「我渡過了人生最快樂的時間」

我未想過﹐可以這樣快樂。有日禁不住走去路邊電話亭﹐撥電話給一位遠方的朋友﹐知道嗎﹐我在這裡很開心﹐這可是我人生最快樂的一段時間。我對著話筒的聲音﹐飄飄揚揚﹐在電話亭細小的空間跳舞。

那時的我在西班牙Granada

前此﹐我對快樂只有很少的認識﹐不僅認識很少﹐還常和它作對﹐可能潛意識覺得它太奢侈(或太世俗﹖)﹐結果﹐我走去親近它的死對頭﹐悲情。我常去找悲情﹐不知不覺地。

所以﹐當在西班牙Granada的生活令我飄揚的聲音在電話亭跳舞時﹐我感到很震撼。快樂的感覺原來可以這樣持久﹐可以這樣密集﹐可以這樣單純。

今日在留言冊看到Joy給我的說話,我去了西班牙,回來了﹐她說﹔在Granada過了兩個月的學生生活,又遊歷了三星期﹔「我渡過了人生最快樂的時間」﹐「我詞窮﹐太多美好的事情了」。她感謝我的幫助。

Joy﹐知道嗎﹐當你給我留言﹐告訴我以上的說話時﹐對我亦是一種幫助﹐莫大的幫助。

我是多麼高興你渡過了人生最快樂的時光。真的高興。

21 thoughts on “「我渡過了人生最快樂的時間」”

  1. Hi I thank you very much for taking time to write your and your friend’s experience. It will be very helpful for those wanting to study spanish in spain. I am sorry for what happened to you and your friend. I absolutely agree that there are many schools in granada and you should choose one that suits you. That is why I always tell people not to enrol in a school before you leave your home country for more than 2 weeks. Give it a try for two weeks or even a week, and if you don’t like it,choose some other schools because there are just so many of them.

    I was in Castila quite some years ago. I know that two of the best teachers whom we all loved left the school later. Time has passed and the teachers are very different now, I believe. What was good then does not mean that it would be that way forever. Or good things cannot last?

    About putting people not in the same level, i believe it is because it is winter time. Peak time for language schools across spain is summer. Many students will come during summer and that means there is very high chance that the schools can form classes of various levels and you will be put into the right level class. I believe this happens not only in Castila,but other schools in Spain. During summer there are also more interesting things going on in the city. That is one reason I recommend that it is better to study during summer. What is more, winter in granada can be very cold just as summer very hot.

    About the coordinator going into the flat to check the gas, i think you / your friend should make a serious complaint to the management and demand apology. it is indeed outrageous. When i was in castila, the management was reasonable. I don’t know who is the management now. But no matter what, you/ your friend should complain.

    about accommodation, i agree that your observation is right. but renting an apartment works only if you stay in a city long. If you stay just for a short period of time, you don’t want the trouble of renting a place yourself. also, the fun of living under one roof with other classmates will be lost. i had a great time living in the school accommodation then, and it was summer time. i could go to other school accommodation for swimming, and we cooked together, had pool party, etc.

    Thanks again for your helpful comment and reminder. I feel sorry that after reading my blog you and your friend went to castila and had some bad experience. Things are in flux. Nothing stays the same…

  2. Dear Anna,

    After reading your blogs, I went to Granada and Castila for quite a few weeks. It is so true that Granada is in fact a beautiful, beautiful city. Everyone I met there falls in love with it.

    Yet, I do want to share my experience in Castila with all the readers who want to study Spanish (if you don’t mind). Castila isn’t necessarily the right school for you to learn Spanish. It largely depends on what you look for during your stay in Granada.

    If your purpose of going to Granada is just to have a relaxing holiday, and meeting people, it is absolutely a great place for you since they have a nice garden.

    However, if you go there hoping to learn Spanish seriously, go somewhere else and look for other schools. There are plenty in Granada you can choose from. As far as I have observed and most of the comments I heard from my classmates about the school are not positive. At the end of your stay, you are asked to fill in the form stating whether you will recommend it to your friends. And many of my classmates answered a “No”, which are due to a few reasons.

