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The Streets of Barcelona

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Barcelona turned out to be such a cool city and I’m glad I included it in my Spain trip. On my first day there, I went on a free walking tour which is always a great way to get introduced to a new place. The old Gothic Quarter, El Barri Gòtic, was my favourite area for its history and medieval buildings. The rose window of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi. In the square outside the […]

Wandering in Madrid

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My first day in the Spanish capital started with a visit to the Prado Museum. Maybe it’s because I recognized a lot of the works there—thank you, Grade 11 art class—but I happily spent a couple hours looking at all the paintings and listening to the audio guide. My favourite was definitely Goya’s “The Third of May” which I’ve always found to be quite powerful. After spending that much time indoors, I headed to Retiro Park. […]

An Evening in Málaga

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My trip to Málaga was unplanned. It actually ended up being on my itinerary because it was cheaper to fly in and out of in comparison to Madrid. Plus, it would have taken me about the same amount of time via train to reach Sevilla from Málaga as it would from Madrid. When I returned to Málaga after having completed my Spain trip, I had no expectations or plans for the town. This is not to say that it […]

The Mosque of Córdoba

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Standing in the Patio de los Naranjos of the Mosque of Córdoba, I was reminded of the Cathedral of Sevilla. Apart from the historical similarities—both were once great mosques in the capital city of their Muslim rulers—they also share physical elements like a courtyard of orange trees. But once I stepped inside, it became immediately clear that this was something else. Built under the Umayyad leader Abd al-Rahman I in the 8th century, the Mosque of Córdoba is […]

Exploring Córdoba

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I started my first day in Córdoba from one of the oldest sites around: the Roman bridge. Although the bridge has been renovated and reconstructed several times over the course of history, it was initially built by the Romans in the 1st century. Passing through the Puerta del Puente, I slowly made my way over. Found myself at the Guadalquivir River again. It was definitely nicer in Sevilla though. Down the bridge, I came across a man offering to write […]