Sevilla de mi corazón (Part III)

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After a crazy night, on Saturday we spent all morning in bed, but it was nice because then Marina and one of her brothers, Mario, prepared a delicious lunch: Salmorejo (like Gaspacho but a bit different) and Pollo con Salsa de tomate. For desert,” Pastéis de Nata” that I had gave them (a traditional small cake from Portugal).

In the afternoon Marina took me to Jardines de Murillo, beautiful gardens near the prado area. The next step was Barrio de Santa Cruz. Barrio de Santa Cruz is a lovely neighborhood in the city center. The streets have no cars and they are there is almost no space between buildings in each side of the street. Once you get into the neighborhood is impossible to not get lost, but the feeling is amazing. We tried to go to Alcazar, but it was closed, so we went to Parque Maria Luisa. It is a wonderful park, and it is so big that we easily can forget that we are in the middle of the city. It has fountains for lovers and playgrounds for kids. The garden is right in front of the Plaza de Espanã. I really loved that place, the Plaza is huge and it has an old vibe to it. In there you can find chairs with every town in Spain so people can take pictures “in that” cities.

But I still had big event to attend. I still had to go to Festival de las Naciones! This festival is a place where we can find a representation of different countries, which country had a “tend” that could be used in different ways: as stores with clothes or bars and restaurants with typical food. Of course than Marina and I went to the French tend to eat a delicious “Crêpe au chocolat”.

After this amazing day we decided to stay at home in the night. Marina decided that I should see the movie “L’auberge espagnole”. It was great movie. I strongly recommend everyone to see it, especially young people that like to travel and hope to live in another country for some time in their lives.

My time in Sevilla had come to an end. I really have to thanks Marina’s family for everything, especially her brother, Mario, for the lunch and the good mood. And, of course, I have to thanks Marina, I love her as my sister and I know that this was not a goodbye, but a “See you later! In Lisbon next time!”.

Sevilla de mi corazón (Part II)

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After a very exhausting day visiting the city, the night had to be as awesome, and it was! Marina had arranged a dinner at Levies, another Tapas’ place, with her friends. It was very funny because I already knew two of them from an International Conference of AIESEC! How small is the world? I had the Spanish tortilla for dinner and it was sooooo delicious! Then, Marina, Carlos, Grego and I went to a traditional place in Sevilla called La Carboneria. I don’t really know how to describe the Place… We hear traditional songs from Sevilla, Carlos played the piano and Grego gave me a bit of his wine that had a strange name and a stranger taste. I was sad because no one was dancing Sevilhana (the traditional dance) but by the end of the night Marina and Carlos did little show for me in the street! But at this point the night was just beginning….

How was sevilla night life? One word: Alfafa! Alfafa is a street full of bars and pubs for young people. People in Sevilla can’t drink in the street (which is strange to me because in the area of Pubs in Lisbon everyone is drinking in the streets) so the pubs were full of people. We finally found one with empty chairs so we decided that it was a good place to get some drinks. It was the Erasmus bar, but I think I was the only person from outside Spain and I was not even there in Erasmus! Nevertheless we had a great time. I don’t really like shots (short drinks) but it was traditional there, so how could I refuse? Then we all asked for a long drink and I asked for Vodka with Coca-cola which is a normal request in Portugal, but they all found it very strange and the lady in the bar was very shocked how I could drink that strange thing. They would drink vodka with orange juice or rum and cola, but never vodka-cola! Then we went to the Pub Cabo Loco and by the end of the night we decided to go dancing to another bar.

Main point of Sevilla night life: don’t try to leave the bar with your drink, police don’t let you drink in the street and Vodka-cola is not a reasonable request! Late at night we returned to Prado and in our way there Marina and Carlos danced Sevillana music so I could see it.

But I still had two more days to enjoy Sevilla…

To be continued

Sevilla de mi corazón (part I)

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Why Sevilla? Because of Marina! Marina is the Spanish girl I met in my internship in Timisoara, Romania. We became very good friends so I promised her that I would visit her in Sevilla in October.
I can’t imagine how Sevilla is without Marina, but Sevilla with Marina is great! I arrived on Thursday, at night, and now, on Sunday, I’m in the bus going home. I have to tell you about the great places I have visited.
As soon as I arrived to Estación del Prado, Marina took me to a restaurant in Puerta Jerez to have dinner with her best friends Ana and Elena. Of course we had tapas! It was nice to be able to understand Spanish, although I would always speak in English. After dinner we decided to go to a pub so we cross Puente de San Telmo and we end up in Calle Betis (“calle” means street) in a pub called Alambique. We had sangria (a typical drink) and Elena’s boyfriend, Alberto, joined us. The fact that her boyfriend was with us turned out to be funny because a girl came to our table and said to Elena “One of my friends (a random guy) wants to meet you”, “Oh, I’m sorry but I’m here with my boyfriend”. Her boyfriend immediately said “Oh, who is the guy? I want to meet him” with a very manly attitude. It looked like a scene out of a movie!
On Friday I decided to send a postcard to my parents, although I will arrive home before the postcard, so we went to Avenida de la Constitución. Of course Marina showed me the Catedral de Sevilla and la Giralda, a huge tower from where I could see the city. The cathedral is huge; it is very high and makes us feel really small. The view from Giralda was amazing, the houses in the center of Sevilla are small (3 floors) and white so it has a nice visual effect from above. We had lunch in an Italian restaurant (I know it makes no sense!) called Pomodoro with Tomás, a friend of Marina. He had spent the last year in Germany so he also had interesting stories about his experience abroad. In the afternoon the three of us went to Plaza Nueva and Plaza San Francisco. They also showed me Calla Sierpes and Las Setas. Las Setas is a very big structure from where we can see the all city, but it is not as high as La Giralda so it gives you a different perspective of the buildings. I asked them what was the point of building that structure besides the city view but they didn’t know any other use for it.
Marina got the news that she had been accepted in a new work place so she was excited about me being there and the fact that she just got a job. Celebration was a demand! An amazing night was planned for us…
To be continued