    In the first place, the school isn’t organized and so as the curriculum. One of the advantages of language school is flexibility (because there aren’t many students and the classes are unstructured). Unfortunately also due to the “flexibility”, you will be moved from one class to another. Sometimes you are assigned with the students at your level, other times with the people at a lower or higher level than yours. It could happen that you learn the same things for three weeks because there are always new students coming in and their Spanish level is below yours. Or when there aren’t many students, you will be in a class of mixture, ranging from A1 to C1 (the very beginners level to the advanced level).
    Talking about unstructured class, I also mean that the teachers (not all the time, but quite some times) come to the class WITHOUT preparation! If an unprepared lesson is what you are paying for, go for it! But I tell you the truth, you can actually do it with language exchange. There are a lot out there for FREE!

    In the second place, the housing conditions are unpleasant. If you ask for the accommodation from the school, you pay up to 300-400 euros a month. However, no internet is included. The internet provided is borrowed from your neighborhood and so, the connection could be quite poor as reception is diminished every wall the signal passes. In fact, Granada is really a beautiful, but cheap city to stay/ live. For 200 euros, you can rent a place with everything (smooth wifi, hot shower, PRIVACY and heater) included for a month. For 400-500 euros, you can even rent an apartment your own without sharing with others and again, with everything (smooth wifi, hot shower, PRIVACY and heater) included.

    In the third place, the heater at your place doesn’t function very well. It could be disastrous if you go there in winter. There are two types of heater provided in the accomodation. One is the portable one, which obviously isn’t warm enough. Another one is operated by gas. However, my friend had a very unpleasant experience about staying in a flat with the gas-operated heater. Although it is written on the web that everything is included, it is not true as described. It is because when my friends went to the classes at school, the coordinator of the school went to their place and check if they turned off the heater and made sure it was only at 20 degree celcius!!! That is absolutely outrageous. By what principle that he is allowed to enter the apartment without any permission when my friends already paid for the few months they stayed in the flat?! I have never heard of the owners can come in freely and go out of the apartment that is already rented and even CRITICIZE the way you live!!!

    Anna, I’m sorry for writing so long here. I love Granada too, but I also hope that the people who genuinely want to learn Spanish can go to the right school which worth the money.

  3. si si!
    感恩读到你的部落!来到这个美丽的城市!
    mucho mucho gracias :)) <3

  4. 谢谢Anna!

    果然有起有落,飞弹得太高,现在却深深地跌倒了
    看来granada的魔力都无法拯救我的忧郁
    哈哈..

    但是,还是感恩,感恩有机会来这一趟 :)

  5. xuxu
    很高興知道你去了Granada,正度過人生快樂的時光,真的,這個城市就是有這個魔力。希望你有更多的得著,最重要是,從中找到自己,無懼人生的起和落。這樣就不會開心得來沒安全感了。
    祝福你,你真幸福,可以在Granada. 好好享受當下時光吧!

  6. dear Anna,
    这两星期, 「我渡過了人生最快樂的時間」!
    真的很开心,有时甚至开心得想哭 :’)
    我不想离开了!!!
    granada, spain, 请收留我!!!!

    *p/s: 谢谢anna的介绍!!! mucho gracias!!!!

  7. Hello Carol, I am very pleased to read your comment and the update about Castila. It is very encouraging for me. Thanks for letting me know.
    Please write back when you have time to give some descriptions about your life in Castila so that people like Xuxu who is planning to go to Spain can benefit.
    Many thanks.

  8. Hola Anna,
    I was studying in Castila for 5 months last summer..I made my decision after reading your blog!!
    You know what? I was living in your flat in grifo de san jose!!
    Everyone was doing great! and Rafa still remember you!!
    totally agree your title “我渡過了人生最快樂的時間 in Granada”
    Thankyou for leading me for this wonderful memory!!!
    Granada, hasta pronto!
    Carol

  9. hi Anna!
    谢谢你的提议哦!
    但是由于我的时间有限(只有12星期在西班牙)..想了又想,算了又算,终于决定了在Castila上1星期的课(20class/week), 然后再转校去另一间便宜的学校上3-4星期..
    金钱,时间赶不上心中太多欲望..只好暂时这样打算 >.<
    希望不会后悔啊..

