The Summit Prep’s 2019 Study Abroad Trip to España is officially underway! Check back in and follow us on our adventures as we travel from Barcelona to Madrid in 11 days! We’ll do our best to post every day, with the intent being our students traveling will be creating the blog posts. But due to international internet connections and other traveling surprises, we may have to post several days at the same time!
Day 5: Granada – The Summit Also Rises
Written by a special guest Ghost Writer and also Ernest Hemmingway
“Going to another country doesn’t make any difference, I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.”
Moving day dawned bright and sunny as The Summit prepped for the 7 hour ride to Granada.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” I thought to myself as I crammed my American sized body next to Señora Leighninger on the European sized bus planning to read away the kilometers.
“We drove out along the coast road. There was the green of the headlands, the white, red-roofed villas, patches of forest, and the ocean very blue with the tide out and the water curling far out along the beach.”
We passed through villages as we headed inland towards the mountains. Our tour leader Jörg pointed out a large bull sculpture, the national symbol of Spain, off in the distance.
“Have you ever been to a bullfight?” Señora Leighninger asked me.
“No” I replied.
“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”
“But the bulls are my friends.” I countered
We rode on in silence for a time occasionally nodding off, stopping for lunch at a Spanish truck stop.
“Where is the hot dog roller?” I heard one disgruntled kid ask, apparently too good for gas station seafood paella (or not wanting the inevitable stomach ache).
“They don’t have one” I said in response, earning me a dirty look. “Don’t ask me a lot of questions if you don’t like the answer”.
At 5 we arrived in Granada. A beautiful mountain town surrounded by snow capped mountains. We did a tour of the town seeing the square and the Cathedral.
“When was all of this built?” Señora asked me.
“I don’t know. There isn’t always an explanation for everything.” I answered.
“There is for this”
“I know you’re right. I’m just low, and when I’m low I talk like a fool.”
Before dinner we passed through an old and narrow silk market turned tourist trap. “The road to h**l is paved with unbought stuffed animals” I thought as I purchased one more for Hudson.
Shopping done, we went to a free dinner!
Anne Mason noted that nothing on this trip is free. We just prepaid. “Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it”.
Dinner was good, if forgettable, pork chops, baked potato and a salad.
After dinner we checked into the hotel to reflect on our day.
“Here’s the beautiful lady” I said, sitting down next to Señora as she sat with the others, reflecting on our day’s journey.
“Tomorrow will be even better” Senora said, enjoying the cool of the evening.
“Yes”, I said, “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”
**pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection… still working on that. Check Facebook for lots of photos.
Chaperone note: Do you get it? This post was inspired (and quoted) from Earnest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.