Published: April 11th 2011April 11th 2011
Through just the longest, crappiest series of events, I was in Granada with exactly 2.80€ and $11. No ATM, no PIN for my Visa cards and nothing to do about it on a Sunday. Luckily my train ticket to Seville was paid for, and the hotels were no problems, but there was the small situation of getting to and from the train stations. The super helpful front desk person at the Anacapri Hotel made me feel a lot better and told me about a bus that would take me to the train station. That was a snap. I was able to find a restaurant that took Visa, so had some lunch. I really wasn't sure when the next time I would be able to eat would be, so wanted to fuel up. It´s a good thing I did. It is now the next day and I still haven´t eaten, but I did get a large coffee.
The train was so nice compared to the trains in Morocco. It was a quick 3 hour trip to the Seville station. I asked some people at a bus stop for help and was pointed to a bus that would take me sort of
close to my hotel. Using the Rick Steves´map (not to scale nor too detailed for navigation) and a map from the train station, I started walking. It was at least a half hour walk. I was so grateful to finally reach the hotel and just crash. As for the money, I had .30€ to my name, so asked a friend to wire me money through Western Union. Of course there were complications, so here it is Monday morning and I still have no money.
I´m not terribly proud of this, but I went to a bank and literally begged the manager to cash advance my Visa. I know it should happen with a PIN, but I didn't have one for cash advance. Heck, I would never normally use it for that, but today, I needed it like you wouldn't believe. He took my passport, called and talked with Visa for quite some time and then ran the card. I cannot begin to tell you the relief I felt when he handed my cash. It was truly starting to scare me that I had no money here. Note to self, set up a PIN before the next trip. I thought
that the ATM card was all I would need, but having it stolen on day 6 kind of put a crimp in that plan.
Ok, it is time to head out and see Seville. Cooking class tonight and I am so ready.
Spent the rest of the morning sightseeing. There were mobs of people at the Cathedral and the Alcazar, so I went walking. Ended up at the bullring, so I did the tour there. It was actually kind of lackluster, but it wasn't bad. From there it was a quick walk to the Cathedral where there was no line at all. This was another huge huge huge cathedral with the dark and foreboding interiors. It was very nice, but compared to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona it was not so impressive in my mind. I did enjoy the tower climb and incredible views from up top. From there I walked over to the Alcazar. It is Seville´s version of the Alhambra and is very nice. I spent several hours there walking through rooms, courtyards, smelling the orange blossoms. I thought it was too fun that there are ducks walking around, swimming in the fountains and sleeping on
statues. It added a special flair to the ornate buildings and grounds.
There are more photos below