Eating in Spain and Sevilla for a Holy Run

First of all, I have to take a minute to talk about the food in Spain.  It was quite a challenge being vegan. Not that it can’t be done, but unless you want to spend  your entire time trying to find vegan food, it might be okay to just go with it and be vegetarian.  Being vegetarian is still quite limiting in Spain and sometimes you may need to just go with it and eat whatever comes to you, if you are hungry, especially if you were confused about the translation and didn’t realize what you were actually ordering. I’d love to be a perfect vegan, but as this pictorial that I saw on Elephant Journal explains, it is likely that nobody is ever fully a vegan… but we can still try… if we want. But only if we want and when we want. It’s a personal decision day to day.  Perfection is overrated. And I just found it wasn’t really worth it for me 100% of the time to obsess and be disappointed with my options. And… YOLO is a saying for a reason, right?! 😉 Right.

Second of all, the food consumption timing is much different than what I am used to. I generally like to get up, work out, then have a big breakfast, a  medium sized lunch, and a small or lighter dinner.  In Spain, they have next to nothing for breakfast: a little pastry or small piece of toast, juice, and a coffee the size of an espresso (if you don’t want cafe con leche – coffee with milk).  This is not usually enough for me (especially because bread has very little nutritional value), but I’m trying this whole go with the culture thing and so I adapted.  Maybe I just get up later and bypass the whole breakfast thing altogether. We’ve got options.

The places serving breakfasts didn’t really have menus for breakfast since it’s assumed you will just order the traditional breakfast of toast and coffee.   The few times I asked for a menu, they would just stare at me blankly and say “es el desayuno” which means it’s breakfast. Duh. Then lunch is really grand (hello, Paella!), there are tons of people out eating deserts or ice cream mid-day, and dinner is usually substantial as well (Tapas y paella!).  So they make up for this breakfast thing with a lot of meat, cheese, and sweets the rest of the day.

Breakfast at the train station: a typical breakfast
Breakfast at the train station: a typical breakfast

But enough about the food differences, it was Semana Santa! And once again running is needed to kick off that holy week of eating and celebrating.  So I did another sight-seeing run which happens on accident most of the time. I just go to one notable thing, and then I’ll see another cool looking building in the distance and head towards that, and so on.  I love it when they turn out like my run in Sevilla, where I just kept running until I hit the Plaza de España, which is in the Parque de María Luisa. I then ran through the park and did the “other side” of the cathedral on the way back.

I ran this route for a total of about 4 miles.  My Nike watch didn’t pick up GPS for the map, but I drew a similar route using, which is a great tool for mapping running routes!

Sevilla, Spain Running Route
Sevilla, Spain Running Route

I started at my hostel, and ran towards the Cathedral, which I knew was straight down from my hostel.

Catedral de Sevilla


Into the Parque de Santa Luisa
Into the Parque de María Luisa (can you see the running club?!)
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de España


The park had these mosaic benches, perfect for stopping and doing a few step-up exercises, push ups and tricep dips.


This is the Hotel Alfonso XIII.  Their rooms go from 385 to 3,017 USD for Holy Week. Book now while the prices are low!
It’s hard to see here but the main streets were lined with chairs for the processions for Semana Santa.


This wasn’t that long of a run, but could have easily been lengthened by crossing the river. I stopped at the end of my run in this clearing outside my hostel for my IT band strength routine since it had benches as well.  During the day, the restaurants take this space over with outside seating but having done my run in the morning, the area was all mine.

A sneak preview of more Semana Santa posts to come, I also took this video of one of the processions on this same street! I hope you enjoy.








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