Eighty One

IMG_4203A Year of Yoga: March 23, 2014

Pose: Half Moon Variation

Sanskrit: Ardha-Chandrasana

Location: LLano de la Perdiz hiking trail above Granada. This trail is popular with locals for walking, mountain biking, and Sunday picnics. We certainly found that to be true. It was an amazingly beautiful and clear day and we had better views of the snowy Sierra Nevada today.

We followed the trail out of the parking lot of the Alhambra and encountered many people biking and walking their dogs off leash. It reminded  me so much of the Fullerton Loop. We were walking the trail but I was really envious of the people passing us on mountain bikes. Saturday and Sunday mornings are mountain biking days for me in Fullerton, but in Sevilla there is pretty much no mountain biking close by. Here are a few things that happened on our morning hike.

We stopped to adjust some things in the backpack and so my long sleeved shirt was laying on the ground. A pitbull puppy ran up to us and started rummaging through our stuff and ran off with my shirt. His owner was chasing him trying to get the shirt back and of course the puppy just thought it was a game. He did recover my shirt and was super apologetic. I just thought it was funny because I’ve been there with my own dog.

On one section of the trail there are exercise stations. So we were stopping and doing some of the workouts. We ran into a couple of gentleman who asked us to take their picture. When we started talking of course they could tell we weren’t native Spanish speakers so they asked us where we were from. We told them about the study abroad program and it turned out they were both professors at the university in Granada. They were very kind and said we were welcome in Spain and they were glad we were enjoying ourselves.

On the rest of the hike we passed by lots of people enjoying picnics, birthday parties, and playing futbol. Eventually we came to the beautiful views of the Alhambra. We walked back through the Alhambra parking lot and followed the path all the way down through the main entrance. The same one used centuries ago by people visiting the palace to see the Caliph.

This was our last day in Granada so we spent the rest of it wandering around the cathedral and had dinner at a nice restaurant and bought a few souvenirs. We really loved Granada and hope we can return.

Photography Credit: Brandon



Seventy Nine



A Year of Yoga: March 21, 2014

Pose: Tree with namaste variation

Sanskrit: Vrksasana

Location: Just one of the many incredible courtyards at the Alhambra in Granada. Today was excursion number 2 with the students. We boarded a chartered bus at 8am and set off on the 3 hour drive to Granada. I was especially excited because our family rented a kick ass loft and planned to stay in Granada until Monday in order to take advantage of our proximity to the Sierra Nevada mountains. (Just like in California!) Also, this is the first trip that we planned on our own. I love the excursions that have been planned for us, but it’s nice to have an opportunity to do something a little more our speed and style…(i.e. nature). But I’m on a tangent. More about Sierra Nevada in the next post. Today we explored the Alhambra. The Alhambra was originally a small fortress and then built up into an incredible palace by the Muslim kingdom back in the 11th and 12th centuries. We got a wonderful tour guide, Israel, to walk us through the grounds and buildings and give us a very detailed history lesson about Granada being the last Moorish stronghold in Andalusia, and how it was here that Queen Isabel finally won her war in 1492. The history is sad (like all wars) but the architecture is truly spectacular. For more pictures of this beautiful place, see the photo galleries.

Photography Credit: Brandon