Leon to Sevilla
Tuesday March 24th, 2015
Leon is certainly a pleasant city, but I was unable to find a rental bike and so, as is typical in travel, it’s time to change and adapt the plan. It’s been very chilly, so, seems like heading south would be nice. Got a train ticket to Sevilla, which is pretty much an all day trip of about 7 hours from Leon. No need to change trains though, so that part is easy. Being from the USA we forget how great a good train system is, and Spain does have a good system. Spent a frustrating amount of time trying to get an Airbnb apartment in Seville. The part that really bothered me was that everything was done and then they wanted further verification steps after charging the card. Unable to do them, unable to reach anyone really helpful and left in limbo with a message that the reservation would be cancelled if they weren’t done, I ended up canceling them on my own so that at least I knew where I was. Found the apartment listed on the agencies website, so we’ll see if I can get it that way. It has a private terrace and is just across the river in the Triana neighborhood, alleged to be where Flamenco started. Weather in Seville should get into the 70s this week, so that’s promising.
Been thinking a lot about a Richard Branson quote I read which was something to the effect of “If your dreams don’t scare you a bit then you’re not dreaming big enough.” Definitely an interesting thought about when to play it safe and when to take risks. Failure is also something I think about a lot, but it is the flip side of success. Also, it may just be a result, the term “failure” being a value judgement that we assign to a result. In some ways I feel that I’ve “Failed” at everything I’ve done, but in other ways I know that I lead an enviable lifestyle and have done many interesting things that I wouldn’t have done if I had “successfully” stayed in one job. Not being able to finish even this modest part of the camino brings up all of the failure scrips for me. On the other hand, it’s a self imposed goal, so what does it matter? Maybe the learning is in the flexibility and the letting go of the preconceived goal. I know that plenty of people push on through the pain, but to me, the short term achievement would not be worth causing possible lasting injury. Eg. always better to retire from a battle you can’t win, so that you can do it on another day. Is “failure” sometimes a better result than success? Probably falls into the “be careful what you wish for, you might get it” area.
Sunday March 22, 2015
Bohdan was right, Leon is tapas madness at a whole new level! Thousands of people out last night! I think I may have found a way to continue this thing. Bicycle shop in Leon that rents bikes. Not open today as it is Sunday, but fingers crossed that it will work out for tomorrow.