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Published: July 27th 2009
Welcome to Guejar
Description of the town-"The Heart of the Sierra Nevada"
This is the summer of experiences, and I have another checked off!
The last weekend in Grand Granada (as I now refer to my host-city) the trio set out to hike the beautiful landscape that we have been simply viewing these past 2 months. Each day I walk to and from school with the most picturesque background of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The actual beauty really came full circle with me after hiking up, down, and around a small portion of them.
We hopped on a city bus that took us 45 minutes up into the mountains to a small town called Guejar. A>D>O>R>A>B>L>E!!!!
I really want to give props to the brave bus driver. It was a coach/greyhound size bus, and he was weaving around the tightest corners imaginable. The road was so skinny, I thought it was a one way-until we met the first car... very interesting maneuvers.
We got dropped off on the side of the road, and it was a little awkward "Is this it?" "We are here?" "What the heck?" "I'm...a little confused..." We exited the bus nonetheless.
We began our hike up a hill into what seemed like the downtown part
of the city. We sat down in the Plaza Mayor and mapped out our route. I have now seen the biggest Plaza Mayor (Madrid) and definitely the smallest Plaza Mayor (Guejar) It was a charming little square, complete with 2 boys battling it out with the soccer ball (yes I almost joined in!) and a group of "older" men shooting the breeze. They had pretty thick accents, so I could not join in with them! 😊
We picked our route and set off! It was mainly on the roads, but then we veered off and went down to a running river-INCLUDING a waterfall! This was a first time for me-and it was stunning to say the least. The air was so fresh and clear. I just loved it. I felt like a real hiker too, having to literally climb up a mountain of rocks.
I might regret publishing the major lesson I learned this trip-but I am still in awe! My friend Natalie (from Chicago!) was all about finding a walking stick. I was so confused, and figured she was just trying to be funny. But she did not let it go; after trying a billion different sticks
on the bus...
vistas vistas vistas
out, she finally found one and was JUST pumped! She literally walked the entire way, and would NOT put the darn stick down-even in pictures. I finally asked, why she needed help walking... she was doing just fine? WELL, turns out-the main use of a walking stick is not for walking but rather to fend off danger. After the Natalie and Kate gathered themselves from laughing-they explained it is for safety that people carry walking sticks. WHO KNEW?!?! Hiker lesson learned.
We hiked for a couple hours, and sat by the river for lunch. Packed Bocadillos (french bread sandwiches) never get old! The whole afternoon was a combination between a good workout, fresh air, amazing views, and another great experience!
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