So we’ve been in Granada a little over two weeks now and have settled well into our house. I really can’t believe our luck in renting this little gem. Again, so many thanks to Jed for getting us in contact with his landlord! The house has turned out to be the perfect size and in the perfect location for our family.
A little more detail: the house is a traditional casa in the Albaicin neighborhood. White-washed walls, tiled roof, heavily barred and shuttered windows. It shares walls with a couple of other homes and is three stories tall. The ground floor contains the kitchen, a half-bath, and a small dining/living room combination. Up one flight of stairs are the bedrooms. There is a master bedroom with a bathroom connected, and two other bedrooms and shared full bath on this floor. Up one more flight of (very steep!) stairs is the best part of the house. It is a “bonus” room with a terrace and a view of the Alhambra palace. It’s a large enough room that all five of us can be in it comfortably, which is a good thing, since it is the only room in the house with air-conditioning. Actually, the entire house, with its thick walls, stays pretty cool during even the hottest part of the day, as long was we remember to open all the windows up at night, and close them tightly by mid-morning.
Robbie and Matthew are surviving sharing a room so far. And while it’s not pleasant for anyone else to be in there if they haven’t opened their window in a while, neither of them seem to mind. Gabi has her own, much smaller room, but it does include a trundle bed so we have at least one extra bed for visitors! Since she doesn’t have ALL her stuffed animals here, it’s not surprising that her room is staying quite neat. Jason is little tall for the double bed in our room, but whatever sleep he’s been missing at night, he is making up for during his siesta time. I’ve definitely had to consolidate my bathroom supplies, but it seems to be working for now.
One thing about the house that is quite different from what we are used to back in the States is that there is no clothes dryer. Or rather, our clothes dryer is the hot Andalusian sun. However, at least in the summer, I would say our clothes dry even quicker than in our dryer back home. I’ll be curious to see how this works out in the winter. (Do we dry our laundry inside?) Right now we hang our clothes out on the little terrace off the third floor. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee in the early morning, or a glass of wine late in the evening, when it’s cool. Jason and I are looking forward to being out on the terrace more as the weather changes.
All in all, we are learning to live more simply, which was one of our goals for this move. For video Robbie took of the house, follow this link.