Friday, June 19, 2015

Week 4 Adventures

This week started much slower. Back to only one class a day and having time to take a siesta each day was greatly appreciated. 

For my class we took a tour through the Jewish Quarter, the Barrio de Santa Cruz, before the Spanish Inquisition took place in 1492. It is filled with narrow streets and hidden alcoves that are beautiful. 
A patio inside one of the homes.

Later that afternoon, we had the chance to watch Los Seises dance in the Cathedral. It is a group of 10 boys that dance in front of the altar during Corpus Christi and other times throughout the year. Legend has it that the boys are allowed to dance in the Cathedral because of an agreement that said as long as they wear the same outfits that they did in the 1400s the tradition can continue.

Los Seises in the Corpus Christi parade held the week before. 
We toured the neighborhood of Triana that is across the river. It is famous for ceramics. Ceramics are seen all throughout Sevilla. They even cover the bottom part of the building to protect them from the humidity. 
A ceramics' store covered in ceramics. It is now closed. Sadly Triana used to be filled with ceramics shops and now there are only a handful operating.

We also visited the University of Sevilla. We went to the building that houses the history, art history, and humanities courses. It used to be the tobacco factory in Sevilla. It has many patios and is very beautiful inside.
One of the patios inside the walls of the University.

I went up the Giralda of the Cathedral. There are 34 floors to the top. The view at the top is amazing! It was originally built by the Moors, but after Spain became a Catholic country the top part of the tower was taking off and replaced to fit the theme of Christianity. 
 The courtyard and city from the top.

The bells went off while I was up there. 

That night we ate tapas at El Rinconcillo. It is a bar that opened in 1670 and is one of the oldest in the world. It was on my to do list after seeing it on Pinterest. The tapas and drinks were very good. 

We took a little adventure to Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a British territory located at the tip of Spain. It was an important base for the Royal Navy during many wars. While we were there we took a taxi tour of the Rock of Gibraltar. With the tour we saw a cave with modern lights and music that houses performances, monkeys, and a tunnel that was dug out by British soldiers for a war tactic. The weather was clear so we were able to spot Africa 14 miles aways. The day was a lot of fun and very interesting. With Gibraltar I have been to four different countries while I have been here. 
 The Rock of Gibraltar

Lighthouse on the very tip of the territory.

Only one week left. It's crazy to think I have already been here for a month. I have done and seen so many things. Time to get the final adventures in.

Hasta Luego,
-Jota Jota

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