Me Encanta Sevilla
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
14Trip End Dec 21, 2010
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Seville is one of two places that Flamenco is thought to have originated (Cadiz being the other place). Every two years there is a Flamenco festival that lasts for most of the year and is done to keep the pure flamenco tradition alive. Today there are two types of Flamenco: pure (or traditional) and fusion (which is fused with modern day elements like jazz, pop, etc.)
Over these few weeks I have also finally done some of the touristy things that Seville has to offer- the Cathedral and Real Alcazar. The cathedral is beautiful from the outside with such detailed architecture. There is also a courtyard on the inside with a mini orange tree grove. The oranges haven't ripened quite yet, but they will over the next few months, so I want to go back once they are orange. The Cathedral also has Christopher Colombus's tomb! The bell tower, known as La Giralda, is 2/3 Islamic and 1/3 Christian. When you climb up it (via ramps not stairs) you can see all of Sevilla from the Olympic Stadium to the Plaza de Toros to the Plaza de Espana. You can also see how many roof top pools are around haha. The view is beautiful and it makes me love Seville even more.
Right by the cathedral is Real Alcazar- one of the old royal palaces
These two weeks have also been filled with school. Our midterms lasted two weeks which, for me, included a 10 min oral presentation, 2 essays, a 10 min conversation in spanish, 1 quiz, and 3 exams. And in Spain there are very few grades which go to the overall grade, so many of these tests counted for 20-30% of my grade which led to a very stressful few weeks. But it ended soon enough, and it was all made better with a very well timed carepackage sent from home full of halloween candy and socks :) as well as a couple of halloween cards. Thanks for the mail! I love and miss you all!
In my cinema class we have watched quite a few Spanish movies now, two of which I would recommend: 'Mujeres al borde de ataque de nervios' (Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) by Almodovar and 'Abre los ojos' (Open Your Eyes) by Alejandro Amenabar. I have also seen two Spanish movies in theaters (without subtitles)- Lope (about a playwrite during the Golden Age- when Cevantes wrote Don Quijote) and Amador (a strange movie about a caretaker who ends up caring for a dead body).
I am going to end this post here. The next one will be packed with pictures and stories since it includes visits to Osuna and Estepa, as well a trip to Madrid!
Miss you all!