A buzz rang and I was inside of bright colored, unorthodox room, where the receptionists sat behind a desk. The words “White Nest Hostel” were scrolled largely across the wall, with vibrant splotches of color and graphics on either side. I was greeted with a warm smile. She checked me into my room and gave me a map, where she scribbled away at all of the highlights of Granada, the attractions and fantastic tapas restaurants. I walked through the two bright pink and neon orange common areas and glanced into the kitchen, before I took the winding steps to the top floor, where I found my room. It was orange with a white ceiling spotted with brown beams, which indicated that I was staying under the roof of the building. I locked my bags in my locker and took to wandering the streets.
She told me some of the history of the region and told of her own wanderings and learnings from her time in Granada already. It was unfortunate that we didn’t have more time to hang out, as she was heading off to Portugal the next afternoon, and would return the day after I left. But sometimes, some short meetings happen for a reason, and are forever remembered with fondness.
For the following days, I wrote in the mornings, cooked foods from the local market and continued my wanderings. I didn’t take the initiative to meet many others in the hostel this time. I took to myself, to learn and to think and to grow. One of the most enlightening moments in Granada was when I sat in the tourist-filled square that was located at the furthest end of Carrera del Darro, where a gypsy sat playing her guitar – I wrote a narrative story about this experience here.
Looking back, there are more parts of the city that I wished to have visited – some of which were unknown to me at the time, but I will forever cherish my experience in Granada and I still have plenty of reason to return!
Other travel updates:
Travel update I – Barcelona, Spain
Travel update II – Madrid, Spain
Travel update IV – Ronda & Sevilla, Spain
Travel update V – Marrakech, Morocco
Travel update VI – Marseille & Nice, France