Andalucía, Europe, Spain

Córdoba, Andalucía

February 18-20, 2022

I visited Córdoba for a few days back in December 2021 as part of my winter trip throughout some of the major cities in Andalucía (see blog posts 1, 2, and 3). One of my friends from college, Avery, joined the auxiliares de conversación program this year and was placed in a town outside of Córdoba. We have ben talking for months about getting together (for the first time in three years), and this weekend, we finally made it happen. After multiple weekends of failed trips, I decided to make this one happen no matter what. Although some friends were originally going to join me, it ended up being a solo trek.

On Friday morning, I took a bus to Murcia where I met a Bla Bla car to drive the full 5+ hours to Córdoba, which is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) away. About halfway through the trip, we were delayed briefly for a deflating tire, but it was quickly resolved. We were back on the road and into Córdoba around 7 PM. After reuniting and checking into our hotel, we headed to Plaza de la Corredera. This is a lively town square that is surrounded by an old town hall and jail. When I visited last year, there wasn’t a soul to be seen in this square. time, COVID-19 was still in full force and tourism was highly restricted or prohibited depending on where you were coming from. It was strange to see it in a completely different light.

After we enjoyed some Spanish tapas (specifically patatas bravas for me and flamenquín for Avery) and tinto de verano, we met up with three of Avery’s friends in Corredera. Two of them are surprisingly from Maine (where Avery and I are from), and we were at the same college at the same time as one of them. They are in the same program as us, while the third is an auxiliar from France. We all walked over to a favorite bar, Automatico, and drank a few too many gin and tonics. After, we walked to an Irish club where we encountered some other auxes and expats that Avery had told me about. My memory after midnight is a bit hazy, but we made it back to our hotel around 4 AM and were out like a light.

The next morning, we met up with Avery’s co-aux from his school for breakfast in the Old Jewish Quarter of Córdoba. In typical Spanish fashion, we spent many hours sobre la mesa and talking about many different things while enjoying coffee, tostadas, and miscellaneous Spanish foods. We were also delightfully informed we could sleep at his house that night, seeing as our hotel had overbooked and we were without a good plan for the evening.

After we finished with Avery’s co-aux, we went back to pick up our things at the other friends’ house before visiting the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba. There’s a lot more information from my blog covering my previous visit here. In short, it is an old mosque from the days of Arab rule that was built upon destroyed Visigothic remains. After the Catholic Reconquista when the Catholic Monarchs took over rule in Spain, it was added onto as a cathedral. It is now a one-level 20,000 square foot building with intriuging architecture with striking contrast in culture, style, and religion. Avery had never been, so I was eager to show him this extraordinary sight in the city.

After this, we went back to Avery’s co-aux’s house for a little bit to get ready for the evening. We had plans to meet up with other auxes from Córdoba and hit some new bars and clubs. I have minimal memory aside from photos and videos, but we certainly had a lively night. I met a lot of great people from different countries, and we enjoyed music, dancing, and conversation. We made it home around 5 AM, and then I was on my way to the bus station at around 7 AM! I took a train to Granada where I then connected with a Bla Bla back to Cartagena. It was quite a bit of traveling for a relatively short time in Córdoba, but it was worth it. Until next time, Andalucía!

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