While at the London conference I was invited to hear a doctor speak at the very last day of a medical conference in Spain two days later, so off I went!
The conference happened to be in Spanish except for the one doctor's presentation and since I've only had one semester of the language, it was a bit of a guessing game. But I made the connections I was after and got an invitation to visit the Spanish doctor in his OR in the future.
The conference was in Seville in southwestern Spain. What a cool place! It was my first time in Spain, and I didn't get to see much in the day I was there but I loved it. The streets wind between tall buildings getting narrower and narrower until even I can touch both walls at the same time. The squares and main streets are lined with orange trees - not tasty oranges, but really tart fruits used to make a bitter marmalade - and lively neighborhood bars where locals gather to chat over tapas.
Seville is filled with fun architecture. I visited La Giralda, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The bell tower has ramps all the way to the top and offers beautiful views of the city and the cathedral itself. The inside and out is covered in intricate stone carvings - the gargoyles were my favorite.
Sevilla is known for flamenco dancing and bull fighting. Here's a birds-eye view of Spain's oldest bull fighting ring - Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza - from the top of the cathedral.
The Plaza de Espana is a large semicircle of beautiful buildings covered in blue, yellow, and white patterned tiles. This complex was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and is used today as government buildings and museums. It's unique design features a lake with a network of galleries and bridges around it. This location was even used for filming parts of Star Wars!
Another highlight of my very brief time in Spain was the food. While I only had two proper meals there, they were delicious. In the evening my colleague and I were lingering on a patio right beside La Giralda eating tapas and listening to live music from a nearby bar when a group of young Spaniards came over and sang to us. Of course we got a photo. :)
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