Instantly at Home

Falling in love with Granada wasn’t a hard thing to do, simply one look around and it’s difficult not to have your breath taken away. I’m surrounded by more natural beauty and lovely people than I ever thought was possible. I have never been in a place as unbelievably beautiful as Granada. I guess this city’s captivating charm is what led the Mexican poet, Francisco de Icaza, to say “for there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada”.

It didn’t take long, or much, for me to call this fascinating city “home”. There seems to be beauty everywhere I look, which constantly reminds me how magnificent this world is in spite of the unspeakable events that are happening. There’s a dreamlike feeling simply walking around and being surrounded by mountains, incredible architecture and a culture that’s just as wonderful.

At the risk of sounding cliché, this city is magical and enigmatically enticing. When I try to describe how much I love it here, I feel like I can’t find the words to accurately depict the feeling I get. Granada is a place where remnants of its history are undoubtedly present, yet it somehow manages to feel fresh and new. The Alhambra, whitewashed houses, and Islamic tiles and patterns are a symbol of the city’s eventful past, while politically charged and thought-provoking street art reminds us we’re in the 21st century.

From the views I was greeted with the minute I got off the plane, to the scenic taxi ride to my homestay, I knew I made the right decision choosing Granada. I have never felt more in awe or more in love with a place as I do here.

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