The first of many day trips in the gorgeous city of Carmona, and exactly how much it cost to make it happen
By Sara Utsugi
This weekend I took a spur-of-the-moment day trip to Carmona, a small city about an hour out of Seville. My friend Mallorie messaged me on Friday night asking if I’d want to go the next day, and 12 hours later, we were on a bus and on our way to our first day trip of the semester. The drive to Carmona was relaxing and easy (once we finally found our bus). The roundtrip fair cost under 5 euros, and we learned that we could save 0.6 euros by paying with our metrocard rather than cash. The drive quickly took us from the city to a span of industrial area and finally to the countryside where we truly felt like we were in the middle of nowhere.
When we got off the bus, we immediately saw a sign for pancakes and got suckered in like the tourists we are. The pancakes were, well...cold. We should’ve known better than to think that pancakes in a small Spanish city would be good, but even the under heated, frozen pancakes covered in chocolate syrup and whipped cream still somehow managed to hit the spot. We quickly devoured our breakfast along with my cafe con leche, and we were off to explore the city.
We spent our day wandering around Carmona, walking from the gate of Cordoba to the gate of Seville. We saw everything from a donkey tied up on the side of the road, a pen of goats and a mountainside of sheep to gorgeous architecture, winding cobblestone streets and breathtaking views of the city. We spent six hours wandering the streets of Cordoba, constantly finding new churches, plazas, convents and lookouts.
We stopped to eat tapas at a cute bar in the center plaza, dining on bocadillos and tinto de verano, fueling up after an amazing day. Finally, at 7pm we boarded the bus back to Seville with our wanderlust satisfied and wallets still in tact. That day, I got a small taste of the travel ahead of me this semester.
Carmona, a tourist friendly city laden with arrows on the street directing you to major stops on a city map; a history-rich city bursting with churches, convents, and even housing the gate of Seville; a beautiful city filled with warm Spaniards and breathtaking views will forever be remembered and hold a place in my heart. Gracias Carmona. Until we meet again.