Spain Discovery #1 – Update #3

Our last update ended in Toledo after our day trip to Madrid and our afternoon outing to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Monday was our lengthiest travel day to-date with a 6-hour bus trip from Toledo to the Andalusian city of Sevilla. The trip was broken up by two stops, the first of which was in Cosnuegra where we visited the windmills made famous by Don Quixote. Though these massive windmills hardly resembled human beings, it was enjoyable to imagine the famous fictional character dueling with these monstrosities as he lost his mind. The second stop was lunch at a roadside buffet, which was actually way more appetizing than the image that is likely conjuring up.

Arriving in Sevilla in the late afternoon, the group boarded a boat on the Guadalquivir River and had their first glimpse of this beautiful city by water. Long travel days with few activities weirdly tend to leave travelers with little energy, so by the time the teens arrived to the hotel at around 7pm, it was shower, dinner, a short activity and sleep.

Tuesday morning began with a tour of the The Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, a 12,000 seat bullring with an adjacent museum. The kids learned the past and present history of this now highly-debated sport before being ushered into the ring. An awesome experience, to say the least. Next it was onto the Sevilla Cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. The guided tour taught of the church’s history, including its original origins as a mosque and its containment of the remains of one Christopher Columbus and his family. Before leaving, the group had a chance to walk the many ramps to the top of the towering minaret, which offered a fantastic view of Sevilla below. Pizor lunch proceeded, and with full stomachs and newfound energy we walked a short way to the Real Alcazar of Sevilla and its famous gardens. Our last stop of the day was at Plaza Espana. Every major city in Spain has its own Plaza Espana, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one as awe-inspiring as the Plaza Espana in Spain. The huge semi-circular structure is littered with tile work representing dozens of Spanish cities. It’s an incredible sight.

That evening after dinner, the staff organized a role play so that the teens could better understand the Spanish Inquisition of the late 15th century. They had a blast with our guide as the inquisitor and we ended or night on a high note!

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