Seville, Spain

Visiting Seville has been nice because I get to relax and do nothing, but in air conditioning. I am here visiting my second cousins. Their dad has an office in Seville, so for the summer they relocated to Spain.

The backside of the City Hall, was built for a wedding procession for the royal family.
The backside of the City Hall, was built for a wedding procession for the royal family.

Seville is pretty hot and I see why siestas are necessary. Around 2pm it starts getting unbearable outside and the sun makes you sleepy. I’m not quite used to the heat and it’s weird to be sweating again. Taking afternoon naps has been really nice. It’s my first time in a long time watching Netflix.

Near a waterfall in Sevilla's main park
Near a waterfall in Sevilla’s main park

Around Seville I visited the center square, there’s a cathedral, some gardens, a large park, etc. Within the park there is Plaza la España, a large area with fountains and ceramic tiles. The plaza is arranged in a semicircle within a semicircle. There are 4 bridges that connect the two parts. On the outer edge of the larger semicircle are tiled areas each dedicated to one of the provinces of Spain. Each area depicts an important event or attraction within the province.

Fun fact: Star Wars 2: Attack of the Clones was partially filmed here (scenes in Naboo), so I’ll have to go back and look for the plaza.   

At the España Plaza. Notice the ceramic rails behind me.
At the España Plaza. Notice the ceramic rails behind me.

Seville is also known for it’s flamenco shows. I had no idea what flamenco really was, and after seeing a show I can say I thought it was a mix of: guitar plucking (with the fingers), opera (style sounds), clapping, tap dancing, and lots of emotion. You could tell the guitar player was really into the music, either that or it was just really hard (which looked to be true too). I wish it had more dancing and had used a fan and the castanets, but oh well maybe I’ll find something in Barcelona.

Guitar and singing section of Flamenco
Guitar and singing section of Flamenco
With the flamenco dancer
With the flamenco dancer

I continued to indulge in the Spanish culture by eating tapas every day. A tapas portion is usually the perfect size for someone like me who gets full fast. I’m not overeating and I’m not having to deal with leftovers…. Plus if you’re in a group, you can order lots of tapas and try a little bit of everything!

The sunset in Sevilla
The sunset in Sevilla

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