Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A weekend in Sevilla!

Ok, so I guess I'm really am all talk.  I keep saying that I am going to start blogging more, but surprise surprise, I am once again falling behind.  Lucky for you guys it's been so long since I've blogged that I now have 2 different trips to share!

During the first weekend in April, Kirsten and I ventured to Sevilla, Spain.  There we met our friend from back home, Kelsie.  It was such a great weekend!  And for the first time, I felt like I was actually in Spain.  Sevilla was so rich in culture that it was impossible not to appreciate every moment.

We did soooo much walking that weekend.  Kirsten, Kelsie, and I all left Sevilla with our feet covered in blisters!  Kirsten even had to buy a new pair of shoes during the trip.  Even though we all did not appreciate the walking, we definitely appreciated the experience!  We were only there for one full dayy (Saturday), but we got to do everything that was on our list!!

Friday night when we arrived we walked around and got dinner.  We ended up walking past the cathedral, Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, which was an amazing sight!  We decided right then and there that we HAD to go back during the day.  The next day when we went, we waited in line for about 15 minutes, but it was well worth the wait.  The inside of the church was gorgeous.  The tomb of Christopher Columbus was also inside.  My birthday is October 12th, the day Columbus discovered America, so I was overly excited to see it.  However, once I saw it Kirsten and Kelsie decided to crush my dreams.  I always thought that he was such a hero, an icon in American history.  Well the girls decided to inform me that he was actually one of the most malicious men in our history and that he was a very cruel person, especially to the Native Americans.  I felt like someone had just told me Santa Clause wasn't real.  It was a low-point in the day, but the lookout from the bell tower, the Giralda, quickly took me out of my saddened state of mind.  We could see all of Sevilla from the bell tower!  It was so neat.

Throughout the day we also visited the Torre de Oro, Alcázar, and the Plaza de España.  The Torre de Oro was built by the Moors to close access to the harbor.  Alcázar was palace in Sevilla, with an amazing garden!!  And the Plaza de España was one of the major squares in the the city, which is the icon for the city.  We ended our night with an authentic Flamenco show.  It was fascinating!  I still am in disbelief that they can move their feet that fast!

Overall, it was an amazing weekend for just a short weekend trip.  It was great seeing Kelsie again.  Both Kirsten and I really are thankful that we got to spend so much time with her, even if it was just for a day basically.  Our Sevilla trip was a great stepping stone for my trip to Barcelona!

 The Cathedral at night
 Tomb of Christopher Columbus
 Kirsten, Kelsie, and I representing Nebraska Wesleyan University
 One of the gardens of Alcazar

The Flamenco show

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