Becoming a regular, simple joys in a new city
While I love the spontaneous joys of new discoveries while traveling, there is also a simple joy in finding some regular aspect of routine to mark your day and settle in to a temporary home. For me during my time in Granada that often became the regular and simple act of stopping for a Café con leche at the same local cafe--and never getting it in a to go cup. Sitting, sipping, people watching, and over a few weeks feeling like a regular. This cafe had lovely servers--the same every day, a flux of students such as myself, and a series of local characters. Nothing fancy--but everything good! Café con leche, cappuccino, tostada con tomate y jamon (tosted bread with tomato spread and special Spanish ham), pizza, or an evening drink. My local cafe was on the corner of calle Alhamar and Calle Abén Humeya, there are many such cafes to discover and return to regularly (or as often as your stay will allow).
By Vanessa Petersen, AFAR Local Expert
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