Don't even think about grinding, that's for pussies. Macho men don't grind levels in an area to get powerful.
PS: Seriously, you don't need even need to grind, the game is (for the most part) easy.
For sure. The difficulty is it's slow and without a healer it feels rather punishing. Were Garnet to come back (she might) it would be fine, but you know...
Level 12 right now. Dunno what Blue is at.