Al-Andalús (Southern Spain)

Al-Andalús (Southern Spain)

This was our last excursion of the trip! Time has flown away. Córdoba The Great Mosque (turned Cathedral) of Córdoba: This Mosque was pretty incredible, huge area-wise. However, I was somewhat disappointed by it’s height, I guess because I’m accustomed now to the spaciousness of the Gothic Cathedrals and this wasn’t that tall. Still, it was beautiful, and the geometrical patterns of the Arabic architecture […]

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Canary Islands

Canary Islands

Canary Islands Well, I didn’t see a single canary. Still, it was a pretty amazing trip. We ate lots of “English breakfasts” (baked beans, two kinds of sausage, hammy bacon, two pieces of bread, and a fried egg) for three euros a piece for breakfast and once for lunch; we ate twice at Craft Burgers, delicious; we ate once at this Indian place that just […]

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Valle de los Caídos, el Escorial, Toledo (otra vez)

Valle de los Caídos, el Escorial, Toledo (otra vez)

Valle de los Caídos     This is the controversial church built into a mountain by war prisoners (who died during the construction and were subsequently buried in the construction in mass graves) during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who is also buried here. We stayed around for mass. They turned off all the lights while they blessed the Eucharist. The boy choir was good. […]

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Around here

Around here

We didn’t go anywhere this week, but we made the most of it. I was Squints from the Sandlot for Halloween, Cooper was a lunch lady, and Angel was Miguel from Coco. It was a fun night. I had a lot of chocolate. Later that week, we attempted to summit the Peñalara, the peak in the Guadarrama mountains just an hour outside of Madrid. That’s […]

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Extremadura, Lisbon

Extremadura, Lisbon

  Mérida Roman ruins we saw. Had a little gladiator battle. That’s about it. Évora, Portugal  This was a little town that had this dope chapel called Capela dos ossos (Capilla de los Huesos, Chapel of bones). It’s a tiny chapel inside a Franciscan church, and the walls and columns and everything are covered by human bones. Neatest thing I’ve seen on this trip. Sintra, Portugal […]

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Salamanca and Ávila

Salamanca and Ávila

Avila In Ávila there’s a big wall. There’s also nearby the convent where Santa Teresa (mystical Santa Teresa, Renaissance era) started up and had a lot of her visions and things. In Ávila they have her arm and some other things in glass relic containers. Poor her, body all raided for the worship of the individual parts. Unfortunately the place was closed and we didn’t […]

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