Granada

How I accidentally got to see Granada for a day.

Girona, September the 2nd 2013
So I was all by myself after my friends waved me goodbye and we continued into two opposite directions. They returned home to Austria and I headed alone to the American continent.
If its gonna work? I didn’t know, but at least I got to try.

Shelter, security and food. Many people just call it a gas station.

For the following years my life would look like this. I put my fate into the hands of the people I meet. They will decide what will happen with me and where I will end up in the end of each day. The road will be my home and strangers will be my family.

One of the first sleeping spots on this journey.

I would fall asleep to the wavelike sound of passing cars and often wake up to an amazing scenery I’ve never seen before. I gave up my safe bed for a hidden place next to the road. The price of freedom…

Sometimes you get dropped off in the middle of beautiful nowhere.

My faith often got tested when I got dropped off in the middle of nowhere without any traffic nor civilization or seeing the signs of crime and violence on the road. Especially in the beginning, still close to home, it was difficult to make the decision to keep going.

In all my loneliness I had a lot of time to think about what happened with this truck.

One of those moments was, when I got a ride to a gas station somewhere between Murcia and Gibraltar. In one day 3 people stopped to fill up their cars. Sadly all were locals and lived close by. In the end of that day I made the decision to walk the following day to the next town or gas station. I woke up early and started my infinite walk.

Walking with too much luggage in too much sun but just two bottles of water.

After 3 hours of walking in the dry heat of the area I arrived at the next off ramp to find out that there is nothing but one car that was about to leave. I dropped my luggage and ran to it and begged the driver to take me to the next town. He saw that I was desperate and told me to get my stuff and hop in. He gave me a bottle of water and brought me to Baca.

Clara and Ismael, my two saving angels.

In Baca I didn’t need to hitchhike for long until this incredible young couple stopped and offered me a ride to Granada. Clara and Ismael told me that they passed me before and decided to turn around and help me.

Clara showing how I looked next to the road.

When they asked me if I have ever been in Granada I told them that when I traveled past it the last time the people didn’t treat us very good. That’s why me and my friend never got the idea to enter the city.

Because of what I told them they insisted to take me into Granada and give me a tour to show me some beauties of the city and convince me that its an incredible place.

The city is full of sculptures and fountains.

First they took me to a supermarket to buy a camera for them and some food for my way then we parked the car and went to see the city.

Exploring the city finding a ton of things that need to be captured.

First we walked through the pedestrian zone where I saw how the friendly locals mix with tourists.

Am I the only one seeing that black man?

Its really hard to make a difference between locals and people from somewhere else because Granada is a big mix pot of cultures.

Chilling on the roof during a nice summer day. I just want to join.

Because it has one of the biggest universities of Spain, you see a lot of young people from all over the world enjoying the Spanish lifestyle.

The Alhambra contains the most important buildings of the Islamic-Arabic times.

For the end they took me to this castle on top of the hill to see the sunset. The Alhambra(The Red) is one of the most important buildings of the renaissance in Spain and because it has many buildings that are made by different cultures it is another example of how different cultures influenced this city. It even has an Austrian part(Karl V.).

Hundreds of people are gathering to see the sunset.

Loads of tourists and locals were already waiting for the sun to set above the city. Looks like the perfect spot for ending an amazing day.

The majestic castle on top of the plateau.

But my guides took me up a church tower to have an even better view of the castle, the Sierra Nevada, the sunset and the city.

If I changed my mind about Granada?
Definitely yes!  It became one of my favourite European cities. I will return not just once.

The best house in the world, you can take it wherever you want.

Afterwards the two brought me to a gas station outside of the city where I immediately got another ride until Malaga. There I found this excellent place in a little forest next to the road. Next day I just had to hitchhike 137 km’s(85 miles) until Gibraltar.

28 thoughts on “Granada”

  1. Well done! That’s quite a score of a trip! You never know what wonders life will bring when you’re open to the possibilities of new experiences and unexpected joys. This trip looks to have been the epitome of that idea. I’m glad you had a great time seeing Granada.

  2. This is so cool. At first I thought it was a typo and you meant the Caribbean Grenada, then I realized it wasn’t. IT’s such a beautiful place.

  3. Well this is pretty awesome! It is crazy how things work out for us. Glad you got to go on this trip 🙂

  4. You are creating memories that will last a lifetime. I enjoyed reading about this leg of the trip, I loved how you gave Granada another chance and how you didn’t give up and kept on moving. Of all the blogs that I read, this one is easily one of my favorites.

    Thank you so much for taking us on your journey with you!

  5. Your experience really sums up that not all who wander are lost. Our travel experiences makes us appreciate life more. Cheers to more travels!

  6. It’s great that you met this couple otherwise you wouldn’t have experienced Granada in its own glory. I think it’s a beautiful place and it’s definitely worth seeing.

  7. How amazing to get to travel so much, that is something I wish I had done more of before I had kids. It is a lot more difficult to travel now with them. Granada seems like a great place and I love that they shoes you around to really get to enjoy the city.

  8. I have never been overseas yet. It is on my bucket list for sure. Hopefully I can see Granada and check out some of these places along the way.

  9. Traveling is a once in a lifetime thing if you’re lucky to do it! I traveled a lot with family as a kid and have the travel bug. I would love to see these sites! They are gorgeous!

  10. That is so cool that you encountered just the right couple to make your trip safer and more welcome. I love connecting with locals when I travel, the ones I have met really enriched my experiences.

  11. the trips we dont plan well for are always the very best because it brings to us alot of scare and loads loads of surprises that lives us all cherishing the moments there, Granada seems a fun location, so yes i say it was fun for you.

  12. This was such an adventure. So Happy you made it to your destination. The pictures are beautiful.

  13. Aw, this was a really nice post. In concept I want to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means appear to get something done.

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