Discotecas, Córdoba, GRANADA & PARADISE
June 18 - 21
Kapital's Seven Floors of extravagance
So for those of y'all who don't know, the nightlife in Madrid is spectacular. In Madrid, and Spain in general, people eat dinner very late. There we start dinner as late as 9:30pm, and it could last until 11:30pm. Going out to the bars and clubs is an all-night affair. Most Madrileños don't return home until 5 or 6am.
Thursday night before our trip to Córdoba & Granada, my friend, Rachael, and I went to Teatro Kapital. Kapital is probably one of the biggest club in Madrid. It's an eight floor maze of music, smoke, and people. Each floor has a different theme: the first is the dance floor, the second is the VIP section, the third is karaoke, the fourth is R&B, the fifth is a cocktail bar, the six is pop music, and the seventh is latino music. All of these floor are really fun, but the top floor, which is actually a roof terrace, is the best. It's a really great place to sit down, grab a drink, meet new people, and have a lot of fun! When you go to Kapital, you should show up after 1am, and you have to stay until 5am.
Córdoba & Granada
Friday morning we met at our school to head south to Córdoba. It's about a 4 hour bus ride away. We arrived around lunch time, and we had about two hours to look around the city and find somewhere to eat. Afterward, we toured the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. It was super exciting to learn about the history of the Moorish kingdoms in Spain and see how the building evolved over time. Words don't do its beauty justice.
Anyway, we were free after we checked in to the hotel to grab dinner and do what we pleased. After dinner, some of friends and I decided to go out that night. The nightlife in Granada isn't as rowdy as it is in Madrid, but it's very quirky. I went to two different bars with my friends Friday night, and they were both very different from one another. The first one was called Artik; it was a modern bar. I really liked it, but we were definitely the youngest people there by at least ten or fifteen years. About 30 minutes after we sat down, one of the promoters from the bar came around and gave us some great paper mustaches to take photos with. So we got this great picture of the gingers, and this is probably my favorite picture from our trip. Later, we decided to try to find another bar or club. We left and wandered around for about 10 minutes until we stumbled into another bar. This one was the complete opposite of Artik. I don't recall the name of the bar, but as a group we all refer to that bar as the "vampire bar." It was so bizarre, and there really is no other way to describe that bar. It was dingy, dank, and had a weird ambient mix of Gothic decoration, "Buddhist" statues and metal music. It was the strangest thing I had ever experienced. The bar was appealing to too many aesthetics at once, and it end up giving off a creepy and slightly threatening vibe that didn't that sit well with us. Partying in the Granada on Friday night definitely wasn't the most typical, but it was actually really fun.
––another day, another tour––
Saturday, we toured the city of Granada, the Alhambra and the Palacio de Generalife. We spent the morning wandering through the narrow streets of Granada. We toured the Granada Cathedral, the Albayzín quarter, and the rest of the city. We stopped here and there to talk about this important building or that ancient plaza, but, to be honest, I lost myself thinking about how vibrant this city must have been during the high of the Emirate's power. Thousands flocked to Granada, to capital of the longest lasting Muslim state in Europe. After the tour, we were free for lunch. This time, I went to this restaurant called Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir has the best sangria, and probably the best drinks, that I had on my entire trip in Spain. I wish I could go back to Granada just to get another sangria from Pinot Noir. If you go to Granada you have to go! Anyway, after lunch we all met up to tour the Alhambra and my favorite part of the tour, it's beautiful gardens.
Sunday was our last day in Granada. We returned to Madrid that day, and by the end of the trip I was ready to get back to my new favorite city. But before we started on our six hour bus ride back to the capital, we had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Alhambra and the city of Granada. Lunch was nothing special–you'd be surprised at how difficult it is to be vegetarian or literally have any dietary restrictions in Spain–but spending two and a half hours relaxing on the terraza with my friends was a kind of like my mini-paradise.