Fleur in Granada

UCM student Fleur Damen is spending her Erasmus exchange in Granada. She'll write regularly columns about her adventures in this Spanish university city.

Exam week: high hopes, despite Schopenhauer

Exam week: high hopes, despite Schopenhauer

‘Life is a constant process of dying’. My classes on Schopenhauer at my exchange university in Spain might not sound like a recipe for a happy morning, but last year I was thoroughly enjoying them. Schopenhauer’s work tells us that ...

Integration

Integration

Exactly one year ago, I was terrified by what I thought were KKK-soldiers invading my town with burning torches as their only weaponry. Semana Santa (holy week before Eastern) in Granada was not only an exercise in ‘how to effectively find your...

Told you so

Told you so

‘Told you so’ is among my most-hated English phrases, since it indicates two things: the other was right (and thus I wasn’t), and, probably even worse: I could’ve known, had I only listened. Before I went to Spain, I refuse...

Unresolved mysteries

Unresolved mysteries

On my way back to Granada - for the last time - after Christmas holidays at home, I am flying with Vueling, a Spanish airline, which means I’ll be surrounded by Spanish! Right after boarding, however, my excitement quickly dissolves, as I am su...

Spanish Europe

Spanish Europe

“You guys in Europe are different. You have a different way of seeing the world. I like Europe - everything is very well organized and there are a lot of opportunities.” My Blablacar-driver, just back from visiting his girlfriend in South...

An hour or forty years

An hour or forty years

A Monday in late October, I was taking the tiny bus from my house in the village-like neighborhood of Albaicin to the city centre. As usual on tourist-low hours (early Mondays), I shared it only with locals. Hence, I was, by a wide margin, the younge...

Don’t call them Spanish

Don’t call them Spanish

We know history has many purposes. It might offer us consolation, great movie plots, a sense of identity, lessons for the future, and, in many cases, tourism and jobs. Spain is one of those countries that counts with such a large amount of historica...

From South to North: Granada - Madrid

From South to North: Granada - Madrid

“We are uncultured people”, concludes Manu, with a face that is darker than last week’s Andalusian rain storm. While I’m working my way around eating my green beans with garlic - being a vegetarian here is a challenge sometime...

 Big Green Taxi

Big Green Taxi

On my last day in Granada before returning to spend the summer in Holland, my taxi driver (28 years, flip flops, a college degree) seems to be hesitating. I look at him questioningly, and, after apparently deciding that not much can be lost because w...

Small things

Small things

It´s one of those ever-returning clichés that are (hopefully) about to reach their expiration date: it’s the small things in life that count/make you happy/matter the most/fill out any other positive phrase. The other day, having only jus...

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