Day 87: Sevilla

Hello shorts, nice to see you again flip flops! The instant we stepped out the door of the apartment we were greeted with sweet succulent warm air. That, and the lively sound of old spanish ladies chatting animatedly as they did their errands in the morning.  We are staying in a pretty local neighbourhood, with lots of shops and restaurants.

We’re visiting Sevilla because in the last 5 years the cycling rate has risen from almost non-existent to 7%, but there are many other reasons to visit this city.

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We walked through the city on our way to breakfast.   The river is turquoise, there palm trees and beautiful buildings.  For breakfast we feasted – Tostados and yogurt parfaits.

Since the next 2 months will be in Spanish speaking countries (with the exception of Portugal), we are trying very hard to pick up more of the language and wracking our brains for words and phrases we’ve learned on previous vacations.  There have been quite a few people who speak very little English, so we’ve had a good chance to practise.

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We spent the day wandering and appreciating the detail in the buildings. The colourful stucco, decorative gates, and window boxes add to the charm.  The city is well designed to have an abundance of shade, and despite it being very hot in the sun,  it was very comfortable to walk around.

Even the underside of balconies are decorated with tile

Even the underside of balconies are decorated with tile

There are a number of pedestrian streets, with a variety of good public spaces.  For the most part they are the right scale with seating and a mix of uses around.

We visited the Metropol Parasol, which I had been excited to see.  The structure is beautiful, and it’s great in concept, but it fell flat in creating an inviting space by elevating it out of view.

We’re adjusting to the whole siesta thing.  We knew about it, but didn’t know when or how long.  We now know the city shuts down between 2:00 and 5:00.  This means there are four rush hours during the day – and you have wake up twice as often. Maybe in a couple weeks I’ll be on board, but right now I’m not sold.  We spent this time sampling sangria at a shop that was luckily stilll open.

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We managed to shed one North American habit and managed to hold off eating dinner until after dark, like the Spanish seem to do.  We tried out a vegetarian restaurant, where the food was healthy and tasty, but not pretty.

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