After arriving in Seville on the AVE, we took a bus to Plaza de la Encarnacion to find our apartment. The Plaza is filled with the Metropol Parasol, a large public structure completed a year ago.
We walked through the mercado under the parasol and then made a wrong turn and got hopelessly lost in the maze of small streets behind it. The streets aren’t in a grid, streets change names, street names are on buildings, and some corners have no street names posted. We eventually stopped at two restaurants for help. People at both places walked with us to show the way, and the second person took us to our apartment.
The apartment building is plain on the outside, with a heavy, wooden door. Through the wooden door, you enter a dark, cool room with a locked, wrought-iron gate leading to a courtyard. Through the gate is a tiled courtyard filled with plants.
Once inside the courtyard, you hear a burbling fountain among the plants. The plants and the sound of water welcomed us and cooled us after we wandered lost that afternoon. We had arrived at our next home, a place of coolness, calm, and quiet in the new city.
The use of water and layered discovery as you enter the building is enchanting.