Departure and settling

The Spanish Appartment

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After a catastrophic first day I managed to stay in a youth hostel, found at Hostelworld. This hostel is Granada Inn Backpackers, only two minutes away from the center of the city walking and the staff is very welcoming. I didn’t have this “hotel” feeling, this gap between employees and clients. They speak almost every language there! The staff is young, smiles a lot and is ready to help you. They are really nice, answer all your question, give you a map of the city and offer you different activities.

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Thanks to this hostel I met the staff of walkingranada (I’ll tell you more about it later.) I guess I didn’t stay enough (only one night) to purely enjoy the charm of this hostel, but it was pleasing. A night in Granada Inn Backpackers will cost you approximately 15 euros breakfast included (a little bit more with extras like “only girls dorm” etc.) I let you enjoy the pictures for the rest of the article.

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After a very nice visit of a flat and the need of sleeping in my very own bed, I left the hostel and moved in what will be my home sweet home for the next five months.

L’Auberge Espagnole is also, according to the movie, a flatshare! Flatshare is an integral part of the Erasmus experience. It’s a bit like Russian Roulette, you don’t know what will happen. Am I going to get into a crazy group in a fancy flat like in New Girl? . Will my roommate be like Winston, a cat lover? Or will I share my bathroom closet with someone like Schmidt, a neat freak? I always saw myself like a Jess wannabe, a little weird girl that sings a lot and wears colourful clothes.

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I never shared a flat before. I won’t the “flat sharing” with my family, It’s not the same thing at all. Since my first year in my applied foreign language degree I became a creature of habits with my little studio, my little decoration. My little home sweet home. But at the dawn of moving in a new house I am thinking that sharing a flat will be hard: I won’t be able to wear my grandma pyjamas anymore and do hair oil bath every weekend. I will have to behave.

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Sharing a flat during Erasmus brings some a priori. First, we think about a multilingual flatshare, so, again, like in l’Auberge Espagnole. The thing is, I am not really a “social person”, I am more introvert-extrovert, but I guess going out in tapas bars should be fine for me. I only hope my Erasmus experience will be different from the movie: otherwise my name is Xavier, I am played by Romain Duris and I am currently writing this naked in my computer from the 90’s. What a dream.

But before moving in and finding your Ross and Rachel of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, you have to look for an accommodation, right?

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Wherever you are going, there must be an Erasmus centre such as ESN (Erasmus Student Network). It is the case for Granada. You will find a facebook page and a group called ESN Granada Alojamiento. You can post your advertisement or look for a flat that will please you. The average price is 300 euros per month (utilities included) for a room in the centre which is more than acceptable.

As for me, I found a nice little room near Puerta Real, only a few minutes away from my faculty. It’s perfect! We are an international flatshare: There is a French girl (it’s me!), an English boy, an Australian girl and an Austrian girl. We essentially speak English but we will try to practice our Spanish!

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I have nothing more to say about it right now, we will soon see each other for my setbacks and nice aspects about flatsharing. I hope you will be able to find your Sheldon Cooper (or not, it’s for your own good.)

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