Monday, January 11, 2010 Granada, Spain
ADB 01 - 15 - 2010

According to our guide, in Granada, bars serve free tapas (appetizers) with drinks. I immediately informed my friends, and we made plans to buy drinks and get a free lunch. We found a cheap bar with the deal for only 1,20 euro. After looking at the menu, I ordered a beer and what I thought were cooked peppers. Since none of us speak Spanish fluently, we didn't know that the dish I ordered was actually squid. I tried a bit, and it wasn't bad, but definitely not what I was hoping for. After eating at several different restaurants in Spain, I've noticed that service is much more limited than in the states. Once the food arrived at the bar, the waiter disappeared. We had to find him or get his attention if we needed anything. Then, he only brought the check after we asked for it. In Spanish culture, it's normal to take several hours eating or socializing at restaurants. It's nice that they don't rush us or bother us, but it takes some getting used to. They are probably surprised that we want to leave so quickly. Also, water at restaurants is not free by any means, a privilege in America that I miss. In this case, a glass of water would have cost the same, if not more, than the beer. So... bottoms up! Later that night, the WT4 group decided to experience authentic flamenco dancing by the local gypsies. We took a bus to the gypsy caves where the entertainment was held. Filling into one of the long caves, with only one exit, we sat facing the center walkway. A waiter took our drink orders, mostly sangria, and delivered them moments later. In the back of my mind, I worried that the drink was spiked with drugs, and we would wake up the next morning having been robbed. But life is all about risks, right? Once again... bottoms up! Soon, the dancers and musicians (gypsies) arrived to perform. The flamenco dance was quite culturally unique and interesting. Towards the end, the dancers started pulling members of our group into the center to dance with them. It was clear that flamenco is only done well by those who have been taught and who practice the dance. To put it politely, we were amateurs, but very entertaining.

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