Category Archives: Seville

Holy week (semana santa) or crazy week?

1 Don’t worry, I wasn’t at a ku klux klan meeting! 🙂

These ‘beautiful’ dresses are part of the incredible celebrations of ‘seman santa’ (the holy easter week) in Sevilla.

When spent my lovely winter in the sunny Sevilla, everyone told me some stories about ‘semana santa’ and I could also see the ‘training’ of the people encharged to carry the wooden float.

Well, still it was a huge surprise to see all the event with my eyes. First of all, I didnt’ expect so many people, starting all already from the monday (6 days before the sunday of easter). I arrived from Madrid by a blablacar ride and it took me almost 2 hours to reach my hostel, while normally it would have taken 15-20 minutes by walk!

5I was surprised by the partecipation of the locals, when a procession was passing by, everyone was assisting at it in a complete silence and they expect other people to do the same!

The entire city centre is full of this partecipative crowd.

The figures who join the processions have different roles. For more info,

I would suggest you to read the description on wikipedia.
I can tell you that, from my opinion, it was too much, I mean an entire big city paralized for a week? No thanks!

I did enjoy the view from the terrace roof of the hostel of few procession, but in the other hand I couldn’t move around for 6 days fearing to be stuck for hours in the crowd and I was awaked couple of nights for the loud music played during the processions (even during the late night and first hours of the day!!!!).

Anyway, it was an experience, to say the least!

2 Sevillans and people from the region do care a LOT and like to dress in fancy clothes for this holy/crazy week

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Ready to hit the road

1514620_380886425387380_4428249408742633151_nHi my fellow travellers!

I’ve been travelling and living in Spain for 10 days now and I’m looking forward to telling you some of the stories I’ve had so far, starting with the unique and huge celebration of easter in Sevilla (semana santa –  holy week).

Before it, let me give some space to my idea, to increase visibility in this large community of bloggers.

I’ve made 3 t-shirts with my webpage address and 3 slogans that fully represent me:

-Hitch hike (with the notorious symbol of fb)

-Ready to hit the road (modifying one of my favorite piece of street-art)

-Backpackers tryathlon (a camera for the sightseeing; a beer for the leisure, a bunk bed for our deserved rest in the hostel)

Which one do you like the most?

Of course if you will happen to meet a guy with one of those t-shirts, it will be most certainly me, so don’t hesitate to stop me for a chat (and a beer!) together 🙂

travel and…work

sevfriendsFor those who, like me, travels a lot and on a tight budget, looking for a job that can support during the time spent away from home is a great idea.
Thanks to internet, nowadays it’s easy to find a casual job (especially for english speakers).

What interested me were websites that connect farms (especially organic, bio farms), small hostels for backpackers, bed & breakfasts and other family-run business, with independent travelers who want to extend their travel experience, to something that tie them even more with the visited places.
As far as I know, the first idea was the creation of the project ‘wwoof’ (World – Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ).
Last winter I worked, as a volunteer, in exchange for accommodation in a hostel in Seville.
Today I am leaving for Spain, to repeat this incredible adventure.
I preferred a hostel to a farm, to stay in touch with other travelers and backpackers like me, to extend the network of acquaintances and friendships made so far, and I have to say that it worked so well that I’m going back at Sevilla Inn backpackers.
How does it work this work-exchange stuff?

You sign up to websites such as wwoof, workaway, helpx … –  you pay a small annual fee that allows you to search for a job, contact the hosting business and offer yourself to it. If you find to like each others, pack your backpack and go! 🙂

Read carefully the terms offered, each host can require different tasks and type of help. Even what is offered, in exchange for your time and help, varies. A basic accommodation is offered to all, but it can be in shared rooms, in a tent, a caravan … Usually, on the basis of the work and the hours required you can also get the meals.

The majority of hosts are lovely people, who are looking for someone to help them, but mostly for people with whom socialize.

The network has now expanded a lot, so be careful (especially in some countries, Italy in the first place … ) to those who seek to take advantage of this opportunity to get free labor and exploit ‘workers’.
On the same hand those who choose to work without a salary are usually generous and curious people, not interested to gain money, only to live new experience, but even here, many new members take this opportunity simply to save on accommodation costs …