A Travellerspoint blog

April 2007


Beautiful city I want to return

sunny 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.

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Palm Sunday

storm 13 °C

Caught the train to Telodo, arriving at about 9pm, First experience of Spains high speed trains, very nice, they even give away free sweets bonus. When I arrived at the station, I met two Americans and we agreed to share a cab into town, as it was pouring with rain, we then spent the next hour trying to find accomadation, we had all forgotten it was easter week, now in the uk, all this normally means is that we have to remember to get easter eggs. In spain from Palm sunday through to Easter Monday it is a huge deal. We had arrived on the saturday night, before palm sunday, and just when it looked like we were going to have to go back into Madrid to find a room, I got on my phone, (Yes dad having a phone on me was handy) and started ringing round after about 20 mins and a very broken conversation in spanish, I found us one single and one double for the other two. The hotel ended up being out of the main town but right on the river, and the view out of my window in the morning made all the hassle worth it.

Spent the day looking around the town, its very nice, and they obviously must have a huge history in making swords becuase they were sold from nearly every shop. EL Greco the artist comes from Telodo, and I have to say after seeing his paintings, I think the main needed some orange and yellow in his life, the painting were so gloomy, but they did fit in with the church which was the most oppressive cathedral Ive ever seen, it was really dark, and the alter was completely over the top, you didnt just feel small becuase of the huge size, I felt like the bishop ??? was showing off his might at the same time. My lest faviote cathedral so far, and believe me i have seen so many now. Only spent about 20 mins in there.

Becuase it was Palm sunday, everything was shut so just spent time wandering the streets, and taking lots of pictures, we had a thunderstorm in the afternoon, so i went back to my hotel, had a shower and relaxed.

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