Europe | Spain | Andalucia | Sevilla – Sevilla, Spain
I am going to try to do a better job of keeping this travelogue updated. Unfortunately, I havent been able to find an internet cafe that allows me to download pics.
I adore Sevilla, this town is lively, beautiful, hotter than heck, and tons of fun. Unlike Central America which does not have an afternoon siesta, southern Spain holds strong to the siesta schedule. What exactly does this mean? Everything (including large department stores) closes from around 1:30 to 5:30 pm, then re-opens from 6-9 pm. Other than a few cafes in the morning, the city doesnt open until after 10 or 11 am. Frankly, I have no idea how anyone gets anything done here. Which is to say, the culture is seemingly in no immediate hurry. Consequently, this town is filled with night owls and doesnt really start hopping until well after midnight. Dinner is eaten starting around 9 pm and the streets are filled with old and young alike. Flamenco shows start as ‘early’ as 9 pm with the most famous show starting at midnight. We are getting accustomed to being out past 1 am and enjoying an afternoon siesta while things are closed (there is nothing to do anyway).
The people are very well dressed here and I love to people watch. In particular, ‘my little old ladies’ as we call them are groups of well-to-do older women dressed in lovely silk dresses with flowing skirts, complete with colorful open-toed heels, freshly done hair, make up and dazzling jewelry, and finished off with matching fans.
We have visited the cathredal (the largest gothic cathedral in the world which houses the remains of Christopher Columbus) and the royal palace, the Alcazar. Tonight we will watch a bullfight. Ole!