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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First we walked through the pedestrian zone where I saw how the friendly locals mix with tourists.
Its really hard to make a difference between locals and people from somewhere else because Granada is a big mix pot of cultures.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.