Granada’s Gypsy Flamenco

Too. Cool.
First of all, the location was already incredible. We made a long trek up a mountain to get to the caves where the Gitanos live, and on the hike up there we had stunning views of the Alhambra and the city of Granada below. When we finally arrived, there were groups of Gypsies lounging outside of the cave dwellings, strumming their guitars and smoking their cigarrillos, no doubt preparing for their performances. They all had tan skin with long, dark hair, just as I had imagined. The “caves” actually have smooth, white walls, but they are called caves because these rooms have been carved into the side of the mountain. We all crammed into this long, skinny room, and the excitement in the air was palpable.

I went to Great Britain! ;)

You know you're in Great Britain when...OMG IT'S AFRICA!!!!
Cannons shot from the top reach Africa!Stalactites in St. Michael's Cave
And if you don't know, now ya know...City of Gibraltar

I took a day trip with friends to Gibraltar on Feb. 11, and here’s some of what we saw!

It was so cool being in a place with that much history. Everyone has heard of Gibraltar, and now I’ve been there! I cannot describe how awesome it was seeing the shadowy form of Africa looming in the distance. From Europa Point you can see Gibraltar, Spain, the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, the Straight of Gibraltar, and the Mediterranean Sea! There’s tons of cannons all over the place too, since this little piece of land has had a pretty violent past. There’s a cannon here that weighs 100 TONS! There’s also another cannon at the very tippy-top of The Rock that can fire cannonballs that reach Africa!

Also, one of my favorite things I found out was that one of Hercules’ mythical 12 tasks was performed here. He was asked to split the land in order to reach Hades. So, in order to complete the task, what he did was place one foot in Gibraltar, and the other foot in Africa, and by splitting his feet apart he created the Straight of Gibraltar!

Also, the Gibraltarians are a pretty interesting lot. They speak English with a British accent, but then can switch into perfect Spanish at a moment’s notice! Very disorienting, but very cool. And of course, they love their queen. Gibraltar has been English territory since the early 18th century. I loved seeing a little bit of British culture. I even got to eat fish & chips! And take a photo in a red telephone booth!

But, I have to say, my favorite part was playing with the MONKEYS!!!!

Two monkeys!This one jumped on me by surprise.
Then he peed on me!Two young monkeys! :)

I loved the Gibraltar monkeys! Even though one of them peed on me, the pictures I got were worth it!!