“ Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle.


I took a very long day tour from Sevilla to Cordoba. I was at the first pick up location and hence got to ride around for about 45 minutes before getting onto the road to Cordoba. The tour was in Spanish and English, so all commentary by tour guide was first in one language and then the other, and the English was difficult to understand. I was the only one for whom English was first language. Some took the English speaking because the tour was not given in their language, but they did understand and speak English to some degree.

Our tour included a couple from Mexico, a family of 4 from Argentina, a single woman from Berlin, an older couple from Netherlands, 2 friends, one from India and the other, Indian, but living in Dallas for the last 30 years.

The woman from Dallas was unmercifully annoying. The tour guide gave back as good as she got, mostly with humor, but a couple of times with some tension in her voice. At 11:00 am Ms. Dallas started asking, “when do we eat?”. Spaniards eat lunch at 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Our lunch break was scheduled for 1:00 p.m. On the bus returning to Sevilla, we were all tired and drowsy or actually napping, when suddenly she shouted, “how much further?”.

Cordoba is yet another beautiful Spanish city. The cathedral started life as a mosque, but was confiscated by Christians who took over all synagogues and mosques but keep the buildings and converted them to Christian.

Jewish Quarter

James BirminghamComment