After looking at all the pictures from this week I realized that I will need to split this post into two parts and they will still probably be too long! We did a lot and I don’t want to miss out on writing everything because I want to remember all the details. So let’s start from last Saturday 🙂
Ian arrived in Málaga around noon and we took a bus to Granada from there. He was exhausted (a combination of the flights and this semester) and after watching the mountains for a while he kept dozing off. Luckily he didn’t take a full nap so he would be tired at the normal time for Spain. We went grocery shopping to get some stuff for the week and walk around a little. I wouldn’t take him to the main sights until the next day because he was pretty much a zombie anyways 🙂
We got some ice cream as a pick-me-up. There was a lot going on since it was Saturday, I was glad there was so much for Ian to look at!
We were asleep super early and woke up on Monday to go to the Alhambra! I bought tickets for 8:30 and we got there 5 minutes late but the tickets are so strict and I thought we weren’t going to be able to go, I was mad and frustrated that we hadn’t woken up earlier, but after we waited for a little while the workers there let us tag along to a group tour that was in both Spanish and English, perfect! This was my second time to the Alhambra and it was the perfect day. Everything was so beautiful and we learned a lot, it was also the perfect tour to practice my Spanish.
They give you headphones to listen to the tour guide, and you can hear him even while you’re wandering around.
Ian works in the woodshop at school and he said how intricate these old wooden designs are.
It was a beautiful day for a visit!
All of the patterns and ceilings are crazy!
At the end we reached the gardens, my favorite part 🙂
I got him to take ONE picture there, it’s a tough life trying to photograph this guy.
I was so happy!
After the Alhambra we were starving and churros with chocolate were the answer! We got so many and were absolutely stuffed. Ian said the chocolate pretty much tasted like a cup of melted Hershey bars.
Obviously I finished off with a coffee.
Ian took a siesta while I studied a little bit and then we went for a walk to the Mirador San Nicolas (because you have to on your first full day in Granada)! It was beautiful and it was fun to see Ian’s face when he saw the view. The Sierra Nevadas in the background make it look unreal!
Then we walked down Paseo de los Tristes.
For dinner we decided to go for tapas! Ian was really excited and wanted to “tapa hop.” It was such a good idea, why hadn’t I thought of that before? We ended up only going to two places, but it was really fun. At the first stop, El Vinoteca, we got a beer with one tapa and a sangria with another.
The tapas there were kind of small, so we went to a bigger tapa place, La Riviera for some FREE burgers with our drinks.
I was full after that, Ian got one more drink with a croqueta and then we couldn’t fit anymore. Slightly drunk and very full we made our way back to the apartment to sleep!
I had to wake up early on Monday for an exam, and my heart sunk when I looked at the forecast for the rest of the week. Rain, rain, rain, and some more rain. Of course the week before Ian comes is 75 and beautiful everyday and then his week is rain. I was frustrated again because I had a lot planned for outdoor activities! On Monday we took a long walk to the huge mall that Granada has called Nevada. I was happy being with Ian but definitely upset with the weather, but he said he didn’t mind! We walked around all the stores and got lunch there at La Cueva. Nevada is ENORMOUS, I think we must have walked four or five miles around the mall. Ian got potatoes with chorizo and eggs, I got a chicken sandwich.
The view from the outside of the mall was pretty cool too (don’t mind the panorama car mix-ups!)
It was still raining later on, but luckily I had tickets for something indoors on Monday night, the Arab baths! You wear bathing suits and I would describe these as a series of hot tubs with different temperatures, and one cold room. But they aren’t normal hot tubs or baths, the inside looks like the inside of the Alhambra! It was so relaxing. I was nervous Ian would hate it, but he thought it was so cool. The massages were a flat “no” but I’m happy with what I got 🙂 I couldn’t take any pictures inside but I do have one from their page.
Two relaxed people!
After that we grabbed some food, watched a movie, and called it a night (I had to get up early for another exam). When I left early in the morning it was downpouring, I could have cried because it was the day I had planned a fun hike, but still Ian was in Spain with me even though the weather was not cooperating! We met each other for breakfast after and then headed to the science museum. He could tell I was upset that my plan hadn’t been working out but he loves science museums and it ended up being really fun wandering around there together! Some of the stuff was from difficult classes he had taken and I think he was having a little bit of PTSD..
We looked at the helicopter outside for a while:
and explored the museum!
When we got back to the apartment I checked the weather again, and sunny days were coming! I did a little happy dance because the rest of the week was going to be good weather!!!! I guess you can’t really trust those apps too much 🙂 Hikes, walks, ice cream, walking around and sitting in parks were back on the agenda!
Tuesday night we did tapas for supper again! But this time we were seeking out the bigger tapas and ended up in Plaza Einstein. I don’t remember the name of the place we went to, but it was awesome and we ended up getting three rounds of tapas.
We planned on doing a hike Wednesday morning, but not until 10 so we got to sleep in! The hike was called Beas de Granada. Basically you take a bus from Granada to Beas (a town nearby) and you hike all the way back to Granada! I love that it is a point A to point B, and Ian was able to download the whole hike onto his GPS for us to follow, in addition to having step by step directions of what turns to make. It was so easy to follow for an 11-mile hike!
Before we left Ian made some delicious breakfast sandwiches, and then we got on the bus! We were nervous we wouldn’t know which bus to get on, but the bus driver standing on the outside said “Beas de Granada?” and it was that simple! The hike took us from the point the bus drops you off at, again super easy. When we first began it was really windy but as we got further into the mountains it was still, sunny, and hot! We passed by hundreds of olive trees and the view of the Sierra Nevadas was always there, and so so pretty. I wonder how many pictures we took of them.. We also passed by a few farms with tons of goats and herding dogs! I admit I was kind of afraid of the goats and Ian was laughing at me because there just goats, but still! What if they aren’t used to humans in their area or something??
Here’s a picture I took escaping the evil goats:
We took a LOT of pictures on the hike, can’t stop won’t stop!! We could see the Sierra Nevadas the whole time, and we were pretty much alone in the middle of the mountains, it was so cool! 🙂
I love this picture 🙂
There were a lot of mountain bikers, I wish he could have gone with them!
We packed sandwiches, apples, and peanuts, and we took a lunch break to eat them.
By the time we got back we were both a little burned and very much exhausted. We had been hiking for about 4 hours! We decided to watch Inside Out and siesta until going for a walk and seeing the sunset. We had our hearts set on paella, but I wanted a view first! The Alhambra looked as pretty as ever, and then we walked down to grab some paella and a beer. We sat outside and watched the sun go down 🙂 The paella there was small (we think it is for one person there) and it wasn’t my favorite! Ian liked it but he just wished it was more. Because it was right under the Alhambra it was really touristy so I don’t think it was the best paella we could have gotten (but we would get the best in Málaga).
The first days were a success and I was so happy that the weather took a turn for the better 🙂 After Wednesday we still had a lot to do, but the days go by so fast when we are together, I wish it could slow down just a little bit!