Oh I do love to be beside the seaside…

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It can’t be denied that one of the best things about living in Spain is the weather. Whilst in my first couple of days in Granada in February the shroud of grey sky threatened scattered showers of rain and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada were coated in a thick layer of snow, a few weeks later things had really begun to heat up. Primavera, por fin! By the beginning of March it was definitely time for a beach trip. Continue reading

Semana Santa in Granada

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20150330_185144Holy week is one of the biggest events of the year in Andalusia, welcoming thousands of visitors to the region in search of the countless religious celebrations. In Granada it is no different: in the first week of April the city was abuzz with life, the streets were crowded with people and coloured processions marched through the streets from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday. Continue reading

¡Bienvenida a Granada!

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View of the Alhambra from my terrace

¡Hola Granada! After only a few weeks I am already in love with the culture, the architecture and the people of the Andalusian city. Surrounded by towering mountains of rock and snow for hiking and skiing, with the beaches of the Tropical coast only an hour away, Granada really offers the best of both worlds. The city itself is  an amalgamation of both modern Spain and its historical Islamic heritage. You can spend days at a time walking from plaza to plaza (public transport exists, but isn’t really necessary) admiring the fountains and architecture, along with hidden gems hinting at the past of the city, such as the statue of Yehuba Ibn Tibon in the old Jewish Quarter.

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An unexpected snowfall, a visit to a Roman city and a sad farewell in Jordan

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snow 1So, unexpectedly to me (a girl who lives in London: the land of “fear of potential snow”, and goes in university in Durham where snow is half expected and wholly unwanted), snow came to Amman this year. As you may have seen on the news snowstorm ‘Huda’ swept over the Middle East recently bringing even the capital to a standstill. School was closed, the roads were the closed- essentially everything was closed. Unfortunately we didn’t have central heating in our apartment so we spent three days in bed with a gas heater pointed at us whilst we struggled to make the Wifi cooperate. I have never been so eager for my teacher to call and tell me I could come into class!

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Christmas in Amman

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Christmas Decorations at City Mall

Christmas Decorations at City Mall

As the Qasid term finished and people began to drift home for Christmas, it became very obvious to me that I was going to have to step up the celebrations to avoid getting hit too hard by the unavoidable I’m-not-at-home-for-Christmas blues. While some of the other stragglers decided to head over to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, my desire for a cosy, comfortable Christmas Day (and my depleted bank account…) meant that me and my friend/flatmate Jasmine decided to get decorating and search for events in Amman to fill us with Christmas cheer.

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A Dead Sea Day!

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View across the sea to Israel

View across the sea to Israel

For the past few days the weather in Amman has been TERRIBLE. Rain, cold and fog- it feels like winter has finally arrived. Because of the mini ice age (slight over exaggeration but I’ve become acclimatised to Middle Eastern heat) I decided to tag along on my friend Ana’s trip to the Dead Sea. She assured me that it’s “warm all year round!”, which I’m not sure is scientifically true…

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