Today was an interesting day because we went (as a class) to visit the Scala Coeli – during class hours! I had my usual 9am breakfast of 5 round breakfast biscuits, hot milk mixed with Nesquick powder, and some fruit – this time, sliced pineapple. It was really fun visiting the Scala Coeli, and I’m glad I had fully charged my camera the night before – the view from the top of the towers was beautiful!
We visited the Scala Coeli at around 10:30am. We had to walk up several flights of stairs before reaching a museum-like room filled with artifacts and small models of the building. It was a bit annoying that the literature was placed inside glass cases (even if the glass was for protection) because it was very difficult for the camera flash NOT to reflect off the glass.
After we viewed the entire room, we lined up to walk up several more flights of stairs to the top of the Scala Coeli. The lady in charge of group divisions allowed us all to go up together after we told her that we were from the Colegio de España. I’m pretty sure we were all tired of stairs after a while, but when we finally made it to the top the view was definitely worth it!
I was the unofficial group photographer today, so it was really funny walking between the two towers and going up and down the spiral staircase. The view from the top was amazing, and even though the spiral staircase made me feel a bit dizzy and claustrophobic (there were no windows) it was a necessary evil.
Because I was the unofficial photographer, my classmates felt it was necessary for me to have “postcard-worthy pictures” (aka Facebook profile picture-worthy pictures) as well. Of course, they all came out great, though the varying angles are proof that people of different heights took the pictures.
I am definitely not afraid of heights, but I must admit that crossing between the two top towers was no easy feet, especially since the walkway was narrow AND tilted sideways. The pictures of the tower itself were definitely amazing though!
After our short tour of the Scala Coeli, it was sadly time to head back to class. The rest of the day passed by as usual, with a lot of homework done at the internet cafe. I’m glad we had a ton of homework today though, because tomorrow we have a light homework load and I plan to go and do some shopping at El Corte Ingles, an 8-story shopping mall somewhat like Rustan’s back home.