Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The aquaducts! So impressive how many years this has stood standing.
This is where I spent my Dia de San Valentino. Not bad. The day was absolutely GORGEOUS. No jackets needed...the weather was perfect. Several of us spent the entire day in the Parque de Buen Retiro (with about a million other Spaniards!) We sat in the sun eating lunch, tossing around a frisbee, walking through the markets looking at old books, eating Napolitanas (chocolate filled pastries), listening to street performers, people (and dog) watching, and my favorite part- boating in the pond. I saw way too much kissing...but beyond that the day just couldn't have been any better.
How will I ever get any studying done?!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Ok! Life in Sevilla really begins at night. It is also famous for its flamenco! One night we found our way through a bunch of winding streets to this tavern with a huge red wooden door. It was totally an old-school tavern with a wood burning fireplace and a bunch of old people hangin out at the bar. In the back we entered into a new part that is a lot more popular with the youth. Here we sat and watched flamenco. I LOVED the singers voice. The show was very low-key and impromptu...but very authentic. The next night we decided to find more of a real flamenco "show." We had gotten a suggestion for this one place so we grabbed some tickets and needless to say it was worth EVERY PENNY. First of all it took place in this small outdoor courtyard with vines running down the walls and birds flying around. There were lanterns with candles and flowers everywhere! It was a much more intimate setting...the audience sat on three sides of the stage. There was a singer and guitarist who played for both a man and woman dancer. Their facial expressions and the control of their footwork were just incredible! Unfortunately we couldn't take videos...but I grabbed a few pictures!