07.10.2015 - 09.10.2015 28 °C
Spain! A quick trip on a ferry from Tangier to Tariff and viola, you're in Spain! After a mad dash to the bus station involving taxis that refused to take us and only having 5€ in cash and some good luck, we caught the last bus to Seville. Arriving at 8, we realised we had no idea which direction we were supposed to head in for our hotel so we asked some policeman. They rattled off Spanish to one another, arguing about the quickest and safest route before they finally decided to print us off a Google maps walking map and warning us to be wary of our valuables (thanks for instilling such confidence, guys!)
The next day we headed out for a breakfast of tomato rolls and coffee, whilst we got a feeling for the city and people watched. The buildings here are stunning and so are the people. Everyone, young or old, is dressed well in either two-toned suits or shirts and jeans and every second person is walking their dog(s). Most adults smoke, including fashionable grandmas in pearls and tortoiseshell glasses.
We took a walking tour at 10, with "Feel The City" tours. Our guide was a history buff who studied tourism, making our tour that much more interesting as he passionately told us stories about Seville's history. We visited the Cathedral, Plaza De España (where some of Star Wars was filmed), Torre del Oro (the Golden Tour) and the Royal Tobacco Factory, which is now used by the University. There is a neighbourhood in Seville called Tirana, where Flamenco was born. Under the oppression of the Catholic church, the Jewish, Muslim and gypsy communities started a new movement of music that spoke of their suffering, lives and love. In the evening, we treated ourselves to a Flamenco tour, where we learned the history of Flamenco and watched a traditional show. Much of the show consisted of a man singing, whilst accompanied by a guitar. The songs were heartfelt and emotional, the raspy voice of the singer adding an extra layer of intensity. A woman danced also, wearing traditional dresses that accentuated her figure with ruffles. Her hands moved in rhythmic circles and her feet moved in swift motions, tapping the wooden floor.
We stayed in Seville a couple of nights, exploring all that the town had to offer. Then it was time to head to Portugal...