This past weekend I went on my first fieldtrip with my Mediterranean Ecosystems class. We explored the sub-Mediterranean region of Spain and we got the opportunity to explore massive caves and hike in beautiful national parks. Hiking has, in fact, been a kind of theme for me this semester. Since nature is so beautifully intertwined with the city life here, Granada is the perfect city to scratch your itch for beautiful, doable hikes.
I need to emphasize just HOW unathletic I am. I have only ever been on no-cut sports teams and I have had enough trips to the emergency room with a fractured ankle, wrist, you name it! I have been hiking here probably 2-3 times a week, which is the most regular physical activity I’ve done since middle school. I am in a perpetual state of soreness, but that actually feels really good. The hiking here is not just good, but easy (certainly not easy, but easy enough) and so, so beautiful. Every time I get to a peak I am filled with a sense of wonder and I am deeply humbled to be living in a corner of the Earth that is unique, wonderful, and mine.
All of the hiking I’ve been doing inspired me to put together a video compellation of some of the views I’ve seen so that you, too, can share in experiencing the beauty that is the hills of Granada.
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