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everything that is important and maybe not so important. About a week ago we arrived back in Morocco after a four day trip to Granada, Spain. We both enjoyed Spain and it was definitely a interesting experience crossing the Mediterranean and being able to see Africa from the coast of Spain. We chose Granada mostly due to the train schedule, but by the end of our trip we realized that the option of going to either Sevilla or Cordoba was possible through the bus system. Never the less Granada turned out to be a good choice for only a short trip, and had awesome scenery with the castle sitting at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. The history of the city is something of interests as the castle (Alhambra) that dominates the city was the last Muslim city in Spain after the fall of Cordoba and Sevilla to the Christians. The castle was designed to compliment the symbolic nature water has with life, thus water is flowing everywhere! The architecture is also spectacular, but I'll save that for the future. During our stay we visited a rather large cathedral, eat the Jamon, of course or at least I did, and saw a few flamenco guitar performances. The first we saw was very traditional in a kind small cave like setting with a male dancer, and for the second one we tried a little touristier (sp) one that included dinner. Ironically the hostel we were staying at was in the old Muslim section of town with a maze of streets and venders of all sorts of Islamic gifts. Consequently I think the location of the hostel detracted from the true Spain experience. On the 15th we arrived back in Tangier and the next day took a train and taxi to the university for orientation with the roughly 40 other international students. One thing that has been really hard to get used to is the concept of time. In the US the margin for time in the way of appointments is about 5min while here it is between 15 and 30 min. As a result the registration process and any student activities has definitely been an experience and seems really disorganized.