By the end of our tour through the Alhambra, I subconsciously developed a new graceful glide to my walk, and a bizarre soulful softness to my tone like some type of a Cleopatra, Princess Jasmine wannabe. The fortress and palace where the VIP’s of the Moorish monarchy once walked is anything but basic. The complexity of the architectural detail is ridiculous…in a good way, and will have you feeling like you put the “dumb” in dumbfounded. All my years of schooling and I still wouldn’t have even an ounce of the patience or skill that it took to create something so outstanding. These people were creative geniuses who took design to a level out of this world!
Speaking of geniuses, the gypsies who hounded us at the entrance of Alhambra definitely knew how to hustle me into paying them so if plan to visit, BEWARE! When an elderly woman approached me with compliments I, like most people who don’t encounter gypsies on a normal basis, thought that someone was actually trying to be nice to me! She started by telling me how awfully young and vibrant I look and gave me “the blessing” that I will look young even when I’m older. Considering that I’m about to be 27 and look like I’m 14 I probably could’ve come to this conclusion myself. The conversation quickly escalated into her full-on telling me my fortune. She told me that I would someday prosper financially and that I would bear a baby boy. My anxiety went from zero to 100 because my entire life my superstitious mom had warned me to stay away from this form of “voodoo/witchcraft” or I’d be cursed with bad luck. The moment I realized what was happening I looked over at my husband who had been stopped by another woman. In a panic, I wasn’t sure whether to cover my ears or show these women the utmost respect in effort to not piss them off. We ended up paying them 10 euro to let us walk away in peace. With all that being said, “I wouldn’t say I’m superstitious, but maybe just a little stitious.” LOL!