and we barely made it through half of them on a single floor! I had never seen anything like this back home in Pennsylvania. I highly recommend visiting this attraction even if you do not like to shop. There is a ton of places to eat while in a great setting. Overall, it was an unforgettable spot to spend an evening and I can’t wait to go back!
A few times each week there is an “Intercambio” which translates in English to exchange. This usually takes place in a bar so that people can order tapas while conversing in different languages. Plenty of people from Granada of all ages meet here so they can practice their English with students who come here to use Spanish. My first time here was a little overwhelming. The locals speak very fast and it was not easy to keep up. However, it was good practice to interact with them to improve my Spanish speaking skills as well as help them to better their English.
These are a few of my favorite activities and places that I have experienced recently and I suggest you try them all! The best advice I can give you is to stay active and be willing to participate in any new opportunity that presents itself to you in order to get the most out of your stay in Granada.