Journal Entry: February 22, 2012

Unibrows. They’re here, and they’re not going anywhere.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that unibrows are more common in Spain than they are back home. Spaniards are a bit more hairy than your average Anglo/Caucasian. Or maybe it’s just more noticeable because here it’s black hair on pale skin. In any case, I see lots of guys sporting the peach fuzz above their noses, and it’s fine. Certainly not worth commenting on.

But then came along THIS GUY.

I was on the bus headed to class in the morning, and I was minding my own business. Then, this man stepped onto the bus and my eyes couldn’t help but immediately hone in and focus on his face. At first, I thought it was a joke. Like, he had put a fake mustache on his forehead just to see what reactions he would get from people. Haha. Then, he walked closer to me. And I realized that I had been very, very wrong. It was, in fact, real. Thankfully I was wearing sunglasses, because I couldn’t tear my eyes away even if I’d wanted to. I just couldn’t believe it. It was growing onto the bridge of his nose, and from his profile you could see it sticking straight out! I have never in my life seen such a complete unibrow/monobrow/whatever-you-call-it. Crazy! And he was a good-looking guy, too!

I immediately thought of how I needed to share this with my family and friends in the future. Obviously, it would have been rude and unforgivable to take a picture of him (although I was tempted to try to sneak one, I didn’t because that would officially make me the Worst Person Ever). So I took a mental picture instead. And that sketch on a napkin was the result.

After that, I scanned the face of every male I passed to see if they sported unibrows, too. Almost every single guy had some sort of unibrow action going on. But obviously, none as drastic as Monobrow Man. It just made me realize how commonplace unibrows are in Spain. I hadn’t really paid them much attention prior to this week, but now that I’ve realized it, it’s like the veil (or hair, rather) over my eyes has been lifted. They. Are. Everywhere. With or without them though, Spanish men are still GORGEOUS.


La Alhambra

After visiting good old Ferdy and Izzy’s tombs, we went to the Alhambra, one of the most popular sites in all of Spain. And let me say, it was more than I had imagined and indescribably beautiful. Also known as the “Red Castle,” La Alhmabra was a Moorish fortress and palace. We walked around for hours with our mouths hanging open, gazing at the intricacy and beauty of the massive building. Like I said, indescribable, so I’ll let my pictures do the talking (I completely maxed out my camera’s 4GB memory card in Granada):

Even the wooden doorsSuper Zoomed InOne of the few with color

Yaaayyyy colorful mosaics!All the walls are covered in this stuffExtending into eternity!This is a ceiling.
More color!So intricate!
One of the last remaining stained glassArabic script