Beautiful city I want to return
02.04.2007 - 04.04.2007 22 °C
Nearing the end of my trip now, I have arrived in Servilla. And the what people say about are so true, the place is incredible. It makes it extra special to be here during easter week. Grabbed a taxi from the station becuase i could not for the life of me work out where my hostel was, And the first thing (person) i see out of the window is dressed in white with there faces covered over, and wearing a long pointy hat. I really thought id jumped into an alternate reality, and i was looking at a member of the KKK. The taxi driver assured me this was not the case, and that it was part of a festival held here over easter week.
The hostel is amazing, my room is on the top floor which is an open varanda with one room being shared by 4 of us. I look out over the roof tops and a church squire. First thing i did was go looking for a map then found myself outside the bull ring. So i went in for the tour, it was very interesting, they had a musuem located within it, looking at the last 2 centuries, and i learnt that bull fighting originally evolved from jousting. I then went and had lunch by the river, then came back to the hostel, where i met an Australian girl and we went out to watch the parade. It was quite emotional to see the respect, belief and passion that people held for the parade, The amount of people that turned out was incredible, it took Claire and I about 2 hrs just to walk a couple of streets. Lots of people in pointy hats, of various colours, a band, and some of the best floats ive ever seen. We think it took about 30 people to carry each float. The parade starts from each of the churches in the city, and makes it way towards the cathedral. After being in the cathedral they make there way back to their respective churches. The band music is very sombre and serious. Made me realise how commercial easter has become in the UK. The reason the people cover thier faces is they believe that god will recognise them and thier journey to heaven is assured. Got back to the hostel about midnight cooked pasta drank some wine and went to bed.
Today I went to see the alcazar, which is the palace where the princes and kings used to live. Oh boy, the beauty of the biuldings and the gardens blow me away. I spent a very happy three hours walking around, deciding what i would do with the place if i owned it. hahaha.
Its just started raining so i doubt im going to go out again to watch any more of the parade. Tomorrow i head for the beach, to wait out easter week.