I arrived in Seville expecting not all that much. Perhaps a barber and a cathedral. And after a couple of bumpy bus and train journeys along the Andalusian coast which involved financial regulatory framework revision and maths drills, I would have settled for just the cathedral.
It was the end of a very hot day and probably the only sane time to explore. So I took a walk around the centre of town, through twisty little side streets, past grocery kiosks heaped with fresh figs, towards the cathedral. And promptly found myself right in the middle of the 1800’s, with cobble stoned streets, horse-drawn carriages lining the streets and waiting to taxi some tourists and not a single one of those tourists in sight.
Having weighed up the odds of getting even more ripped off by the carriage drivers for a quick trip around the cathedral than I did by the rickshaw guys while travelling across Asia, I decided it was time for some modern technology and got on a Segway.
Those things work with your balance. Tip your weight forward and you accelerate. Tip back and you stop. Tip it all over the place and down very narrow cobble stoned windy streets and you get the gist of how my Segway adventure went. But eventually I got my balance and my bearings, saw Dorne and the Naboo, got chased by somebody’s pet pooch and discovered some amazing tapas joints that have queues longer than the hottest new Shoreditch pop-up. All you GOT and Star Wars fans just you wait I’ve got some photographic evidence of this coming up on the blog soon
Seville is quite proud of it’s history, and a big part of this history is Christopher Columbus. You know the world’s worst navigator, who in the process of trying to get to India, got lost, ended up on the exact opposite side of the planet and ‘discovered’ a ‘brand new’ continent. If you are into that sort of thing, there is apparently a museum with a bunch of historically significant stuff on display. I, on the other hand, opted to channel the Christoper Columbus spirit by discovering a few excellent tapas places and the Metropol Parasol – Europe’s largest and possibly coolest wooden structure that looks like a sprawling mushroom.