A Letter to Trump Supporters

To the many Trump supporters on my social media feeds who are handling this win with grace, thank you. I know many of you feel like you were attacked throughout this election season. I have seen many complaints that liberals are all hypocrites for calling Republicans intolerant then criticizing you in the wake of the election nonetheless. I am sorry you feel attacked, but please have patience and understanding. Many people feel very scared in the wake of this election. Even if you do not empathize with their fear, it is still very real for many. Donald Trump said many hateful things throughout his campaign, so many people feel their safety or their basic rights may be in jeopardy. While it may be easy for you to dismiss these fears as “over dramatic,” “unfounded,” “dumb millennials,” or “stupid political correctness,” please keep an open mind and an open heart when people voice their fears or their sadness. Even if you yourself have not felt unwelcome or unsafe in the U.S., listen to those who have because this kind of discourse is the foundation of progress and of functional democracy. We will only continue to be a divided nation if we shut out the opinions of all who disagree with us. Certainly both sides are guilty of this; we all naturally seek out opinions that confirm our own, but it is dangerous to do so. We all need to listen to each other to really understand the diversity encompassed in our great country. Our strength as a nation comes from our unity amidst our diversity, whether that be diverse religions, skin colors, genders, incomes, education levels, party affiliations, etc. In order to really make America great again, we must come together, listen to each other sincerely, and work together.

Some of my friends have shared stories of egregious harassment and racism today in the wake of the election. A friend was told to kill herself because she is a Muslim, another was told she needed to move to the back of the bus now that President Trump has arrived. We cannot, any of us, regardless of our political affiliations, standby and let instances like this go by unnoticed. If you see someone being harassed, diffuse the situation. Start talking to the victim until the harasser leaves, show your support, be kind.

It is easy to surround yourself with only like minded people. I am guilty of this, too. It can be frustrating to constantly see things you disagree with, but it is imperative we unite even stronger now moving forward, Republicans and Democrats together, because this election has made the rift in our country even more obvious.

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Granada

This weekend I travelled to Granada, an historic city in the South of Spain. It is best known for its Moorish fortress/palace, La Alhambra. Even though we planned the trip 3 weeks ahead of time, most tickets to the Alhambra were already sold out because they limit the visit to 6000 people daily. That sounds like a lot but really it’s not apparently, so if you do plan a visit here make sure to buy your tickets to La Alhambra well ahead of time.

We took a bus from Madrid to Granada to get here. Honestly it was so pleasant and so cheap. I would definitely recommend it. The buses have wifi and movies so you hardly even notice the 5 hour drive, plus the scenery is full of Olive farms, mountains, and windmills.

We stayed at a hostel here, again, would recommend. It was cheap and quiet and functional.

My favorite thing we did was seeing La Alhambra and el Generalife, the accompanying gardens. The gardens, architecture, and views were all great. My least favorite thing we did was eat dinner up in the hills near the caves. The whole area had a very “alternative” vibe which, for all its merits, isn’t really my thing. It was hectic and the food was just average.

The funniest/most random memory I have is the bus ride from the hostel to the bus station to come home. First, we got a little lost getting to the bus stop (even though we had directions… oops). Then we had to wait 12 minutes only for the bus to show up and when it finally did it was almost completely full. There was about 5 square feet for 8 of us with bags to squeeze into- that was fun. We flew through all the stops, the bus driver letting people off as needed but ignoring pleas from those waiting to open the front door and let them in, chuckling a bit each time. It was so hectic and squished I was glad it only took like 15 minutes, but we made it and got on our bus and here I am. Hopefully the people he left behind weren’t too inconvenienced??

If I were to plan the trip over again, I’d fit two cities into one weekend, adding either Córdoba or Sevilla. Granada was great, but one day-albeit jam packed- would be enough.

Now, back to Madrid and back to classes, though only a three day week!

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