And It's Off To The Match We Go
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After last night's over indulgence, no surprise I slept in. Was meant ot be at the Hotel Macarena between 10 and 12, and never woke up until 11-30, and it would be a good 30-40 minute walk across town. Having done a recce on Monday I knew I could cut through the town and headed for the Alameda De Hercules.
Despite being late had no problem in picking up my ticket, and met a few guys I knew that were there at the same time. Sent my mate a text, but was still feeling a bit rough and decided to go for a wander about, rather than hit the pub again so early. Wanted to go back to the Plaza De San Fransisco, as the church there was just closing when I had been up before.
Headed down through the streets, now quite confident about navigating them, and cut through to La Campana and up to the square, only to find the church completely closed because of the Festival.
Had a specific bar I wanted to check out and went to look for it, but it was closed when I got there, so I headed back up and met a couple of boys I knew. Was very busy round the cathedral so headed to one of the little squares between the Real Alcazar and my hotel and went to a bar called the Cafe Alianza.
Soon time to head up to the ground as Wanted to be there relatively early and went to get the metro up from Puerta Jerez to Nervion, and having gone smoothly had time to pop into another bar just outside the station there. Was on my way up to the ground and about to cross over the main road when a few fellow Bears crosssing back the way warned not to go up that way as the police had gone into a couple of bars in full riot gear and were indiscriminately setting about folk with their batons. Despite the warning , continued up anyway taking as wide a route round about it, and the bars had been locked down and folk were getting let out one at a time and having to put their hands in the air. Unfortunately this is an all to common occurence when coming across the Spanish police :-(
Got up to the ground and in no problem.
Kept in 20 minutes after the game, and found the metro closed when I got back to it, so had to walk back into town. This was the route I had planned to use when I had first arrived in Sevilla, and I noticed a couple of things as I went along and decided to come back up this way the following day.
Entered the Barrio Santa Cruz at the top end and it was after midnight. Stopped at a cafe there and had a couple of beers and then just headed for hotel.