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Everyday I walk close to the same route, varying the smaller streets when I first leave my house. How the city is laid out I always end up on the same main road eventually: Avienida Constitución. This street is unique because there is a large path in the middle with benches and statues and it has the best view of the Sierra Nevadas above the city. The snow capped peaks look like vanilla ice cream - not french vanilla with that creamy, yellow tint but plain vanilla in startling white. There was one particular day that amazed me though, and it was because of the sky. It was a mostly clear day with a blue bird sky and small pockets of puffy clouds. But that morning as I walked to school the sun peering over the Sierras, must have been hitting the water droplets in the clouds just right because they shone light pink and green. Hints of a rainbow that made the clouds look like homespun metalic thread or whisps of cotton candy floating above the city. I did not have my camera to take a picture, but I hope this gives a taste of what is captured in my head.

Last Saturday we went on a walk around this neighborhood called the Albayzín; which is one of the neighborhoods that Granada is famous for. It was beautiful with rich, colorful shops that contrasted the stark white walls of the homes. We peaked our heads into a lantern shop. It was the commercial, rather than the religious, experience of the vast amount of stained glass in Gothic churches. There were globe shaped lanterns made of tiny beads that twinkled like fat pumpkins. Lamps in the shape of stars reminded me of the ones that I have seen in the states. It is great that our world is becoming more global, but it makes all of the things about traveling more normal. I love it when something really startles and surprises me. We had the opportunity to go to a tea shop and I enjoyed milky looselead tea that came in a tea pot that looked like a silver jeanie's lamp.

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The following day (Sunday) I studied for my two exams on Monday and then we had free tickets to go to El Teatro Isabel la Catolica to see the play La Casa de Bernarda Alba. The building was old and beautiful, and for those of you from Boise it kind of reminded me of the Egyptian. I now have a goal that by the end of this semester I want to be able to go to a play and understand all of it. I got the idea of the play, but it was difficult to comprehend everything because the audience was pretty loud while the actors can only project their voices so much. It was an unique experience and when given the opportunity to see more of the Spanish culture I try to take it.

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Morgan and I went to Parque de las Ciencias on Tuesday and got to nerd out a little bit to keep biology in our brains. It was interesting and a challenge to try and understand all of the scientific words in Spanish, and I can say that I am very happy to not be taking any classes for my major. The craziest things for me were seeing a giant whale heart which was nearly as big as me, and a live birth. Wow I am definitely afraid to have children now and I do not think I could be an obstetrician or a midwife. Wednesday we went to Córdoba - going to write a more detailed blog about that day specifically - and now I'm in LONDON visiting Kayla :). When I was on the plane I was reflecting on how amazing and crazy flying is. We flew out over the ocean which made my stomach drop in fear and awe, and then turned back around to fly over Spain. I looked down on the Sierra Nevadas when I am usually looking up at them, and it took the plane about 5 to 10 minutes to fly about as far as my 3ish hour bus ride from Granada to Málaga.

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Posted by rae.lloydlever 04:29 Archived in England

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