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Chillin' in Sevilla!

From Madrid  I took a train all the way down to Sevilla, in the Andalucian region of Spain. The city is awesome, but I actually didn’t get to see as much of it as I wanted. Even though I spent 4 days in Sevilla, it was around 104 degrees and humid the whole time I was there. That meant that you could only really stand to go out in the morning and after about 6pm. Since I’m not really an early riser, after 6 it was, except to walk around the block to the little grocery store closest to my hostel. Also, there was a big religious holiday (I can’t remember which one) on one of the days I was there so there was a parade and lots of people out. I have a ton of pictures from Sevilla, so here are some of my favorites. Everything is so colorful and vibrant!

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The Cathedral is the center of the city is humongous! It’s actually the 3rd largest Cathedral in the world after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and one other in Brazil.

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And the Alcazar…

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My Half-Day in Madrid

Since I had spent some time in Madrid last summer, I only spent one night here as kind of a stopover on my way to Sevilla. At the hostel I stayed at, I happened to meet a whole group of people that were from U-M. A couple of them were teaching English in Madrid and the rest were just visiting.

Madrid is an awesome city and there’s a lot to do, but it really doesn’t feel “Spanish” like most of the other cities I visited in Spain. It feels more just like a big city. There was only one thing I really wanted to do in Madrid on this trip, which was to see the Sofia Reina modern art museum. I went to the Prado last time I was here, but I enjoyed the Sofia Reina a lot more, mostly because I prefer modern art to classical art in most cases. I wish I could have taken pictures inside the museum, but seeing as how I was kind of pressed for time and they were pretty strict on security, I couldn’t really do that.

When I was getting ready to leave Madrid I arrived at the train station about 10 minutes late to catch the train I intended, so I had a little time to kill in the station. That’s why I love the railpass, because you just show up and catch the next train whenever it happens to be. One thing that was pretty weird in the train station is that there’s a rain forest in there. It’s crazy, but there’s an actual rain forest INSIDE the station. Here’s a picture of it.

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Other Random Pics

The Arc de Triomphe

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Why is there a Wooly Mammoth in the middle of the park???

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Barcelona City Bike Tour 168

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The Best Fountain Show Ever!

The fountain show that happens Thursday through Sunday is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s right off the Espanya metro stop.

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La Boqueria…Mmmmm!!!

La Boqueria is a giant market right off of the main street of Las Ramblas. They have everything you can imagine from fresh produce to fresh bull. The best is the huge variety of 1 euro fresh squeezed juices! I could never get out of there without trying 6 or 7 different flavors. I came to this market almost everyday!

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Park Guell

Park Guell was designed by Gaudi to be a complete city within the walls of the park. It didn’t end up working out that way, but its really cool inside. It kind of looks like Candyland!

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And of course, the Gaudi lizard that Barcelona is famous for.

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Here’s a great view of the city from the top of Park Guell, with Montjuic out in the horizon.

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The Gothic Quarter

Walking around the Gothic Quarter at night is a little creepy because the streets are all eerily glowing green and there aren’t many people around. Although there were a lot of cool shops and the best churro shop in town!

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Casa Batllo & Casa Mila

There are several apartment buildings that were designed by Gaudi, but here are a couple of the more impressive ones. This first one is Casa Batllo.

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Next is Casa Mila. Its a lot of more impressive up top!

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Hospital de Sant Pau

Right down the street from Sagrada Familia is the Hospital de Sant Pau. I still can’t believe that it’s a hospital. It looks more like a small college campus.

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This is just from the front. There are several other buildings inside the campus.

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These were my friends I met at my hostel from UNC, Stephanie, Colin, Rachel, Bobby, and Justin behind the camera. They were doing a study abroad program in Sevilla and had come up to Barcelona for the weekend.

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La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia (the sacred family), is an enormous cathedral designed by the famous architect of Barcelona, Antonio Gaudi. Gaudi designed most of the major sites in the city, including Sagrada Familia, Hospital de Sant Pau, Park Guell, Casa Mila, and a few other spots that are all pretty amazing.

This is a view from down the street walking up to Sagrada Familia.

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Now a little bit closer.

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The 3 sides of of the cathedral are considered the birth, the death, and the resurrection of Christ. The 3rd side is still under construction. This is the first side.

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Now here is the newer 2nd side. There’s a very distinct difference. I think you’ll be able to tell.

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Now for the inside, well what you can see around all the scaffolding.

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