Trip Start May 30, 2008
49Trip End Nov 02, 2008
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Got up andheaded to the Cathedral today - the biggest gothic cathedral in the world, and the 3rd biggest cathedral in the world, after St Pauls and the Vatican. Climbed up the Giralda tower (35 flights of steps) and got a beautiful view of the city. My frame of reference to describe this city is a bit small, but from my past experiences I think it has the friendly atmosphere of madrid, the historical buildings of Toledo but the feel and the architecture reminds me a bit of Cairo - obviously thatīs the arab influences there
Walked around to check out the Alfonso 13th hotel, and had a Manzinilla, a typical wine of the area, in a local bar. I canīt believe how tongue tied I got when they spoke to me in Spanish though. I knew what I wanted to say - how much is it - in spanish, but for some reason I chickened out and made the international symbol for the bill. He then spoke to me in English. I really have to get over my language fright and try a few phrases more often.
Back in my hostel now, going for a siesta soon. Randomly bumped into Ryan, a guy who I hung out with in the hostel in Madrid, which is cool, so weīre going on a tapas crawl tonight. Apparently thereīs a flamenco festival in Triana tomorow night, so Iīll def try to head to that. Then onto Granada the day afterwards.
Met some cool Aussie chicks from my room and we headed out to tapas together. Had some tasty food, then went to an amazing flamenco show. The intensity of the dancer, guitarist, flautist and singer was crazy. We sat there, sweating out all our alcohol, marvelling at the speed and fury with which the dancer moved
The next day we got up early and headed over to Parque de Maria luisa, and the plaza de espana, which was beautiful. I then got a tour of the bull ring, which was interesting. I dont think i could actually watch a bullfight, sothat tour gave me a taste of the culture without the blood.
After a siesta, me and the aussie chicks made up our own Tinto de Veriano (red wine and lemon fanta) with a bottle of 2 euro wine. Drank it with dinner in the hostel in the stinking heat - we were melting! I still cant believe that it gets to 47 degrees here. We walked over to Triana, a suburb on the other side of the river, to check out a festival that started that day. Drank more, ate tapas, and had a few chats to random locals who started talking to us. Feel so comfortable with the people here - everyone is friendly and genuinely so.