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Trip Start May 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 24, 2008

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

On Sunday night, after arriving back from Granada, I went out for paella, a traditional Spanish dish of saffron and rice mixed with beef, chicken, seafood and/or vegetables.  We sat at a little outside café in Barrio Santa Cruz and enjoyed our meal as we watched tourists and locals stroll by.  Paella is definitely a must in Spain, but don't go to a shop with a "Palleador" poster/sign, for those buy the food from a company instead of making it fresh.
After class on Monday, I visited the Cathedral again.  It is too impressive to not visit multiple times if you have the opportunity.  Fortunately, it was much prettier this time than the first time I visited, so my pictures came out much better.  The architecture is amazing.  It's crazy that this is the third-largest church in the world and the largest Gothic church in the world.  The views, as I mentioned before, are spectacular!  Climbing the Giralda is a must.
Afterwards, I hung out around the Ayuntamiento for a bit as I headed home.
On Tuesday, June 17, we visited an area, called El Torno, near the Cathedral that I'd never been to before.  It was tucked in an alleyway behind shops, and it features another section of the old city wall.  We also went to the Torre de Plata, a tower, much like the Torre de Oro but smaller in size and less impressive (thus Tower of Silver instead of Tower of Gold).  Afterwards, we went to the Torre de Oro, a main landmark of the city, which was built by the Mores in 1215, only shortly before the city fell to the reconquest.  It is a great example of Muslim military architecture in Spain.  There are also great, though somewhat obstructed, views from the top.
On Wednesday, I visited the Alcazar again, because, like the Cathedral, if you have the opportunity, it is definitely something to be visited and explored more than once.  Afterwards, I visited the Archivo de los Indios, a building devoted to the records of Spanish conquest in the new world.  I did a quick run through and read the big signs, but I didn't explore it too thoroughly (I found it surprisingly boring).  However, it is an archivists' dream.
That night, some of us went to La Carboneria, a traditional bar that's becoming more and more touristy.  It has flamenco shows nightly (free).  Also, they sell Agua de Sevilla, a really strong cocktail drink that's a secret recipe.  It's only sold by the pitcher, but it's delicious.  The bar also has a nice outside patio.
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