Flamenco and Friends

Trip Start Apr 25, 2007
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Trip End Oct 03, 2007


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Friday, May 25, 2007

Sevilla is a city of parks, sparkling copper and ceramic tiles, flamenco, jacaranda trees, and oranges. For us, however, it is a city of tapas! So much to eat, and so little time: Albondigas, Pimientas de Padron, Espinacas con Garbanzos, Pinchos Moranos, Datillas con Bacon, Jamon, Gambas, Tortilla Espanola, Mojama, Bocarones, Habas con Jamon, Chiparones en su Tinta.......all washed down with a canya or two or three. Much of our time in Sevilla this trip was spent not in the cathedral or the Alcazar, but in bars, sampling new tapas and enjoying our old favorites. This is the advantage of knowing a city already: you can skip the things you know you should be seeing, and instead talk about them over food and drink.
Our friend Melinda, always so welcoming and generous with her apartment, has been living in Sevilla for three years. She is a flamenco dancer, and one night the three of us went to a flamenco show in an old, ornately decorated theatre. It was an odd mixture of traditional and new, flamenco and piano, but some of the pieces were lovely. I was also able to watch Melinda take an advanced flamenco class, but unfortunately she was not performing anywhere this time around. When we were in Sevilla two years ago we were able to watch her perform in a bar run by a Japanese flamenco dancer, and it was such a treat.
After five days of lounging and eating in Sevilla, catching up with Melinda on her life and her new love, Chiqui, we said our goodbyes and loaded our suitcases onto a train bound for another tapas haven, Granada........
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