Time to catch you all up on some of our Spanish adventures! No worries, my next post will be about summer cross country training. 🙂
Last weekend, we went to Sevilla for two days! It was only an hour and half ride from Cádiz, so we left on Saturday morning and returned on Sunday evening.
We arrived at our hotel and almost immediately left for a two-hour walking tour of the city that ended at the Plaza de España. The Plaza de España was beautiful, built in the shape of a “u” with a canal/moat, elegant bridges, and a fountain in the center of the square.
After the walking tour, we had a bit of free time, so we ate lunch in the park next to the Plaza. It was peaceful and beautiful, with gardens and fish and intermittent bouts of sunlight.
We then walked some more and went on a tour of la Catedral de Sevilla, where we observed the incredible interior and climbed la Giralda, which was 33 flights of ramps.
After the Catedral, we got to see a flamenco show! (Photography prohibited). Then we went to dinner, where we enjoyed several courses of tapas, fish, tinto, and a three-layer chocolate mousse cake that I would like to eat for the rest of my life. That night, we went out for awhile, and I ended up walking 13 miles total that day. RIP to the foot.
On our second day in Sevilla, we toured the Real Alcázar de Sevilla. I loved it. It was so peaceful and full of greenery and history. I could have stayed there forever.
We also toured the barrio de los judíos and some other places before climbing the Metropol Parasól, a weird wooden structure with great views of the city.
After that, we ate lunch and wandered around before driving back to Cádiz. Sevilla was super fun, but group sleep deprivation and a stolen phone made for a really rough second day for some people. Yikes!
This past weekend, we went to Granada. The drive was a little longer than the one to Sevilla; it took about four hours, and I stubbornly tried to read a book on my Kindle the entire time even though I am prone to motion-sickness. That went well 😉 After a minor bus breakdown, we arrived in Granada early in the afternoon and spent the evening looking at the shops, the Capilla Real, the Catedral, and of course Los italianos (ice cream).
I loved the ceiling in the Capilla Real, and it blew my mind how long it must have taken to construct the Catedral, starting in the 16th century!
I was feeling pretty sick that night, so I stayed in but didn’t sleep very much regardless. Dang. On the second day, we spent four hours exploring La Alhambra- the Islamic palace/fortress renovated in the 13th century. My favorite part was the Generalife, which is the section of the palace where the kings would go on vacation. It was tranquil and perfect, filled with lush plants, beautiful flowers, and trickling fountains.
We then toured the actual castle portion, which was huge and luxurious and unbelievable.
We climbed some towers, and the views were unbelievable.
After many hours spent wandering the Alhambra, we crammed 27 people into a 15-person bus again and I spent the 10-minute ride down the mountain trying not to puke. We ate lunch at a random restaurant, and I enjoyed another tinto de verano con limón, which has easily become my favorite alcoholic drink 🙂
We rode the bus four hours back to Cádiz and arrived around dinner time. I felt sick again, and my roommate has been sick all week, so we met our new housemates and I turned in early for the night. I loved Granada, but I think it would be better to spend more time there, given the extent of the travel!
Next weekend, a few friends and I are going to go to Málaga to celebrate my friend’s 21st birthday. We’re taking the train there and will spend the days hiking, sleeping, eating, and sunbathing (and probably running/biking if you’re me). I’m super excited!