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The Day I Almost Jumped Off A Bridge.

If all of your friends were going to jump off a bridge, would you do it too?

Yes, maybe. If I had the necessary 30 euros with me.

Allow me to explain:

I had just gotten back to Granada after seeing Kelly off at the airport. It was cold. The power was out in my apartment…which meant I couldn’t charge my dead phone or my dead laptop. My roommates were still in their hometown. I had no food, and it was a bank holiday…so no grocery stores were open. I was a sad, sad, girl. I was hating Spain a little and feeling homesick A LOT. These moments for me are generally fleeting, as I try to be happy where I am, and I do love Spain 90% of the time. However, this day was a low point.

While I was busy feeling sorry for myself, my roommate’s friend stopped by the apartment to pick something up. We chatted a bit and our conversation went something like this (translated for your benefit):

Friend: Annie, how are you?

Me: Good. Bored.

Friend: Come with me! Right now! Hurry! Put on your shoes!

Me: But, where are we going?

Friend: To jump off a bridge!

Me: Really?

Friend: Yes. Hurry! Get ready.

So that’s how it began. I put on my boots,ย  grabbed my camera and got in the car with my friend (in a caravan with 11 other people) to drive to a bridge 15 minutes outside of Granada. It was a beautiful day. And the sun was setting behind the mountains as I took pictures of the adventurous Spaniards. I was highly pressured into jumping, and I probably would have if I had brought money with me. I was feeling spontaneous. But alas, I didn’t want to be the foreigner who needed to borrow money.

The Bridge.

The Jump.

 

It was a great way to salvage my good-for-nothing day, and the perfect reminder of why I love Spain…kind people and new experiences.

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8 responses

  1. Angela

    OMG i am so jealous! Ive always wanted to jump off one of those. love the random moments in spain, glad your sad day was better!

    January 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    • Annie Blewett

      Thanks Ang ๐Ÿ™‚ And perhaps one day you will do it!!

      January 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  2. Hi Annie,

    I can totally relate to your low point. I had one here in France right before the Christmas break. I’m doing much better now but it was pretty sucky…

    Ready for round 2?! ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    • Annie Blewett

      Glad to hear you’ve recovered from your rut. I can totally understand. Yay for year-long adventures abroad ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re having a great second semester in France!

      January 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

  3. Annie this sounds so spontaneous and fun! Good to hear that even with the low point + homesickness a kind invitation for a random adventure can come to save the day! /cheer!

    January 21, 2011 at 12:21 am

    • Annie Blewett

      Thanks Erik!!

      January 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  4. that last picture look like shawty flying!

    January 28, 2011 at 2:01 am

  5. I think borrowing money, if anything, would have made you more of a local, lol. You could have repaid in drinks, or tortilla : )

    January 29, 2011 at 12:22 am

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