Small Town Charm

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2009

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Travellers Inn Hostal

Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Andalusia,
Monday, June 29, 2009

The overnight train that I was looking forward too wasn't too much fun.  I forgot that the sleeper beds were all sold out and I could only get the couchettes.  Which were oversized airplane seats that kind of fold down but not really.  I have a hard time sleeping in them for long periods of time because I roll around and move too much when I sleep.  And I like to sleep on my stomach or side and not on my back.  So I played the wake up game way too much last night.  It involves waking up every hour or so making sure you didn't miss your stop, and your bags haven't been stolen.  I figured a way to lock my backpack up but my big one was free game.  | managed to draw a picture and put in front of my big bag in case anyone had any bright ideas.  The first picture was stick men of me sleeping and of a bad man trying to take my bag on top of me.  Then = , then the next picture of me cutting the head off of the man with a big knife and his unhappy face on the ground next to a pile of blood.  Since I have no artistic abilities, it looks like a kid drew it.  I also put the caption, "If you take my bag, I fucking kill you" on the bottom for any English speakers.  Maybe I went too far, but I had a lot of free time on the train since they made stops until 1:30 am and kept the turning the air off and the lights on until 2:00 am.  So I wasn't in too good of a mood. 

So far Seville is a pretty cool place.  It definitely has that small charm feel to it.  I went to the Cathedral and it was pretty f'ing cool to be inside.  It is the largest Gothic church in the world. And something like the 3rd largest church in Europe.  It seemed massive inside and it was really neat just walking around in it.  I'm not in anyway religious but it was really neat to see all the artwork, huge organs, and monstrous gates.  The gates themselves were built in 15 something.  It's crazy to think that our country wasn't even established that long ago and this church that was built like 1000 years ago still stands.  Supposedly Christopher Columbus is buried here as well but many places also claim the rights to his tomb.  They had a huge tower also that you had to climb by ramp 34 levels but it had the best view of the city around.  There is something about having that eagle eye view of the city that is so awesome!  Backgound info:  It was actually built by the Moors(Muslims) and later taken over by Christians.  The top of the tower was changed with Christian works

Next I went to a royal palace named Alacazar...I think.  It was originally an Islamic Royal Palace that was again conquered by Christians in the year something.  It has a pretty cool mosaic touch to the decor and has some really awesome gardens in the back.  There is something about Europe and gardens.  They really know how to keep them neat and looking good.  They even have some fountains that are so incredibly old that it is really amazing that they even work properly. 

I went on a free walking tour of the city and learned so much stuff and then forget a lot of it.  It was neat but I met a few people that were really cool.  I met another Aussie that was really cool to be with.  Last night 2 Aussies, 1 NYC guy, and myself went to one of the best tapas restaurant in the city after the tour.  I must say, the food was freakin' awesome!!  The prices were really cheap and the food was just so good and we really had a good time together. 

Afterwards, I went to my first "pub crawl."  It's the late night tour that you can go on and see the nightlife of the city that you are in.  They have been in every major city that I've been so far but I haven't been one until now.  It was kind of a smaller crowd when I went on it because this is a smaller city but I still had a great time.  There were a couple of Canucks, Aussies, Yanks, and S. Koreans.  The nightlife was kind of slow because it was Monday night but we managed to still make the best of it.  The Asian folk that night were kind of shy and slow-going so I took it upon myself to make sure they were having fun.  They were also my roommates and I kind of know the Asian way since living in Japan.  So what was my answer to make sure they were having fun?.....TEQUILA!  After 2 shots of the nasty stuff, they seemed to loosen up a bit and speak a bit more English.  I even got one of them to dance with a Canadian girl and it was funny as hell.  All in all, a good night by all.

Today I just wondered around the city aimlessly.  I woke up late since I stayed up late so I grabbed some food and found a park bench.  I started walking in some random direction and then I started to use my map to find out where I was but had the hardest time.  The dam city map was the worst in the world.  Besides the fact that the city streets were the craziest and smallest I have ever seen, the map was missing a lot of streets and the names of them.  So I wondered around the city for about 3 hours in 40 degrees Celcius weather which is 104 F.  Then I met up with the Aussie that I met on the trip and we had some food and beers.  All in all, a pretty cool city that shouldn't be missed when traveling. 
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cwald on

Love your drawing, made me laugh so hard ;-) Beautiful architecture. Adam said he always wanted to visit Alcazar. It's where this really famous Spanish Classical Guitar player, Andres Segovia learned how to play guitar. I've heard his music, absolutely beautiful, now I see why, look at his inspiring surroundings!

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