Back in Madrid!

After four days in Sevilla (four, really? In some ways it feels like we’ve always been there; it also feels like we just arrived), we have returned to Madrid so that we can catch our flight back to the States tomorrow. Before we left Sevilla, we decided to go to the General Archive of the Indies. Most of the information was in Spanish and hard for me to decipher. The information I was able to gather was very interesting. The diary of Christopher Columbus is housed here. The maps, portraits, and letters were beautifully displayed and the building housing the information was equally impressive. Digital archiving is a special interest of mine, and the archive is currently working on digitalizing their entire collection. Cool stuff!

We also took our last stroll through Sevilla this morning. It is an unforgettable city and I would recommend that anyone who travels to Spain should spend a significant amount of time in Sevilla. We were both sad to leave this city, especially the area in which we spent the majority of our time, the Barrio Santa Cruz.

While driving to Madrid, we stumbled across this impressive castillo off the side of the highway in the Extremaduran area of Spain. It turns out that it is a major monument in the city of Trujillo. Trujillo was the birthplace of the Spanish conqueror of Peru! There is a unique statue of this man, Francisco Pizarro, in the Plaza Mayor of the city. The castillo is actually an old fortress, dating from the era when Spain was conquered by Muslims. We didn’t have much time to spare, so we headed back to the highway before exploring any farther.

Luckily, we made it to Madrid in time for dinner (around 20:00) and have been enjoying cervezas and tapas ever since. Oh, and one last round of chocolate and churros. Bright and early in the morning we’re going to give El Prado another shot before saying goodbye to España (for now!).

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St. Patrick’s Night

We visited two pubs tonight in honor of St. Patrick’s day. It was a damn good time! I photo bombed a few people, and Erica was able to procure TWO Bulmers brewskis which we enjoyed thoroughly. We ended the night with tapas at the Museum of Ham (YES, THAT’S WHAT IT IS CALLED) and let me just say, that Spanish ham is mind bogglingly good. Especially with a hoppy beer. Two hoppy beers.

Civil Unrest, Street Performers and Panic Attacks

Civil Unrest

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I almost joined in with my own protest: “¡Jamón! ¡Jamón! ¡Necessito más Jamón!” Which translates loosely to “Ham! Ham! I need more ham!”

Street Performers

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There are many performers in the plaza del sol. Here’s a guy with a massive bubble maker rocking it at 1am.

Panic Attacks

Had one. Really sucked. Erica was amazing! Had to leave El Museo de Prado after only a few minutes. I need to remember that espresso here will blow your head right off.

Las fotos de hoy

Tapas a Taberna Malaspina

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We just finished our first amazing meal in Spain. The tapas: chorizo, jámon, and jámon Galicia. Every dish was flavorful and satisfying, unlike our experience earlier today. As a side note: We have done nothing today but sleep, eat, and walk around. We are both exhausted from the flights and needed to get our bearings. Tomorrow, ¡Vamos a los museos!

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We made it! After a few slight mishaps (David forgets that a manual vehicle has a clutch, getting stopped by a police officer who doesn’t speak English & keeps saying “¡Vamos! ¡Vamos!”) we have checked into our hotel (Hotel Europa) and are ready for lunch and sleep.