N.B. Continuing with the clearinghouse of old, unpublished blog posts, this from May 2016…
No trip to Andalucía would be complete without a visit to the center of the Caliphate, melting under the sun in the middle of the Guadalquivir valley, and so I took the students on a lovely 100-degree-plus day in early June. This was my third visit to the city.
I have written about Córdoba before (on this blog, in 2009 originally), and don’t have a lot to add. The only site we visited which I had not previously seen was the fourteenth century synagogue in the heart of the judería. This tiny building perfectly replicated the Andalucian architectural style which surrounded it in the Middle Ages. It also incorporated all of the traditional elements of a synagogue, including the women’s gallery above, and the ark/niche for the Torah scrolls.
Our trip was somewhat marred by an idiot of a bus driver, who, despite repeating them to me, misunderstood my directions for pickup. He also gave me the wrong number for his mobile phone, and so it took us an hour or more to find him and successfully leave the city. A valuable lesson for the future: don’t trust that the bus drivers know what they are doing.