Hola mis amigos!
Yesterday, our study abroad program took everyone to the Southern city of Malaga for a day excursion! The exciting thing about Malaga: it’s on the beach!! Yay!!
However, sadly, we woke up yesterday morning at 6:30am to the sound of rain in Seville! Besides the fact that it was early, the bad weather outside made it almost impossible to get out of bed! But after 3 hours on a bus, the sun decided to make an appearance just in time for us to arrive in Malaga!
You can imagine I was a happy girl!
But before we actually got to see the beach, we had a couple tours! First stop, the Cathedral of Malaga, also called “La Manquita” (which translates to one armed lady). Although this seems strange, let me explain! While the Cathedral of Malaga was trying to be finished, the American Revolutionary War was going on. As you may know, Spain supported the revolutionaries in their fight against the British. Instead of putting the money towards finishing the other bell tower, the city of Malaga decided to donate it to the American revolutionary war effort!
Which is why one bell tower looks like this!! One is finished, the other is not: making this Cathedral a one armed lady, or manquita! Thanks Malaga for your support!!
Like most Cathedrals in Spain, the inside of this one is decadent and beautiful! There are some unique characteristics though..
This painting…although nothing out of the ordinary, hangs above the main entrance to the Cathedral! What is unique about this painting, is the canvas that it is painted on: elephant skin!!
Also, notice how these windows don’t glow with colors from stained glass, like the other windows do? Part of the Malaga Cathedral was actually destroyed during the Spanish Civil war, when Franco bombed the city. The original stained glass was destroyed. (Very sad that a civil war destroyed part of such a beautiful Cathedral!)
After a little history lesson in the Cathedral, we headed off the Pablo Picasso Museum for a lesson in art! Picasso was born in Malaga but actually did most of his work in Paris (in Montmartre, if you remember from my last post.) This museum holds many of the pieces of work once privately kept by Picasso himself. We were unable to take any pictures inside the museum, so you’ll have to imagine the crazy cubist images we saw on your own!
Finally, we got a quick walking tour of the city. Here is an Ancient Roman theater. They discovered the ruins about 60 years ago when they were hoping to make a garden/park area here! Behind the Roman ruins are the remains of a the Arab rule in the South of Spain. This picture captures two cultures in one! The Roman ruins date back to 1st century B.C! So crazy!
Also something interesting, in a plaza near the Cathedral, large replicas of newspaper headlines are displayed on the ground, from the day when Constitution was announced in Spain.
Now for the good stuff!
“Malagueta”, the name of the beach sculpted in the sand!
It felt nice to hang out on the beach for a while! Although we were dressed for rain, that didn’t stop us from taking off our boots and dipping our feet in the Mediterranean! After a long week, where I must admit, I felt very homesick, the beach cheered me up a lot! I’ve always believed there’s something healing about the ocean!