a neighboorhood at the top of Granada!
12/01/2012 17 °C
Yesterday we went to da hood.
The neighborhood of Albayzin is at the top of one of the hills in Granada, and it's really great because first we went to Carmen Vista Albayzin , which is this really great rustic garden place. It kind of reminded me of the sculpture garden that we went to for mother's day (see examples below), because it was the whole colorful lights and green arches and just a really wonderfully blend of nature.
Sculpture garden in NJ:
And here are some of the pictures of the Carmen of the Albayzin (I seriously looked so hard to try and find a good definition of a Carmen sort of garden place to give you guys a better understanding, but there are so many different things that a Carmen is, including a play, a driver of a streetcar or horsedrawn carriage, a type of software... so hopefully these pictures give enough of an explanation):
I know those have people in them that aren't me, so my apologies, but these are the best I can do!
We learned also while there (with the same Spanish-speaking tour guide that puts us partly to sleep sometimes) that Carmen comes from the Latin carmen which means song (canción). I found this also on Wiki, which I now remember her mentioning (from what I could pick up):
Its presence in literature:
In Nabokov's 'Lolita', the name is used in reference to Mr Clare Quilty, the man who takes Lolita from Humbert. Carmen and Clare being both male and female names, Lolita uses them to deceive Humbert into thinking he is a woman and no threat.
So I guess it has a kind of sultry mystery to it... I'm so interested in this whole Carmen concept because whenever we were able to choose a Spanish name to be called in our Spanish classes, I've always chosen Carmen and am lightly toying around with that idea for my future hija (daughter). Obviously I have plenty of time to think about it, but I just love that name so much and now it means so much more now that I learned about it!
so from there we pretty much went up up up to the top of the hill (you'll be seeing the climb) and then took pictures and saw around, and then went back down! But there was obviously much more depth than that!!
notice the girl doing homework on the roof at the far left! What a lucky chica! Maybe her name is Carmen...
people hang out here because as you can see, it has a great view of the montanas (mountains) and it seems like a great sunset spot! Before we ventured over to get a better look, there was some music playing which I wish I got to see before it ended!
here's me! Under the Spanish sun
There was lots of graffiti through this one area we walked through, but it wasn't trashy seeming, it seemed more like a communal type art/tagging thing. Sorry it's kind of hard to think clearly right now, my roommate is video chatting with her friend so she's distracting me
This is while we were walking back down! Not a bad thing to look up and see, huh??
So that was the Albayzin! Here's the link to a short Wiki description about it to fill in any holes:
I doubt I'll find many more things as beautiful as those sights were yesterday, but I look forward to trying!!