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Sunday, August 16, 1998
Sevilla, Spain
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Sevilla, Spain:
Latitude: 37° 33' 37" North
Longitude: 5° 32' 16" West
Altitude: 27 feet
From Seattle: 5945 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hostal Aguilas

Today's Travel:
Country: Spain
Region: Andalucia
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 493
Linear Dist: 122298
Countries Visited: 34
Regions Visited: 140
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Hotels: 108
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 134
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1907

Journal Entry:
Spent the day wandering around the Cathedral, Alcázar, and the surrounding maze of streets. It was hot, but not as hot as Madrid was, and not nearly as hot as I'd been led to believe. Hiked through the Centro and La Macarena districts to the train station to pick up schedules for tomorrow's departure.

The Cathedral opened at 2pm (it's Sunday) for tourists. A few minutes before two there was a queue of many hundred people waiting to get in. I decided to put it off, maybe I could go before catching the train tomorrow. Around five I went back, and there was no line. Then I realized that the cathedral grounds and museum were free on Sunday (hence the line). Anyway I got to go for free and didn't have to wait in line. The main alter is a huge wall of intricately carved scenes, all in gold, or at least gold plated. The most exciting part for me was the Sepulcro de Cristóbol Colón (Christopher Columbus' tomb). There were also some pretty grisly treasures (bones and organs of ?) in the museum.

Had dinner with Nadia at a bar recommended by the father of the hotel owner. The place was Casa de Antonio and the tapas were phenomenal. We had very little idea what anything was, but it was all good. Some of the dishes included: battered shrimp (it was tempura style), a pork tenderloin (somollio?) marinated in whiskey (incredible!), and a mixed shish-kabob type thing. It was the best meal I've had in Spain or Portugal, and it was cheap. A good reminder to ask the locals for recommendations!

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Spain
CIA World Fact Book: Spain

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