Saturday was a crazy adventure! I went to both Córdoba and Cádiz to see the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, and celebrations of Carnaval.
The Mezquita-Catedral was amazing. I had studied briefly the Mosque portion in my Art History class this past semester, and it was completely mind-blowing to see something in person that I had studied. The double archways were incredible, but what was especially mind-boggling was when I walked around the corner and saw a Cathedral smack dab in the middle of the Mosque.
As I looked up at the enormous Cathedral I felt a mix of wonder and horror. It was incredibly beautiful but I was just so saddened because of the obvious demonstration of power over another shown through religious presence. That being said though, I can appreciate the Cathedral-within-a-Mosque because without the decision to put the Cathedral inside, it is likely that the entire place would no longer exist.
The Alcázar was also gorgeous. We explored the gardens filled with fountains that were home to so many coy fish. They would even swim to follow you around with hopes to be fed!
After our time in Córdoba came to an end we headed back to Seville, where I immediately got ready forCarnaval and hopped on a bus at 8pm. We arrived in Cádiz to an enormous celebration. There were people everywhere, dressed in every costume imaginable.
The streets were completely full and, in some parts, it was even hard to move around. It was so cool! Never in my life have I experienced a celebration quite like this. Although it was a really late night, sometimes it is worth losing a few hours of sleep to experience something so unique that I may not have ever seen in my life otherwise!
Saturday was one of the longest days ever, but it was so worth it.