Another late start and I'm feeling so refreshed! I love that in Spain (many parts of Europe for that matter) people stay out late and consequently, sleep in late. I went to bed around 3 am (because I can) and woke up at 3 pm. Okay...this is not what everyone does but I think my body is still adjusting to the time difference AND I've been using the eye mask I was given on the plane & think I may now be a forever eye mask sleeper! it's 3 pm but in my world of absolute darkness it might as well be 3 am! I also love that I've taken the time to stay in one place for a while before moving on to my next destination--doing a little bit each day so that my must-see agenda is not jam packed and my days long and exhausting.
Yesterday I went for a leisurely stroll in the early afternoon and stopped in for a fresh coconut & banana zumo (juice) while I read the majority of Siddhartha (an overdue library book i packed). After that, I headed back toward my block and decided to pop in at the restaurant about 5 steps away from my front door. It is there where I met my friend Pablo, a twenty-five year old (or so he says although I wouldn't be surprised if he was younger) waiter. Pablo works at the restaurant along with his older sister, her boyfriend, and the boyfriend's mother which is the owner. He and I began to chat and became instant pals when he served me homemade flan on the house. I don't even like flan all that much but you add fresh kiwi and whipped cream and what's not to love?! At the end of my meal, I spent a few minutes asking Pablo about bus routes around town in an attempt to better orientate myself. I was trying to find the most spectacular "mirador" or vantage point to take in the whole view of Granada. I was so glad I asked because everything I had read led me to one spot but apparently the locals knew of an even better one. Pablo invited me to accompany him to the most amazing mirador where I could take it all in. We sat on a wall drinking vino tinto de verano which is the tastiest & most refreshing beverage! It's basically chilled red wine with lemon-lime Fanta. The view was incredible and we spent this time chatting about his life in Granada while I took several photos which I'll have to uplad when I return to the states. I forgot to bring the cord that allows me to upload photos from my camera onto my iPad--shame! But I digress...
After about an hour and a half of chatting and taking in the views, we returned to our block and as we said goodbye, he invited me to go swimming at his family's pool the next day. In an attempt to keep my agenda spontaneous and not to make too many plans, I requested that he stop by the next day to see if I'm around. If I'm free, perhaps I'd take him up on his offer.
Apparently Pablo stopped by today to invite me for a swim but I was in a deep sleep at 1:30 pm. He slipped the attached note under my front door which I thought was hilarious! Please pay close attention to the hand-drawn hearts and lips! Does young Pablo have a little crush on me...or is this just the Spanish way?
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