Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
15Trip End Jul 04, 2008
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While the temperature was as bad as the day before, it was still more than I was used to. When I got to Córdoba, I found out that the Alcázar was closed as well as the sínagoga. Therefore, all I got to see was the cátedral. Being there felt very different from being in Sevilla. Being in Córdoba felt more like being in a desert. The colors were very Muslim as well as all the ornamentations in the stone buildings
With the hot weather, I went for a real good meal and had my first gazpacho and a good steak and even flan for dessert. Always ask for the menú del día. I wandered a bit around the city but too much was closed. I did get some interesting souvenirs at least. About late afternoon I boarded the AVE for Madrid. I had to try to get credit for my phone so I could call people in Vigo, but it wouldn't work. So I had to go from Atocha station (the bombed one), all the way to Chamartín. Along the way I had to ask to find an internet place to check mail in case someone from Vigo contacted me that way. I found out from Alberto that his mother already knew I was on the way. So at that point, I just took the metro to Chamartin, I did not want to miss the night train. So I got to the station and went to a phone booth and called my old host families and set up plans to meet up with them. It was a tricky area as both wanted me to stay with them, but I decided to stay with Alberto's mom as they knew about my arrival first. But I was going to give my first meal to Pedro's family as the parents were delaying their vacation just to have lunch with me.