As I continued to explore Sevilla (in the evening as the sun started to set), I came across Plaza de Espana, one of the most impressive sites in the city.
That night, a guy at my hostel was making a huge batch of Paella for everyone. It was awesome! See what you think!
Walking down the river at sunset was really nice.
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!
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.
The Arc de Triomphe
Why is there a Wooly Mammoth in the middle of the park???
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.