imberlykay's Travel Journals

imberlykay

  • 25 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina

My First Trip to Europe: Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

I will be writing here for family and friends to follow me, read about my experiences, and view photos that I will be taking while abroad.

Granada

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Nov 02, 2012
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 Flamenco, Arab Baths, and La Alhambra! 

Blogging is a great way to procrastinate when you have a fifteen page paper to write :)

Two weeks ago, I went on an excursion with the program to Granada, Spain. Although it was raining almost all weekend AND I lost my glasses, it was beautiful and we got to experience some really awesome things. We went to a Flamenco show and had a traditional Andalusian dinner in the town where Flamenco was born. The dancers were INCREDIBLE, and so was the food.

Taking an Arab bath was definitely an experience to remember. There were five baths, each a different temperature ranging between very cold and very warm. The trick was to go to the bath that was very cold in between the warm baths so that the water would feel even warmer. There was also a quiet room, where you could sit and enjoy Arabic tea which was extremely delicious. We also had the option to get a massage, and of course I took advantage of that. This all took around an hour and a half, and was relaxing as it sounds.

The last day we were there we took a tour of the palace La Alhambra, which was constructed during the 10th century for the last Muslim Emirate. After the reconquest in 1492, it was used by some of the Christian rulers and in 1527, was added to by Charles V of Spain. In the 19th century it was "discovered" again by European scholars and travelers and now is a huge tourist attraction.

Since it was raining during most of the weekend I don't have lots of pictures :( but I did post some from the Flamenco show and a view from La Alhambra.

That's about it for now. I have two presentations and like I said earlier a fifteen page paper all due in two weeks so I really have to get those things done. It feels like I have so much work to do. Trying to figure out a way to balance everything for all my classes and still enjoy Barcelona. I won't be traveling again until I go to Russia which will be the first week in December (I just applied for my visa and it will be ready this Wednesday!!!). That will be a great reward just before I have to crack down again for finals which will be the week after I get back..

Love you guys!

xoxoKimberly

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