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from Madrid to Segovia to Barcelona

I just got back from Segovia with Tals. It was a really, really lovely day trip and I got to see the Roman aqueduct that straddled one of the plazas of the little town and the massive Gothic cathedral called the Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion y San Frutos Cathedral, or the Segovia Cathedral, and the castle of Alcazar. After taking 153 steps up the tower, I saw the whole landscape of what surrounds Segovia and it was a breath taking sight.

The view of Segovia from the tower of the Alcazar castle, which is absolutely breath-taking

The view of Segovia from the tower of the Alcazar castle, which is absolutely breath-taking

Built by the Romans in early 2nd century AC (I don't know what that means, but that's what's on the tourist map) and it supplied water to the city of Segovia

Built by the Romans in early 2nd century AC (I don’t know what that means, but that’s what’s on the tourist map) and it supplied water to the city of Segovia

It was also the only day that Tals, one of my closest friends who let me stay at her place here in Madrid, had completely spent with me as she had work during the weekdays and Saturday was spent working on the website she contributes for, Vaya Madrid.

Today (or yesterday, to be exact), we spent the whole day at Segovia and it was gorgeous. Today (later), will be my last day in Madrid, which will be spent checking the Prado and the Retiro.

Then the next day, I take the AVE fast train to Barcelona to visit an aunt and the next city begins and the continuation of my grand adventure, well, continues.

It was quite amazing getting to hang out with Tals again after such a long time, and to do it in her part of the world and seeing Madrid through her eyes as much as my own. At night, she’d take me out and I would meet her friends, while in the day, while she worked, I went out on my own.

After tomorrow, I’ll be on my way to Barcelona and find out what the city designed by Gaudi is going to look like. I was told to be prepared for something gorgeous and magnificent — a complete feast for the eyes. I can’t wait.

Afterwards, I return to Lisbon to be with my brother and I get to settle down there and try to figure out the world of Lisbon all over again. This is but a brief Spanish reprieve. Lisbon is my home in Europe, though. As much as I loved this trip to Madrid these past few days, Lisbon really calls to me and I can really feel it. I miss it, to be honest, and it’s so strange because I’ve only really been there for 2 weeks.

But Madrid and Segovia are gorgeous. There’s no question. I’m taking bits and pieces of it with me when I go.

The Segovia Cathedral, an immense Gothic cathedral in the middle of the Plaza Mayor that is a presence that is felt so strongly throughout Segovia...

The Segovia Cathedral, an immense Gothic cathedral in the middle of the Plaza Mayor that is a presence that is felt so strongly throughout Segovia…

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