No blog about a study-abroad experience in Granada would be complete without a post about La Alhambra.
From afar, the Alhambra is sublime: seen from the famous Mirador de San Nicolás, the Alhambra is backed by the Sierra Nevada and you’re overwhelmed and filled by the sheer force of history, culture and nature alike.
At night, the Alhambra is surreal: it’s lit-up through the wee hours, guarded by men in dark uniforms. Lorca’s moon (round like a woman, large as a dream, frigid as silver) rises above the dark, rustling forests at its feet and your imagination runs wild.
And an experience up close, visiting the Palacios Nazaríes, is an act of ceaseless reverence: to exact geometries, still pools, perfect tessellations. The universe is captured in the details.
Whether sublime, surreal, an architectural perfection or a monument to history, the Alhambra is certainly something that one never forgets, pass the years that pass.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Haley Stewart was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and is currently a Comparative Literature Major at Williams College in Massachusetts. She was lucky enough to be in a Spanish Immersion program from preschool thru high school, an experience which left her a fluent Spanish-speaker, a lover of Latin-American literature and an avid traveler. She's used her Spanish in many ways since, from teaching computer classes in Oaxaca, Mexico, to volunteering at an organization for low-paid farm workers in Oregon, to her classes on Spanish literature and history at Williams. Haley's most recent travel experience, a month and a half long trip to England on a travel fellowship from Williams, hiking alone through the beautiful Lake District in the footsteps of the Romantic poet Wordsworth, has left her even more excited to explore Granada. A lover of Federico Garcia Lorca for many years, Haley looks forward to not only walking, but living, in a city full of such poetry, music and magic.</span></p>