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Finding magic under the stars of the Camino Santiago de Compostela

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Seats and a Bed at the Monastery

Today I spent some time trying to select my seats on my upcoming flight to Madrid.

Because of my MCS, I need to sit up close to the front 
and as far away from the middle of the perfumed crowd as possible. 
I often am able to get the bulkhead seats,
 but this time, they had already been booked.

I tried emailing US Airways.
I tried calling - no humans available.
I finally found a number for their "Preferred Dividend" program and called.

A human answered!

I told him my problem and he was very kind.
He helped me select seats that were not the best for my condition,
but were better than I would have been able to get on my own.
Looks like I'll be masking up for the flight unless someone declares a Fragrance Free Day!

I always have a lot of anxiety about the flight.
If there are a lot of people with heavy perfume,
I can be sick for 3-4 days afterwards, 
which is one reason I book a hotel for a few days after arrival.
One good thing is that this is an overnight flight from the East Coast,
so I will take a couple of Tylenol PMs and hopefully sleep through most of it.

I have booked lodging at the Hostal Buelta in Madrid.

I chose it because it was close to Atocha Train Station
and I'll be catching a train next day to Sevilla.

In Sevilla, I cancelled my room at Pension Vergara.
Instead, I've booked a room at
the Casa de Oración at Santa Rosalía Cathedral.

This place is run by the Poor Clare nuns of Sevilla
and I understand it to be
a silent retreat.
If not, it will at least be quieter than a room in town.
It also is less likely to be perfumed.

Also, I just like the idea of supporting the nuns
and their mission to the poor in Sevilla and in Africa.

The cost of the room for 3 nights is about 8 euros more
but I think it will be worth the extra cost.

The Monastery and Convent of Santa Rosalia is located on Cardenal Spinola Street, number 8, next to the Plaza de la Gavidia.

Founded in 1701 by the Capuchin nuns coming from Zaragoza, it was completed in 1724.  In 1761, a fire destroyed much of the building.  It took two years to rebuild.
The church has a single nave with a barrel vault. The altarpiece is the work of the Portuguese sculptor Cayetano De Acosta. The church also houses paintings attributed to Juan de Espinal. 

Those who stay here have the chance to experience a few days of silence and recollection in the House of Prayer. The House of Prayer is located in a separate area of ​​the closure.

In the chapel, I understand you can see Santa Rosalia sleeping.

The 18th century building consists of a cloistered courtyard around which the different rooms are installed. In the common area there is a lounge (old Locutorio) equipped with TV, which is available to all visitors.

The Hospederia has 9 single, double and triple beds All are furnished, are ensuite, and have air conditioning. All rooms are cleaned daily with a change of sheets and towels if you require it.  There are five single rooms and four double bedrooms, each room has a bed, nightstand, wardrobe and seating areas, bathroom and independent. There are common areas like the living room, patio and roof, and ironing area on the upper floor.On the ground floor there is a kitchen with dishes, refrigerator and microwave to prepare meals.

Pilgrims of the Via de la Plata can stay at the monastery in a special area and common room with shared bathroom. For pilgrims, there is a dining room where you can have breakfast, and in the upper area there is a meeting and conference room and access to the choir loft of the church where you can attend the daily prayers.

You can book accommodation for 25 euros per night for a single room.
Pilgrim rooms can not be reserved and I believe the beds are 18 euros.
I will let you know.

Bookings can be made at:   casadeoracion.capuchinas @
Reception hours are from 9 to 13 and from 16 to 20.30 h.
You can NOT collect your key after hours. However, once you have the key, there is no curfew.

I am really looking forward to staying here!
I will report back as to cleanliness, comfort, and convenience.

I will spend 3 nights in Seville.


  1. Sounds great! My Aunt is a Secular Fransican so talks a lot about the Poor Clare Nuns. Hope you have a lovely time and the flight is as perfume free as possible. x

  2. Sounds swell Annie!

    Question: are there bag-toting services operating on the VdelaP comparable to those operating on the VF?



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