I arrived in the busy, graceful city of Sevilla (Seville) a couple of hours ago. I crossed from Portugal last Friday. After 3 days in Spain I yesterday realised I should have turned my watch back an hour. I was still running on Portugal time - just shows I don´t have to worry about time aprt from what time the food shops open.
My thoughts on the Portuguese are that they´re friendly, reserved people. Spaniards are more boisterous and outgoing. I always wondered what young Portuguese did after dark as all I could see (outside of Lisbon) was tiny bars with old men chatting in them. In Spain there´s young people out and about. The Spanish drivers are as cycle-friendly as the Portuguese.
I´ve seen some beautiful country so far: I crossed from Elvas in Portugal to Badajoz (pronounced bad-a-hoth) in Spain then rode South through some quite isolated country and over some mountainous terrain. Had more trouble with my rear tyre: one I bought in Evora, Portugal. I should be able to buy some better-quality tyres here in Sevilla.
The weather´s been great for over a week now, with clear sunny skies every day and max temperatures in the low twenties. It got pretty cold though when I left my hotel yesterday morning and rode 15 kms uphill to Aracena in the mountains.
While today I cycled only 35 kms, the last 3 days I rode 80-95 kms per day. I´d like to see some coast-line after Sevilla.