I caught up with my new friend Willem Bakker from Scotland /Holland last night after dinner. Great guy! However, he is suffering from a stomach malady and sore feet so I give him maximum credit for sticking with it. This morning we were sitting in the lobby chatting when I saw a man carrying in my backpack and leaving it at the receptionist. You can imagine my delight! All was accounted for except for my Swiss army knife which I had put in an outside pouch. A word to the wise there are light fingers in some airports. I was able to replace it from a department store (Corte Ingles).
Today I toured the beautiful city of Sevilla which is a wonderful area of winding, narrow streets and beautiful and colourful old buildings. I also visited an old church happily not filled with tourists where I was actually able to pray for my many friends who face various challenges.
The highlight of the day was the tour of the Cathedral of Santa Maria just metres from my hotel. I spent a long time here marvelling at the artistry and workmanship of those who for centuries have devoted their skills to the glory of God.
Willem and I will have dinner together this evening and perhaps Ria also met on the St James site who has been held up here with an eye infection. Hopefully we will all set out together for the first stage of the Via de la Plata tomorrow morning. The hotel is actually right on the route of the camino.
All the best,