Inspired by... the Albaicin

It's been 2 months since I returned from my semester in Spain and I am missing it sorely. I miss the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes. I miss my host mom and my community of friends I had surrounding me. To cope with my Spain withdrawal, I have decided to do an "Inspired By" series for all of my favorite places I went last semester. First up, my beautiful home base of Granada, specifically the Albaicin neighborhood.

About Granada and the Albaicin. Granada is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia is southern Spain. It was under the rule of the Moors from 711 to 1492 and the last hold out of Sultan Muhammad XII making it the longest Arabic controlled city in Spain. Granada is still greatly influenced by the Arabic world, which can be seen in its architecture, food, music, and people. The historic neighborhood of the Albaicin is the best example of this with it's horseshoe arches, the smell of shawarma around every corner and the endless supply of Moroccan goods for sale.

View of the Albaicin from the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.
Morroccan lanterns in Granada, Spain.
Alley in the Albaicin neighborhood in Granada, Spain.
Street performers play guitar and sing in front of the Alhambra at the Mirador de San Nicolas in Granada, Spain.

Blouse, pants, shoes, backpack and accessories that embody the Albaicin neighborhood in the Granada, Spain.

Patrizia Pepe chiffon blouse / EAST tapered harem pants, $76 / JustFabulous / Light weight backpack, $220 / Blydesign turquoise bangle / Cathy Waterman tear drop diamond earrings / FOSSIL jewelry / STELLA McCARTNEY tortoise glasses
This is definitely the Moroccan inspired look. Lose and flowy complete with a leather backpack which were sold everywhere in the Albaicin.

Outfit inspried by the urban youth from the Albaicin neighborhood in Granada, Spain.

This second look is inspired by the young hippies who could always be spotted in the Albaicin selling their jewelry and art work. I don't mean the ironic, hipster hippie that are abundant in the US, these folks are the real deal. These are the hash smoking, grungy, dreadlocks, shaved heads, rat tails, barefoot, gauges, always with their dogs on homemade leashes and living in caves kind of hippies. This group was always my favorite for people watching. 

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