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thursday, june 25, 2015 the cathedral
This morning I thought I'd try my hand at making coffee the way the Spanish do at home. I had seen Paul use this coffee kettle called a Moka pot to make coffee, and Carlos showed me where the Moka pot is in this apartment, so it only made sense that I'd have to try it at some point while in Sevilla. Since Carlos is not a coffee drinker, he had no idea how to use it, therefore I had to do some research on YouTube to see how it's actually done. Here's how it's done:

  1. Fill the bottom portion with water.
  2. Pack the coffee into the filter.
  3. Place the filter into the bottom portion that contains the water.
  4. Screw the upper half on tight.
  5. Set Moka pot on heat source.
  6. Watch the coffee filter up through the metal straw.
The end result was a small amount of coffee that was very, very strong. I couldn't drink it because I had put in way too many coffee grounds. Had I had some milk, I would have heated that up and added it to the coffee, and I think that would have balanced it out. There's a local grocery store that I went to this afternoon, so now I have some milk. Hopefully I have better success with the coffee tomorrow morning!

I made up for the coffee disaster by stopping at a local café before heading to the Catedral de Sevilla. The cathedral was to be the main attraction for my visit today, as it's one of if not the most important cathedrals in all of Spain. I've seen a lot of cathedrals and churches while I've been in Europe, and I'm never bored with checking them out. They're all enormous and majestic, and I'm in awe every time I encounter a new one. What makes this cathedral so special is that it's the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. Not only that, but in this cathedral is where Christopher Columbus's remains are located. His tomb is quite interesting in that he's not really buried. There are these four statues that resemble pallbearers that are holding up his casket. It was really neat to be standing before his tomb knowing that he was right there in front of me. Also, it was kind of eerie.

After making my way through the church and taking a lot of pictures, I headed up towards the base of la Giralda, which is the tower located in the back of the cathedral. I climbed up 35 ramps to reach the top of the tower where there were tons of tourists taking pictures from the many 'windows' facing each direction. Of course, I had to do the same. I got some good pictures of the view from up top.

A brief siesta was in order after the afternoon tour of Catedral de Sevilla, so after a brief three-hour nap, I headed down to Plaza de España to check it out. I wish I had come earlier in the day since the trees from the nearby park were casting shadows over most of the plaza. I may return tomorrow, but I've been warned that there's a rough heat wave coming in, so I may just relax in the apartment and watch Spanish TV. I thought Plaza de España was cool, but I think I was expecting more since I've seen some incredible pictures of it, most of which have been at night. I would have stayed and seen what it looks like at night, but I was hungry and feeling picky, so nothing sounded good. Eventually I ended up at Alameda de Hercules where I found a decent Mexican restaurant (don't hate) that filled me up.

I was walking the route back to the apartment when I realized that I hadn't seen the canal (looks more like a river) yet, and since it's so close to where I'm staying, it only made sense that now was the time to check it out. Surprisingly enough, it was a canal. It was pretty at dusk, though I wasn't blown away by it or anything.

My tentative plans for tomorrow are to head to the Real Alcázar in the morning to beat the impending heat wave. Other than that, I'll just have a leisurely day in Sevilla, which is never a bad thing when you're hanging out in Spain. ;-)

pictures from today

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