Sundays in Spain
I don't think this is unique to Granada or even Spain but as I was wandering around Sunday afternoon I found that most shops were closed including grocery stores. I pretty much wandered the entire central district before finally finding a mini market where I could buy some drinks and snacks. And I found very few shops open although we did do some shopping in the touristy Alcaiceria district (Old Moorish silk market), just north of the Plaza Bib-Rambla and some of the tourist souvenir shops along the Plaza were open as well as the ones near the Cathedral.
On the Importance of Being as Rude as Possible
So you thought you'd seen it all, huh? So you thought you'd be brave and try Granada? I approach a sign at the bus station clearly marked with English text stating "Tourist Information Centre," and ask the big fat lady working the counter in my fumbled-Spanish for a schedule to Malaga, please. She slams her open palm with all her might onto the counter, "No comprende!", throws two photocopies at me, and storms into the back room never to be seen again. Welcome to Granada, young man! This is a sign of things to come--from hotel staff, bus drivers, waiters, waitresses, store vendors, Alhambra ticket agents, shifty homeless guys. What the hell did I do wrong? Why is everybody so angry here? Excuse me for freakin' living!
Bonus Tip: Carry a baseball bat around in one hand. There's a small chance people might be polite and treat you with some dignity it they think you might give them a conk on the head. I wouldn't guarantee it though.Related to:
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Pussy cats everywhere - miaow!!
Granada's walled Alhambra was full of pussy cats. All over the place. Generally friendly and often hardly more than kittens. Especially around the snack bars - cats are certainly resourceful and not stupid :-)
There was a particularly strange looking grey one near the Alcazabar. I think she had some wolf in her genetic code.
Some of the older cats had their right ear clipped - maybe because they had been given 'the chop'
(:-o -O~Related to:
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You Need to Ask for the Check
In Europe, dining is an experience that is meant to be enjoyed and not hurried through. This is reflected in the wait staff service. You may end up sitting for quite a long time after your dessert has long been eaten and your espresso quaffed. That's because your waiter will not bring you your check until you've asked for it. They don't bring it automatically because they don't want to seem like they are eager to rush you out of the place. So when you're ready to leave, simply get your waiter's attention and confidently ask, "La cuenta, por favor."
Habas con jamon.
At least eat this once. It is the local speciality.
I must say that I liked it , to my surprice , since
I'm not used to eat beans. But I did find it a bit greacy.
It is Ham (Jamon) made in the Sierra from
Trevélez and very soft , juicy beans. The time I
ate it , they served an egg on top.
It works well , the combimation of salty porc
meat and beans and it is not expensive.
'Gargoyles'. I simply love them.
They are not typical for Granada of course.
You can find them on almost every gothic
church , cathedral. They are used to lead
the rainwater from the roof away from the
walls in order not to damage them too much.
I love them because it was one of those rare
moments that early artist could express their
creativity. In most cases the subject was from the
bible. But making a 'gargoyle' and imagining evil
was a chance to get loose.
Go and see them on the cathedral.
El Corpus Cristi
The biggest celebration in Granada durring the year is a week long "party" near the busstation.
There were this year (2005) an amusement park and lots of tents (big ones) that was working as restaurants, bars and discos.
This is yet another avent where you will be able to see women and children dress up in the tradicional gypsy-flamenco-dresses.
Normally El Corpus Cristi is around the end of may or the beggining of june (it depends on when is easter!)Related to:
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All are correct and you will see it spelt in either way all across Granada. I'm not sure where the spellings come from. Maybe one is the Arabic spelling and the other is the Spanish Spelling and another the British!
Don't be confused by it though!
Where, When and How to go out in Granada
On a Friday or Saturday night in Spain you usually go out for dinner at 10 O'clock and then hit the bars or Botellon (street party) at 12 o' Clock (yes that late! The bars are empty before then unless they serve tapas too!). Then the people usually head to a nightclub at around 3 and stay there until they are thrown out (usually around 7 in the morning). Spain (especially Andalucia in the south) is a party country.
Remember portions of the drinks here are not measured so drinks are really strong. This usually causes problems for us Brits as we are not used to being able to drink all night so usually cram alcohol down our necks at a rate you wouldn't believe! We can't do that in Spain or we'll be in bed before the party's begun! Pacing takes time to learn, but can be done!
IMPORTANT: If you hear a bell toll in a bar don't worry this means someone has tipped the barman/woman and not that it is last orders. So you can relax!
The favourite drink in Spain is Whisky/Whiskey. You will see more types of it here than in Ireland and Scotland put together! Watch out for the brand called DYC too. you could never call a drink that in an English speaking country. If you don't get why try reading it as a word and not an Acronym. Hehe.Related to:
Around cathedral area you will find many human statues waiting for their tip to move. Big groups are normally their victims lol..
While we were there this guy had scared a bunch of students lol moving suddenly
Practising for Easter Procesions
Here we saw a group of people that will be carrying the Saints during the Easter processions.
this takes a lot of practise, for months they try the itinerary so their night all goes perfect.
We can prove that that corner was not an easy one.
Yes - Si
No - No
Thank you - Gracias
Please - Por favor
Sorry - Lo siento
Excuse Me - Perdon
I don't understand - No comprendo
Do you speak English? - Habla usted ingles?
How are you? - Como esta usted?
Good morning - Buenos dias
Good night - Buenos noches
Good bye - Adios
Mosto de Mures
Another drink custom, that's right siree! This is a bitter sweet wine that's found in almost all bars we went to..... (to the right of "tapa" plate) must be a Granada thing! it was quite good. We were told it would go to our head quick but didnt, so.... go for it! :o) (well, and even if it did)
Very popular in Granada, Spain. It is found on tap in most Bars and Pubs. It is most often served in "Wine Glasses" After a week of drinking it and other beers of Southern Spain It was refreshing from the first sip to the last, they always served it super-cold!!! I didn't notice any hoppiness or bitter after taste. Locals of Granada praise their Alhambra beer, and with good reason.
See what Spanish say: "Good or bad but always me". Well, they are really great people, very open and seem to be very happy too, not caring too much about tomorrow. It's not hard to experience the famous "manana" here but you can get used to it.
Sure, why do something today if you could do it tomorrow? ;-) Sooo relaxing...
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