Granada Diary #4

January 28, 2016

My group and I are headed to Madrid today, first stopping in Toledo and tomorrow visiting Segovia. I went to all three of these cities went I went to Spain in high school, but am excited to go back! I remember thinking they were beautiful. However, I've been loving Granada as much as ever. My host parents took me on a beautiful hike on Sunday.

At the Beach in Nerja

January 26, 2016

Yesterday, I posted about my trip to the Mediterranean coast of Spain, but didn't include my beach pictures. I wanted to share them separately! A group of friends and I spent the day on the beach in Nerja, and it was so beautiful...

Along Spain's Mediterranean Coast

January 25, 2016

One of the amazing things about studying abroad in Granada is that you are never more than 30 minutes from the coast of the Mediterranean. Last weekend, I got my first taste of the beautiful coastal towns when my host family took me to Almuñécar. This past weekend, though, a group of students from my school and I headed back down to explore a little more.

Granada Diary #3

January 24, 2016

Last week, we went on a tour of the Baroque district of Granada. I have wandered through this district several times on my own and with friends, and I continue to be amazed by all the beautiful buildings and streets that I come upon every time.

Granada To-Do List

January 21, 2016

It seems like every day that I'm here in Granada, my list of things I want to check out gets longer. I figured I should start writing them down so I can hold myself accountable! I am living in this city for over four months, and I want to really experience it. Here are some things I want to do in and around this city...

Restaurants + Food
  • eat while watching a Flamenco show at Jardines de Zoraya
  • have dinner with a view of the Alhambra at Carmen Mirador de Aixa and/or Restaurante Estrellas de San Nicolás
  • try Granada's famous sangria
  • find a panedería/pastelería with the best croissant and pan (bread)
  • have a picnic in a scenic plaza or mirador
  • try cava, the Spanish version of champagne
  • get tapas at places my friend recommended
Things to Do
  • go to the Mirador de San Nicolás at night
  • walk through the Parque Garcia Lorca
  • tour the Alhambra
  • walk through the Generalife gardens near the Alhambra
  • hike in the Sierra Nevadas
  • visit the villages in the Alpujarras
  • hike in the Cahorros
  • see the beach caves of Nerja
  • visit the gypsy village of the Sacromonte
  • wander through the Realejo neighborhood
  • tour the Catedral de Granada
  • visit the Capilla Real, the mausoleum
  • go to the Arab Baths
  • visit the Jardín Botánico de la Universidad de Granada (botanical gardens)
  • visit the Monasterio de San Jerónimo
  • go to the Mirador de San Miguel in the Sacromonte
  • visit the Basilica de San Juan de Dios

Update: Here is my full guide of things to see and places to eat in Granada.

Granada Diary #2

January 20, 2016

After a few hours of orientation at school on Monday and a midday lunch with my host family, I ventured back into the historic Albayzín neighborhood with a group of students and a professor from our school here in Spain.

A Day in Almuñécar

January 18, 2016

On Sunday, my host family took me on a day trip to beautiful Almuñécar, a nearby town on Spain's Costa Tropical. I couldn't get enough of the endless Mediterranean charm and of course the incredible ocean views. I think I may have found heaven...

Granada Diary #1

January 15, 2016

Hola from Granada! It's my second full day here and I'm already in love with this city. I've spent the past 48 hours doing as much exploring as possible...


January 12, 2016

Today's the day! I'm off on a five month long adventure, studying abroad in Spain and traveling around Europe.

Day in Acadia

January 11, 2016

I'm leaving for Spain tomorrow, and knew that I wanted to do something to make the most of my last few days of Maine over the weekend! My parents agreed to head to beautiful Acadia National Park with me on Saturday, and I'm so glad we went.

Weekend Reading

January 8, 2016

I can't believe I'm leaving for Spain on Tuesday! I had a lot going on this week, not the least of which was preparing for 5+ months abroad. Hopefully I'll get everything together this weekend and will leave myself some time to relax!

Here are some links I liked the past few weeks...

Currently | December 2015

January 5, 2016

I've been looking for a new way to document my monthly favorites and I think I've found it! I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Sincerely Kenz, to write a monthly post about what I'm currently watching, loving, eating, reading, etc. So here goes!

Visiting Friends Around New England

January 4, 2016

I spent the past few days driving all around New England visiting friends and saying goodbye before I leave for Spain. I had such a fun time!


January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

A fun little bar set-up that I gave to my sister for her new apartment.

Instead of setting resolutions, I'm going to keep chipping away at my 101 in 1001 list that I made last New Years! I've been doing pretty well... I've checked off 28 items and I already know for sure that I'll accomplish others this year (like studying abroad in Spain, traveling with family, moving into an apartment, etc.)!

Here's to 2016!

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