It’s 3:15 am, I just submitted a reaction paper that is due at 12pm later in the day. It is the first time I actually finished and submitted a piece of work not dangerously close to the deadline. Call me efficient, or actually call my bluff because I have another assignment due on Wednesday so I am trying to make sure I have enough time for that. It is the 5th week of school now and I’m only just starting to get back into the grind of things (contrary to what people think, 2 day work weeks are not that great after all). But before things get busy and before I go to sleep, I thought I should continue with my Spain/Portugal/Dubai series.
Day 5 was possibly one of my favourite days of the tour – not just because of who we saw on the trip but also because the places that we visted were amazingly beautiful.
The day got off to a good start because we were welcomed by a beautiful sunrise in Cordoba while we were having breakfast. And as seen in the picture, our hotel has this quaint dining area that looked like some magical secret garden that I thought was v beautiful.
Itinerary for the day began at the Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba (Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our walk up, we saw these horses and I was so thrilled that 1) the man who was supposed to watch them allowed me to get close enough to them to take photos (without paying hehe) and 2) the horses co-operated as well!
The Mosque-Cathedral was not open yet so we just walked around the streets while the shops were still getting ready to open.
I honestly don’t know what this place is but it is pretty and kind of reminiscent of the Romeo and Juliet House in Italy.
After taking photos, we headed back to the Mosque-Cathedral again. An interesting feature of all the churches that we visited on the trip is that when you step in, you will always see a garden full of orange trees.
The Mezquita-catedral de Cordoba was originally a Catholic Church that was converted into an Islamic Mosque in the Middle Ages and was eventually converted back to the church it is today. The interplay of the two religions can be seen in the Moorish and Reinassance influence in the architecture and design of the church.
After we left the Mosque-Cathedral, we walked around the little town enroute to our bus and also for a photo stop.
We went out to the photo stop enroute to where our bus was waiting and it was honestly one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.
Do you see why I love this place so much now? it is so so so beautiful, an even that is an understatement. Also, as can be seen in this series of photos, generally all the photos I am uploading on my Spain/Portugal/Dubai series are not edited or filtered except for those that I posted or contemplated posting on Instagram. All #nofilter and it’s truly all natural beauty (of the place i mean lol).
And while we were at the photo stop, this happened…
And this, is the best photo ever taken!! People have been asking for the original selfie, which I don’t particularly like because it’s super unglam / too happy 😦 There were people waiting to take photos with him so it was a v rushed photo and also, I couldnt say ‘sorry Sir but I look horrible can we take another one’ so… anyway here goes the selfie itself.
We even got to appear on his Instagram and Facebook after :”)
So what happened was that while we were taking photos, PM Lee and his family got off just in front and someone from the tour group spotted him. I heard “Lee Hsien Loong is here!” and I thought someone was trying to troll us. But when we saw him, everyone was honestly v star struck. There was a lot of handshaking and hellos and photo taking until his bodyguards escorted him away because they still had an itinerary to follow. But W O W, it was truly quite an amazing experience because even in Singapore, you don’t just run into the PM like that so truly, what are the odds. For the next few days of the trip, everyone still kept talking about it and gushing about him hahah. After the trip, I wrote down all the attractions we visited and the highlights of the trip and for Day 5, I wrote “SAW LEE HSIEN LOONG!!!” Definitely a highlight for me 🙂
The rest of Day 5 consisted of a drive up to Sevilla and touring that city but I will save that for the next update because that ^ took more than an hour and I need to sleep so I can wake up to conquer my ACLP assignment!
Ok goodnight! I am sleepy bye! Hahahaha