Last November me and my dear Stevie went to Sevilla for a weekend. For me it was a really special trip. Let me explain: three years ago I spent a year in Holland, studying Indo-European Linguistics at the Leiden University. That year I met a lot of people. It wasn’t an easy year, but the memories that remain are just awesome and always make me smile. I’m still in touch with most of that people, and from time to time we have the chance to visit each other. I went to Sevilla to visit a dear friend from that time: Ana. And for me, going there with a friend from New Zealand was pretty special. It meant knowing again that no matter what happens with my life, good friends are always there: the old ones, the ones that I meet travelling and the ones that I met travelling and are still there. Ana, Stevie: I love you guys.

So, after this cheesy introduction let me get to the point. I had never been to Sevilla before. And God, it’s AWESOME! The weather that November weekend was shit, and I didn’t feel really well, but thanks to the company and the amazing city, that weekend was incredible.

Sevilla is the capital of Andalucía and, unexpectedly, from the very first minute I learned that tapas are not free there. apparently that only happens in Granada. Nevertheless, Sevilla’s cuisine is superb. We had unbelievable tapas everywhere we went. Their cooking tradition is like their architecture, like their city: a mixture of the roman, arabic, and christian cultures. Different flavours are put together in this city to give it something special, something indescribable, something that made me consider how easily I could live there.

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Foggy and empty city center of Sevilla

Thanks to Ana, best touristic guide ever although she only lived there for a couple of weeks when we got there, we saw the most typical spots and also the less typical but also impressive ones.

If you ever go to Sevilla, you obviously have to visit the Cathedral. The biggest Gothic Cathedral and third biggest church in the world. Pretty impressive, huh? You can’t imagine how beautiful it is in the inside. I couldn’t believe it. I think from now on is my favourite Cathedral in the world. And hey, I’ve seen LOTS. The details in every corner had us there for more than 2 hours. I also spend half of that time catching up with Ana. Best place to catch up ever!

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Me with Latin inscriptions. YAY! 🙂
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ceiling detail of the Cathedral.

The bell tower is the famous Giralda, a former arabic minaret reconverted into a christian bell tower for the church. Impressively beautiful.

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La Giralda

However, as it usually happens to me in most cities, what really gets me is not just the environment but the people. And Sevillanos are as friendly as I expected. Maybe it was because they were Ana’s friends, maybe because I really missed my country during a whole year. I don’t know, but I felt really welcomed in that city. Definitely, the andalucian character is way different from the catalan one. they are way more open and friendly from the first minute. For us, Catalans, it takes ages to consider someone a friend or to start a conversation. Each of us has its good and its bad things. For a while, though, I loved being surround by Andalucians.

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After work beers in a random square.

I wanted to post about nice bars to go or some awesome places to visit but hey, just go there. You’ll find your way. Sevilla is a really friendly city and its people are willing to help.

All in all is as the famous song says: Sevilla has a special colour. Thanks Ana, Lidia, Guiri and Stevie!