I’m finally on my way! I passed by the cathedral as the official starting point of my pilgrimage walk.
As is usual passing out of a big city, the first few hours were a bit ugly. I passed over both branches of the Guadalquivir river. This tall building was visible from almost 20km away later on my walk.
I couldn’t see any of the signs that mark the way in the city, but finally I picked them up outside town. where they are much easier to see.
I passed by both a large recently restored monastery and the ruins of the Roman city of Italica. Both were unfortunately closed today.
The city of Italica was the birth place of two emperors – Hadrian of ‘Hadrians Wall’ fame and Trajan. It was founded by Scipio in 206BC.
I had a long walk along this dirt road. As my Spanish guide book puts it in a rhyme
‘Se trata de una recta sin fin entre campos de algodón, más recta que un bordón’
A straight line without end, between fields of cotton, as straight as a pilgrim’s staff’
It was around here I met the first other pilgrim – a Frenchman called Francois who speaks quite good Spanish .
A Camino sign on a gum tree!
We finished the 22km walk together into the town of Guillena and checked into a private hostel at the edge of the small town.
View from the roof ( a great place to hang the washing!)
A deep and meaningful conversation in Spanish – I understood maybe 5%!