|View from the rooftop bar at the Hotel Vincci de Rabida|
Traveling to the Camino from our home in Washington state is always a bit of an ordeal. Long flights, layovers and multiple connections always rise to test our commitment to these journeys. But, now that the dust from the road has been washed away and much needed sleep has been granted we are once again yearning for the pilgrim road that will take us to Santiago. Our few days in Seville have been both fun and restorative. The city is brimming with tourists. Clusters of visitors roam the narrow lanes and alleys snapping photos and buying tickets to Flamenco shows (as we did). We had some things to accomplish and due to the convenient location of our hotel in the Arenal district (close to the cathedral) these were easily accomplished. We picked up our credentials at the Hotel Simon, mailed a box of post Camino clothes to Santiago, and picked up some SIM cards from the Orange Tienda. All of these things were handled conveniently in nearby locations.
Seville is a major tourist destination so of the throngs currently here only a very few I would guess are pilgrims. When we have asked questions regarding the Via de la Plata, even at the Tourist Office, we have drawn some blank stares. Nonetheless we are now set to depart tomorrow and will simply take it as it comes. The weather has been quite pleasant but will rise to near 80 F tomorrow. So we will have a few days of warmer weather as we move northward and that is just fine as winter weather will join us on the road soon enough. We attended the noon mass at the cathedral in the Capilla Real. This prayerful beginning to our Camino is something we always do. Pilgrims always need prayers and blessings and we gladly gather them in as our departure approaches. So for the rest of our last day in Seville we will enjoy some more lazy time hanging out in the rooftop terrace bar at our hotel catching up on correspondence and then we shall return to the Barrio de Santa Clara for another Flamenco show and then bed. Boots on tomorrow for sure and let the Camino begin. Ole!
|Our albergue in Seville|
|View from the Giralda Tower|
|A night out|
|Barrio Santa Cruz|
|Robin before mass at the cathedral|