Sevilla, Spain

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Welcome to my blog!  As many of you know, I’ll be teaching english in Malaga, Spain this year.  I’ll be an assistant teacher for 12 hours a week at the Clara Campoamor Escuela in Alhaurín de la Torre, a small town in Malaga.  Erica, my friend that is also moving to Malaga, has been placed in the same city but at a different school.  A week ago I flew from Michigan to Sevilla, the capital of the Andulcia, the southern region of Spain.  I’ll be in Sevilla for one month, traveling and living with a family for a few weeks to brush up on my Spanish skills, from there, I’ll take a train to Malaga, find an apartment ‘piso’ and start a new adventure.  I’ve been traveling by myself, staying in a hostel called Samay Stay Hostel in the heart of Sevilla.  It has been in the 90’s everyday, I’ve been drinking over a gallon of water a day!  I’ve met only great people in the city and at my hostel, until today, I haven’t had a moment to myself! It’s great being around people that love traveling as much as I do! My Spanish is improving much faster than I expected, the first day I was shocked because I couldn’t understand anyone, only 4 days later I’m getting around using my Spanglish!

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I love the tiled streets, some of the tiles are over 3,000 years old.  Sevilla is the 2nd oldest city in Europe, 1st being Cadiz, Spain.  There is so much history to learn! 

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On the left is a photo of Cuco and Luis, my friends I met at the hostel the first day in Sevilla.  Luis is from southern Mexico and is traveling for 8 months, his broken English complimented my horrible Spanish.  Our conversations weren’t much of anything at first, but now we’re doing great.  He speaks English to me and I speak Spanish to him, he’s taught me a ton - thought he’s throwing off my Spanish accent!  The three of us have been exploring the city, eating Tapas, watching Flamenco shows and going out at night.  The second night I was in Sevilla, we went to an outside night club in the middle of the city. People here stay out late, wake up late and take naps from 2-5pm then eat dinner at 11pm, it’s hard to get used to!

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There’s still a Moorish influence in Sevilla, especially in the tile work.  The unique tiles can be found on most buildings and homes in the city.  These particular tile walls, I photographed at the Alcazar in the center of the city.  The Alcazar was the Moorish fort in Sevilla, and now one of the largest tourist attractions in the city.

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Most apartments and hotels open with a beautiful, private garden.  Above is a typical apartment garden, I hope I can find a place in Malaga that has one like this.  I love Sevilla because it’s a perfect combination of urban architecture and gardens, there are parks on every block!

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City maps are painted on lots of street walls, though they don’t seem to be of help.  I get lost everyday in the winding streets, the city was designed to lose enemies during battle so there isn’t a city street pattern, just tons of routes to get lost!

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Everyone knows I love food - so I thought I should give an update on the foods I’ve been enjoying.  Tapas ‘small plates’ are served at every restaurant in Sevilla.  It’s a great way to taste all sorts of dishes.  There are many stories on how tapas were started, yesterday, a waitress told me they came about when the King couldn’t digest large portions, so he started eating small plates.  The rest of the city starting eating small plates like the King but could digest larger portions, so they would make numerous small plates.  Tonight I ordered a Mediterranean salad, a mix of tomatoes, feta cubes, olives, hard boiled eggs, olive oil and fresh pesto, along with a spanish zucchini omelet. For dessert, a goat cheese crepe covered in warm raspberries - heaven.