Why should you take a day trip to Granada, Spain

11:49 PM
Hi, guys! Since I deleted my Instagram app from my phone, I feel like I finally FREE haha. We will talk about it later. Anyway, so as you know, we travelled to Seville, and we decided to take a day trip to Granada to see the famed Alhambra Palace. Since we were staying very close to the Bus Station in Seville, we went out the next morning and bought our tickets. The cost was about over 80 euro for 2 people. So, if you are planning to travel there, make sure to get tickets in advance, because it will save you some $$. Or you can take a train. Since, we planned only a day trip, the fastest way was a bus ride. It took about 3 hours without traffic.

Here is my itinerary:

8AM: We left Seville. At the bus station, you can find a cafe for quick bite and restroom (but bring your own paper and hand sanitizer, because it's still a public restroom).

11.00 AM: Arrived to Granada Bus Station.

11.08 AM: We took a bus ride on SN1 from Estacion Autobuses until Cathedral station. As soon you get off at the Cathedral bus station, keep walking straight, cross the street, take a left that bypasses the memorial, and keep walking up the hill until you see the bus station Plaza Isabel la Catolica. Sounds complicated, but it takes about 1-2 minutes.

11.36 AM: Take bus C3, which goes straight to Alhambra Main Entrance.







12.00 AM - 4.00 PM: Tour of the Alhambra Palace. I really enjoyed walking in the gardens, seeing Granada from the top, and being amazed by the Moorish palace complex. Despite the rainy and cold day, I don't regret going there, checking out some exhibits, and even eating some street food. My favorite things were the Court of Myrtles, Ceilings in the Palace of Lion, the mix of tiles and Arabic signs, General Life Gardens, Hall of Mocarabes, Hall of Abencerrajes, and of course, feeding wild cats.










4.20 PM-5.20 PM: We go back to the city and decide to see the Granada Cathedral. The entrance fee is 5 euro and you can receive a free audio guide.


5.20 PM -6.20 PM: we walked around old town and checked out the little market (like an old Moorish bazaar) where we got some souvenirs. Afterward, we got hungry enough to find a place to try some paella.

6.20-7.20 PM: Sadly, we picked the wrong place, "Restaurant Genil Gourmet." There was definitely nothing "gourmet" about this joint. Despite the nice photos that I took of our dinner, the food was horrible. The service was awful as well, with a distracted waiter who spent more time chatting with his coworkers than attending to diners. It took them forever to cook paella, and later, we were dismayed that the food was way over-salted. Like, it was inedible. I think they were trying to poison us. We seriously couldn't even finish it. We basically just left Granada super hungry.

7.20-8.00 PM: Rode back to Granada Bus Station via city bus.

8.00-11.00 PM: Departed Granada back to Seville.









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Why I never share my private life on Social Media

10:38 AM
Don't get me wrong, I love social media, but we need to have a limit on what we share there. I am going to explain why I never share my private life on Social Media. 

NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT MY FAMILY:

We all have Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media accounts that share our information, how we look, what we like, who are our friends and relatives. We share what we eat, wear, do, as well as how successful or unhappy we are. We like to feel connected and see what is going on in the lives of our friends, people we admire or even hate. All of this is fine. But... my private life should stay private. I noticed when I ask my followers what they would like to know, they always ask questions about my husband. Hehe, I guess because no one ever saw him on my Instagram. You might have seen his hands, heard his voice, spotted his feet for advertising some clothing lines along with me, but that is all. 
Many of us share our happy moments of life that we want to remember, or even brag to make other people feel happy or envious for us. I decided that my social media life should only be about me and my business. There are no pictures of family members, because I respect their privacy. There is no need to know more. There's plenty of me on the Internet as it is!

NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW:

I also believe, no one needs to know what are you doing at that exact moment, or where are you located in real time. This is all because SAFETY is important. You might have seen my insta stories of my travels. Out of safety reasons, I never share pictures from my precise location on the same day. My insta stories are always delayed. I know it is not very honest, because it confuses my followers, believing like I am in Paris right now, but I am actually somewhere on the Eurasian continent writing this post. Unfortunately, we live in a world where you should be more careful. 

NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW HOW I'M FEELING RIGHT NOW:

I understand some people use social media as a means to vent. However, you must be careful about putting raw emotions out on the Internet. I believe in trusting only my family and good friends with such feelings. You seriously don't know who's watching, or recording you, and you have to be careful about the things you say when in an emotional state. Don't spread something that what you will later feel bad about. This mentality is why I try to avoid putting personal feelings out for public viewing.








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What to see in Madrid and Toledo

12:03 AM
Hello traveller. I am back writing about my Spanish adventures. In my previous post, you found out about my travel to Barcelona. I mentioned that on the way to Madrid, I got sick. I wasn't sure what was wrong with me, but I felt super bad. Our original plan was to see Madrid as soon as we arrived. We decided to have a rest day. Anyway, since we had time to spare in Madrid, we could afford to recharge and still make a day-trip to Toledo.

After relaxing at the hotel, we took a train to Toledo the next morning. It was actually a bit confusing, since most of the people do not speak English in Madrid, compared to Barcelona anyway. After a quick breakfast, we finally found our train and journeyed to Toledo. Toledo is located 30 minutes away from Madrid, which is not so bad. When we arrived to train station, we were immediately impressed by the beautiful architecture of the train station. It was raining and cold (with intermittent snow flurries). The first thing we saw was the City Tour Bus - one of those hop-on/hop-off tours. The driver told us that it goes around the city and we can also get gratis tickets to Alcazar of Toledo museum (As we found out later, it was free that day. Damn, we are losers again!). Don't waste your money on the City Tour Bus, because you can walk easily to the city by foot or catch a taxi.

If you plan your trip to Toledo, here is my top 5 things to do there:

1. Mirador Del Valle (the best view point of the entire city);
2. Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes (wish the door was open to the garden);
3. Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca (the finest example of Alhomad architecture);
4. Jesuit Church (don't miss out getting up to the roof for the view);
5. Toledo Cathedral (my favorite part was seeing the extra history exhibition).

TIP: get a tourist wrist band to save some money and visit 6 tourist attractions.


Mirador Del Valle

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes


Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca


Jesuit Church


Toledo Cathedral




On our next day, we were discovering Madrid. I was glad that we went to Toledo instead of spending our days in Madrid. Most tourists usually skip the capital city. That being said, there are still a few things that you should do:

1. Buen Retiro Park. We strolled around a bit, and I was amazed at how many Spanish people are exercising in the park during fiesta time;

2. Palacio de Crystal. Besides the park, we went to check out Palacio de Crystal, where the entrance is free;

3. Royal Palace of Madrid (for EU citizens, you can enter for free from 4PM. Also, be aware that you are not allowed to take pictures inside. It is still worth visiting!);

4. Plaza Mayor. I really liked walking around the Plaza. You can find so many cute shops and cafes;

5. Almudena Cathedral. To be honest, we didn't expect to see the best view of the city from the Cathedral;

6. Market of San Miguel (In case you get super hungry after hours of walking, this market is the best place to discover local and super-fresh food!);

7. Sobrino de Botin Restaurant. It is the oldest restaurant in the world. You have to visit and try the famed roast suckling pig. They have very simple menu, which is surprisingly not too expensive! My favorite dish was the artichokes hearts.


Buen Retiro Park







Palacio de Crystal


Royal Palace of Madrid



Plaza Mayor





Almudena Cathedral 





Market of San Miguel





Sobrino de Botin Restaurant







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