This week I visited some friends of mine also on their Erasmus in Granada and Seville and I had a great time!
After a very early start and 9 hours of travelling we finally arrived in Granada to meet our friend Alice who lives there.. It was raining really heavily when we got there so decided to go for some beers and tapas for the afternoon. The best thing about Granada has to be that when you buy a drink for around €1.70 you get free tapas, and not stingy portions either so you could get a whole night on under €10 which is just incredible after living in Barcelona. Later on in the evening we headed out to a tapas bar called Poë which was my favourite, the tapas was different from the traditional Spanish type as the chef was Brazilian. We tried everything from a delicious marinated pork and pineapple skewer, to the boys favourite, a typical bean stew. Later we went to a chupiteria- a shot bar, to get in the boogie mood before going to Camborio, Alice’s favourite club which was like a big cave and had a large terrace area overlooking the Alhambra.
The next day we went to do a bit of sightseeing as the weather had cheered up and spent the afternoon in a Turkish tea shop. I popped into a little gift shop and picked up some adorable shoes (I felt like Carrie in Sex and the City 2) and a little leather pouch. The evening ended again with tapas and drinks.
I had a great time in Granada, it was really pretty, I loved its moorish influences and it has gorgeous views. I think I will have to go back in the summer to go to the Alhambra and the Turkish baths.
The next day, we all got a coach to Seville to stay with Robin and some other friends from our Uni in Birmingham.
Seville is very different to Granada in that its a lot bigger and feels a bit less traditional. We went to a club called Buddha the first night which was lots of fun, it was really nicely decorated inside and had 3 floors. The next day was rainy and miserable so we had a quick mooch around the city and then went for more tapas. A speciality in Seville is a spinach and chickpea dish, which tastes a bit like an Indian side dish, so naturally I loved it, I’m going to try and make it as soon as I get back! In the afternoon on the way to Plaza España we had a walk through a park and robin showed us his university building which was really beautiful. Plaza España was a filming location for a Star Wars film, don’t know which one but to me it looked nothing like Star Wars! It was a huge building in a semicircle and all along the front were tiled murals representing each of the areas of Spain. There was a big square area in front with its own little moat which you could have boat rides in. It was so grand and so beautifully detailed!
The rest of the weekend was a blur of bars and tapas and finally after what seemed like such a long we we returned to Barcelona! I had such a great time seeing my friends again and I really loved both Granada and Seville. My heart does lie in Barcelona, however they seem like great Erasmus cities to be in as there are lots more English students there. I really wish my university In Barcelona had more Erasmus students and more of a network!