20 Things I’ve Noticed After My Second Month In Granada

As my last blog 20 Things I’ve Noticed After My First Month In Granada seemed to go down quite well, I thought I’d follow it up with a blog based on what I’ve noticed after my 2nd month in this rather wonderful city. So here goes:

  • Local Granadiños don’t always seem to carry a brolly, but they do always seem to have stylish sunglasses at the ready in case of an overly sunny emergency, even if it’s been raining seemingly non-stop for ages. Are they just optimists?
Sunglasses In The Rain
Now where’s my brolly?
  • There are a handful of women ‘handing out’ rosemary to passers-by near the Cathedral. I didn’t know that rosemary could be used as a weapon! Maybe I should retaliate with some garlic
  • I went to see ‘Night of the Hunter’ at the Retroback Film Festival and noticed that the seats in the rather wonderful Teatro Isabel Catolica have a block of odd numbers on one side of the cinema with even numbers on the other side. Quirky… anyone know why?
  • Finding it quite a challenge to walk at an Andalucian pace. Several years in London have given me quite a walking speed when I’m in a rush. Am getting there slowly. Literally…
  • Although it seems to be universally acknowledged that Spanish TV is not that great, I have found that a combination of informative TVE News and incredibly trashy Mexican telenovelas are an excellent way to improve your Spanish. My current telenovela fave is ‘Una Maid En Manhattan’
A typically understated episode coming soon...
A typically understated episode coming soon…
  • There was a poet with a typewriter busking on the Carrera del Darro on Andalucia Day. It beats the usual guitar-busking flamenco and Elvis covers
  • Like any city, there’s a tranquil beauty and a very different rhythm walking around Granada before everyone wakes up. If you haven’t already, give it a try
  • Previously ‘simple’ activities such as going shopping, getting your haircut or even chatting to a neighbour take on a greater significance as they are now Opportunities To Use Your Spanish and as well as sometimes driving you a tad insane, they can also have the power to make your day
Hola, que tal? Hablas español?
Por qué no quieres hablar conmigo?

 

  • Having seen a fair few buskers playing a variety of flamenco tunes, my admittedly stereotypical illusions have been shattered by the fact that most of the best guitarists seem to be wearing tracksuits looking like they’ve just got off the bus in Croydon!
  • It’s impossible not to get lost in the Albayzin. However, part of the fun is coming out a different way and seeing where you end up
  • My landlord and neighbour were incredibly helpful when the front door key snapped in our door. Nothing like the ‘malafollá’ Granadiño I’ve heard about
  • Really enjoying spontaneously discovering new places. One day started with a trip to the Monasterio de la Cartuja followed by a trip to Sacromonte, which was lovely. Also discovered a walking route into the hills for next time. Looking forward to future trips all over Andalucia and the rest of Spain
  • Near our flat is a lovely old lady who sells flowers most mornings from her shopping trolley. Always nice to see her
  • What can I say about the weather? You come to Andalucia for many things and one of them is undoubtedly, sunny weather. I’m told that it’s been unusual (as it has been across Europe) and that I will be complaining about the sun in a few months time. I’d like the opportunity. Bring it on…

SunshineGranada

  • Sometimes you need to sit down somewhere tranquil and just be. A bench in the Generalife, in the Monasterio de la Cartuja or even outside in a cafe are ideal
  • Maybe I’m still in the honeymoon period of being here but I love my commute – not something I was prone to saying in London. All my classes here are within 10min walk and I even like my longest commute – a 15min bus ride as there is a nice cafe to go to at the final stop before class. Surprisingly enough, I really don’t miss the District Line
  • One of the biggest culture shocks has been the popularity of what in England used to be called ‘crusties’ who are known locally as ‘los punkis’. Brings back memories of the Levellers in the early 90s
  • Granada has the same urban issues as many cities, however it is still one of the most fascinating and beautiful places I have visited. I’m lucky that the city is letting me stay a while
  • Time goes so quickly here. Can’t believe we’ve already been here for 2 months…

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