Gypsies in Granada, Spain

by Tessa on May 31, 2013

in Spain, Trips & Travels

Granada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, SpainGranada, Spain is known for being a city of gypsies. At major landmarks like the cathedrals and along the streets, gypsy women stand with small herb bouquets in their hands and offer them to every person that walks by, and they are very determined. If you walk by them, they’ll leave their hand in front of you, up until the second you walk past them, or they’ll even follow you! Oh, my poor sister: when we first started walking around, a gypsy came to her to offer a leaf “gratis” or “for free,” so my sister took it and said thank you, hoping to continue on her way, when the women grabbed my sister’s hand to read her palm! Millay was so confused, she pulled her hand away and tried walking past her to catch up with us, but the woman started swatting her and yelling at her! The woman took the leaf out of my sister’s hand and walked in the other direction, muttering. Apparently, the leaf is free if and only if you then pay for them to read your palm!
There’s also a famous gypsy district in the city, El Albaicin, that was super fun to wander and such a groovy part of town. Very old. Labyrinthine. Groovy gypsy music. Street venders selling jewelry. Funky cafes. Super artsy. Guys rockin’ their guitars and playing gorgeous flamenco music. Street artists. Are you feelin’ me? Ya gettin’ the picture?
So hot tip: don’t accept leaves from people. Free isn’t always free. And if you really want a leaf, there’s a thing called a tree (of which there’s no shortage).

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kellie June 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

oh, my goodness!!!! you have the cutest sense of style!

Yelle June 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Your photos are so beautiful! It’s only been recently that I’ve wanted to visit Spain – I had a layover in Madrid once but now I’m dying to visit Barcelona! I’m so looking forward to following your blog and your travels.

Katie Cook June 1, 2013 at 6:58 am

Wow…these photos are STUNNING! I’m so glad you found my blog because I LOVE reading about and seeing pictures of the adventures other people are having too! Just beautiful…love Katie

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