La Alhambra is one of the most visited places in Spain, and now I know why. I went for the first time this week, and I’ve decided that it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world! It is a palace that was once home to the muslim rulers of southern Spain, filled with detailed carvings, colorful tiles, and arched windows with spectacular views of the city below. I was totally mesmerized and spent most of the day on Friday wandering though the flower-filled gardens, taking in the beautiful Islamic architecture and design, and reading on a vine-covered terrace overlooking the city. If only I could move in! :)
But I did find out that part of La Alhambra it free to enter for anyone, which is great, and since it is only a 10 minute (uphill) walk from my house, I decided to go back with my roommate Sine on Sunday to enjoy some sunshine that had caught us by surprise. That definitely won’t be my last trip to La Alhambra—I hope to go there often and soak up more of that beautiful place!
i miss you.
i miss you.
i miss you.
i was going through iphoto and looking at all my pictures and they made me misss youu! so i thought i would post them so you can see that i am thinking about you!
love X 1,000,000
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside, of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush” (Exod. 3:1,2).
The vision came in the midst of common toil, and that is where the Lord delights to give His revelations. He seeks a man who is on the ordinary road, and the Divine fire leaps out at his feet. The mystic ladder can rise from the market place to Heaven. It can connect the realm of drudgery with the realms of grace.
My Father God, help me to expect Thee on the ordinary road. I do not ask for sensational happenings. Commune with me through ordinary work and duty. Be my Companion when I take the common journey. Let the humble life be transfigured by Thy presence.”
—streams in the desert devotional
shopping for food here is interesting. you don’t just buy everything at the supermarket like in the states. there are fruterías for fruit and vegetables, carnicerías for meat, panaderías for bread, pastelerías for desserts, and the supermercado for the rest. i think i’ve finally found favorite frutería and carnicería, and i go there every week. it’s fun walking around the city, buying fresh ingredients, but it also can take a long time! still haven’t found my favorite panadería. i will let you know when i do. i am also trying to cook spanish food while i’m here, so maybe next time i see you i can cook you up a tortilla española or some flan! more on that later…
tonight, i’m going out on the town!
the study spot.
i love this place. it’s called paseo de los tristes and it is a short walk from our apartment. i go there to read, study spanish, or prepare for my classes. lately margot, sine, and i have been going there a lot, trying to catch the last rays of sun before the winter comes. it’s getting colder here—and fast. and i’m not ready! tank tops and spring dresses just aren’t going to cut it come november. brrr i can feel the cold already. i’ll let you know how it goes!
muuuusic. what would i do without my little black bear? :)
Artist: Port O’Brien
Song: My Will Is Good
For Car Car