    哈哈,不想再重复道谢,但,真的,心怀感恩! :))

  10. xuxu, don’t mention it.
    其實在Castilla上堂,你可以選擇一日上一個小時的私人授課,然後參加學校安排的活動。這樣學費可以稍便宜些,對於初學者,也是好事。我在Castilla時,遇到兩個同學,都是這樣,他們一留就留幾個月。住在學校提供的地方。很好的。
    all the best
    anna

  11. 真的十分十分谢谢你Anna! 你的reply和你所有的文章!给了我很大的鼓励和激励!
    好的我就去买机票+报名了!

    只是现在我大约预算,Castilla上课2星期需要欧币900!>.< 我得在计划计划因为我一定要去巴塞罗那玩玩!

    无论如何,真的很感激你!

    祝健康快乐! :)
    xuxu xx

  12. xuxu
    我會覺得人追求快樂是不實際的,因爲快樂真的是很短暫的感覺。不僅是你,我也覺得自己即使開心,也很短暫。我去granada的時候,不是要求自己快樂起來,我是希望尋求新的生活體驗,從中我找到快樂。不要太刻意去找快樂,我想更重要的是找新的體驗,快樂會隨之而來。
    一個月1千歐元大概已夠,可包上堂和生活費。
    放開心情,不要計劃太多,先去上語言課,好嗎?
    祝福你!
    Anna

  13. hi, Anna你好
    读了你这篇文章好多次,只因你这句「我渡過了人生最快樂的時間」 :)
    我是一个不快乐的人..即使开心,也很短暂..看了你这篇,我辞职了,决定去granada!
    只是想问问anna, 我准备欧币大约4千,有没有可能在西班牙逗留2个月?
    我想在西班牙生活2个月,除了上语言课,我是否还有别的选择让我逗留这么久?..

    希望anna可以给些意见?我好迷茫啊…

    十分谢谢了!

    xuxu x

  14. hello jusa, 八月的Granada的確很熱,下午熱的時候就siesta,其實也沒有大不了的事,反正這裡夜很長,通常活動到通宵達旦,睡一睡也好。

  15. Hola,

    在網路上搜尋Granada的夏天,就來到你的blog
    看到你去過台北,更覺親切:)
    現在人回香港了嗎?

    另外
    可以請教你一個問題嗎?
    妳知道夏天的Granada是不是真的很熱?(八月)
    我人在馬德里學西班牙語,八月想到西班牙南部一個月,只是剛想到了天氣的問題
    如果你看見了我的留言,有時間的話,幫我回覆喔~
    謝謝你,有空也歡迎到我的Blog逛逛,可以一起交流喔~

    Muchas gracias!
    saludos,

    Jusa

  16. pls check out castila language school in granada and isla language school in salamanca. both have websites. you can use the search function of my blog to find out more.

    good luck.

  17. Hola, acha, im kinda like you just looking for a different life experience but not aming at learing spanish well. Could you tell me which school you went and if there is a school website i can refer to. mucho gracias :)

  18. acha,當然記得你。很多謝你在此留言,讓我知道你在granada過得這樣好。其實我在GRANADA的時候,亦是沒做什麽特別事,但就是過得很開心。我想能欣賞GRANADA的人,大概都是同一類人。

  19. HOLA!還記得我嗎, 我現在在 granada哦!!! 我後來選 了一個我找到的最便宜的學校, 因為我主要的目的是來這裡生活, 不一定要努力學習最好的西語, 不過學校的老師人也都很好,班上同學也都很有趣雖然說對我來講都是未滿二十的小朋友 哈, 我也不知該怎麼說但granada真的很迷人, 在這裡也遇到過一些非granadino的西班牙人, 他們待過這裡一陣子就都愛上這裡, 所以有機會都會回來,每個人都跟我說 雖然他們現在不住在granada了, 但granada一直都在他們的心中, 我覺得這個城市是有魔力的, 雖然不一定對所有的人起作用, 但是如果發生了真還是一發不可收拾, 我真的很慶幸當初決定來這裡, 其實想想我在這裡也沒做什麼很特別的事, 只是真的是很不知該怎麼說呢 viva granada

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