Explore (verb):

Travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it.

It has been difficult adjusting to my schedule since returning from Spain. I really enjoyed my trip, and I apologize for the delay in sharing my experience.

I spent a week in Granada, Spain at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) conference. On the way there (and back) I had a long layover in Madrid, so I was able to enjoy some touring there too.

As a part of the ASLO Multicultural Program, my schedule was jam-packed with great food, field trips, and stimulating talks and meetings related to my research interest. Christian and I presented our summer research during a poster session early in the week. Because it was my first time, I was a little nervous, but in all, it was a terrific experience. I had a good time answering questions and receiving feedback from other scientists in an informal setting. I also met so many smart and talented students from around the world, and even though we were together for only a week, I believe I made some lifelong friends.

I’d love to go back and visit someday and tour other cities in Spain. Below are some photos I took during the week.

We visited a small village Frigliana, which had a wonderful view.  

 The Caves of Nerja, I recommend as a must see attraction.

Also in Nerja we visited the beach and went on a bike ride. 

And my favorite attraction, Alhambra! This beautiful fortress was home to royalty and the court of Granada in the mid-thirteenth century. It was terrific seeing the decorative details found within the different palaces. 
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my visit! 

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures!"