¡Hola Granada!

Granada: one of the only major cities in Spain that still serves free tapas with drinks. Among other things.

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Granada, oh Granada. Finally, we can talk about Granada: one of the only major cities in Spain that still serves free tapas with drinks (Alex got drunk for several meals on my behalf until we figured out that the rule also applied for mosto). A young traveller’s paradise, it would seem.. not that free food is a definitive factor in rating a city. But it helps.

It also helped that our apartment hosts, Christian and Sabrina, were some of the loveliest people we’ve ever come across while traveling – Christian sat down with us over an hour and a bottle of red when we arrived and walked us through every one of his favourite local spots, all the touristy things to do (or not bother with), how to bypass queues, what foods to try… Albayzín (where the apartment is located) is the best, he proclaimed proudly – hands out over the city from the rooftop terrace. He paused and looked at my DSLR, “also, there are no pickpockets”. Over the next couple of days, we ticked off every item on his list and definitely felt like we’d had the best possible experience of the town.

One of more memorable afternoons was spent sweating our way around the caves and hills of Sacromonte, colloquially known as the gypsy quarter, rich in flamenco, wine, white washed murals and thousands of years of history. Having grown up obsessed with Andalusian gypsy music through my piano, violin and dance studies, as well as it being the primary inspiration for my final year Music Extension major composition, this was likely as high as my heartrate had been since Alex and I lost each other while Metros in Paris. Even during siesta, it was so evident where original gypsy music came about, and how the Romantic greats passing through were inspired to communicate the community fire and passion for performance – clearly a key factor in why Granada was decided to be my first ever taste of Spain over Barcelona or Madrid, say. Coupled with the fact that Granadians have a knack for arranging things vertically on white walls, I was sold.

That night, we watched a wildly impassioned flamenco performance in a cave on the hill, and wandered home in a tapas coma.

And didn’t get pickpocketed.

Mr Grandison and Mrs Shields: if you’re reading this, Debussy nailed Estampes.

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Margaret Zhang is a Chinese-Australian photographer, director, stylist and writer based in New York. Since her digital beginnings in the fashion industry in 2009, Margaret has worked with global brands including Chanel, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Clinique, Lexus, Dior, Gucci, Matches and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney.
Though regularly featured in print and digital media as a model and personality alike, Margaret’s pho tography, styling, and creative direction has been employed by the likes of Vogue, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, Buro24/7, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40 lists, and her work has been recognised as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index, and ELLE Magazine’s Best Digital Influencer of The Year Award.

 

 

 

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