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Mag-2013

Waiting to see Granada….

The weather here is a little crazy. It goes from very hot, giving one the feeling the brain is frying, to moments when I need to wear the sweatshirt I brought with me, because I’m cautious and because somebody told me to! I spent the last two days visiting Almunecar with my friend Aurora, since she was off both afternoons during the weekend and above all, because we have not spent so much time together in almost twenty years. Today we have dedicated our time to the south side of the city, which I found out to be much bigger than what I had initially thought.

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Le bottiglie del famoso rum di Motril esposte in giro per la citta – Bottles of the popular rum from Motril showed around town

Tourism here has been one of the major income resources for years and the cause of a savage unlawful building that has destroyed the hills around to make room for ugly cement constructions, whether they are hotels or private homes. But the economical crises of the recent past has damaged a lot of the businesses here and I can realized that because of the numerous signs saying “Se alquila”, “for rent” that is, or “Se vende”, “for sale”, all around town, posted on stores’ closed gates or on door or balconies of private homes and apartments. It’s so sad, I think, since I can only imagine the situation in Italy is not much different than here: two amazing countries, rich in history and culture and now in shambles. I’m here to see the beauty of this place though and not to feel sorry because of a politic that brought the population on its knees, so I continue my sightseeing tour. Some of the places I would like to visit are closed for renovation to prepare for the summer season, which it’s not to far, so I have to be content with what is available these days. The first stop is a the Majuelo Botanical Garden, where there are several trees coming from all over the world. The park has been built around an ancient fish-salting factory, dated back to the Roman Empire. I’ve been here for three days now and I’ve been able to rest only at nighttime and I’m starting to feel quite tired. The constant changes in temperature make me even more irritable that I could not care any less about the Roman ruins at this point! Luckily there’s the Palacete della Najarra not to far from here, a colorful neo-Arabic building from the eighteenth century and its best part of all, its benches, fountain and trees where we can find some rest and comfort.

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dettagli della Najarra – Najarra’s details

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Finalmente una sosta all’ombra! – Finally I can get some rest in the shade!

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Dentro il giardino della Najarra – Inside the Narranca’s gardens

We have decided to go back home early today and quickly cross the old town to get home on time for a nice dinner and for the evening news, to find out what’s going on in the rest of the world. My Spanish is getting better, or at least I’m getting accustomed to the musical sound of this language that I feel quite confident about going to Granada all by myself tomorrow.

I cannot wait to be there!

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