We arrived in León just in time for dinner. Unfortunately, due to the huge meal from lunch, we could barely fit any of our luxurious three-course meal in our mouths. Spanish people really know how to eat. We went to our respective hotel rooms after and everything was fine until, about thirty minutes in, our ceiling began to drip. A crack was growing and the ceiling began to bulge. For fear of a soon-to-cave ceiling, we switched rooms to a different floor.
Besides that, the rest of our hotel experience went smoothly. We left the hotel to visit the main Cathedral in León, which was probably the most beautiful cathedral I have seen yet. Sadly, it was so cold in the cathedral that I was shivering too much to truly enjoy the view. In that very same cathedral, I had the opportunity to attend my first mass.
The mass was fairly difficult to follow, seeing as A) it was in Spanish and B) Catholicism is filled with many rules and traditions that I do not know. I found myself respectfully observing, unable to keep up with the incantations and ever-changing hand movements. I was surprised by how few people were there. In a cathedral so impressive and huge, you'd think there'd be hundreds of people in attendance. However, I'm pretty sure there was only around 70.
After the mass we went to a crypt with ancient artifacts and the bodies of the kings of León. Pictures were forbidden, so I unfortunately have no photos to show. However, there was an impressive library, an old goblet and a ceiling painted with incredible details from the life of Jesus.
After the crypt we had free time to wander the streets and find lunch. At 3:30 we left to return to Oviedo. I hate to admit it, but I was happy to return—exhausted and in great need of some alone time. Our excursion through Northern Spain may now be over, but the journey in Spain is still just beginning. One month down, 4 more to go!