to Exploreseville.com, where you can
find helpful information for the visitor, student or expat.
I highly recommend you read the site
guide to locate whatever you're looking for. If you're
looking for pictures but don't have time for all the photo
albums, you can take a quick
photo tour of Seville. Keeping you informed means
more insightful and original content - every day!
There's always something new so keep an eye on the New
and Updated panel just below the photo. This
week it's sections on movies and
the local weather. To keep
you informed about what's going on in Sevilla check out
the Latest News and Events
sections to the left for more daily updates.
goal is to give you an insider's view of Seville with
(almost) everything you need to know for your stay, whether
you plan to visit, study or live in the city. In the case
that you can't find certain topics I hope you'll discover
information on Seville through my links
page or in some of the travel
forums. Locating what you need or preparing for your
journey can be a lot of work and I give you my promise
to answer every
email I receive in English or Spanish should you have
a question. Hope you enjoy the site...
holidays have arrived in Seville and the Christmas lights
are going up around town. Soon almost every store will
have a belén in their display window. The rainy
season is still upon us as we're near the end of November.
La Liga, Spain's first division soccer league,
is in the home stretch for the primera vuelta with
Betis and Sevilla F.C. side by side in la tabla.
La marcha returns to
the warm confines of the center as bars and pubs are gearing
up for the fall and winter business.
I love Seville. I always called it Sevilla until I started
this page, so forgive me if I go back and forth with the
spelling. After visiting several times and telling everyone
I know for 10 years I wanted to live in Sevilla I finally
decided to do it. I sold most everything I had, packed up
what I could and came here with all my savings. If you want
to see what everyday life is like in the city (or at least
my everyday life), check out the daily
entries section below.
to research Seville tourism and travel information on the
web. I found some good sites but none that mentioned the
bars and restaurants I frequented
nor the hotels and hostals where most people I know stay.
And while these pages offered tourist information about
attractions, sites and culture in Seville (certainly helpful)
they often didn't offer travel advice or insight into how
things really work or the cultural differences you should
is where I think you'll find my site helpful. Along with
some basic travel information
and recommendations I've tried my best to offer advice about
the differences in daily life
you'll encounter and the obstacles or issues you may face
during your stay in Seville. I hope this helps you spend
your time discovering what Seville has to offer and worrying
less about making all the little decisions. I hope you'll
have a great vacation, study experience or extended stay.
OF THE WEEK
modes of transportation are used in Sevilla. As for
this it could be a car, but it looks like a modified
ATV to me. Just another one of the strange things you
see in Sevilla everyday.
weird stuff from Sevilla
money to mobile
to the sites, or technology
and the internet, you can
read a little about it all on my page, Exploreseville.com
find some useful information
about Seville. Some of my general
observations have been put together to help you
understand some of the quirks and differences of life
here. Some conversion
information on the Euro (€), kilos, commas and
decimals should come in handy as well.
also included sections on transportation,
shopping and nightlife
(la marcha), as well as where to buy food
when you're sick of eating out.
know I can't cover it all when it comes to Seville,
and with this collection of recommended
books and some helpful links
I hope to assist those of you looking for more information
on some specific topics.
if you want to get out of town check out my section
on side trips to steer
you in the right direction.
frequent many bars and restaurants in Sevilla, hoping
to discover a few surprises hidden in the back alleys.
There are a few I've listed
that you'll find in guidebooks - they are quite good
after all - but many you won't. Some notes on the list:
are places where actual Spaniards eat, so don't expect
a lot of English when you go.
for a few marked with "$$" these are affordable.
I don't make any money with this page, so my dining
out is generally on a realistic budget, not a Fodor's
dish listed is a recommendation and I've tried every
one of them. I don't weigh 300 lbs. yet but I'm working
not taking any advertising money so these are all
fairly impartial unless you consider my personal tastes.
you will find several reviews of restaurants and tapas
bars in Seville. This list will continue to grow
as my stomach does.
LIFE HERE (some daily entries)
Fire!; Manolo comes and goes; Sunday in La Huerta; A possible
an interesting and generally pretty active weekend. We watched
Betis tie Deportivo even though they really won. A dangerous
play, as it was called by the arbitro or referee,
took the only goal away from Betis. One thing you can say
about life is that it's not fair. One thing you can say
about fútbol is that it's never fair. But
the arbitro was awful and the filed conditions
were worse after a few days of rain. We had a 15 minute
period during the first half where the rain was unbearable
and we had to wedge ourselves in under the covered part
of the stadium. Our seats are right below a gutter which
drains the rainwater in the section above us - a master
engineer was on the job when they decided this - about every
10 seats on our row all around the stadium have this problem.
So aside from the pouring rain you get a small waterfall
on top of you as well.
a house/empty lot down the street from us caught on fire.
When they renovate a building in Sevilla they tend to tear
down the entire thing minus the front. What you get is an
empty lot between two buildings although from the front
it looks as if the building is still there. These are attractive
areas to people who live in the street, and one fellow decided
to make a little fire to keep himself warm. That little
fire turned out to be a big fire which or course made the
neighbors very nervous. The firemen were there in no time
to get things back to normal.
is a friend of my sister's and is quite a character. A bearded,
chain-smoking photographer from Sevilla, Manolo now lives
in Chihuahua, Mexico. He's doing freelance photography with
a really nice digital camera while he lives with his girlfriend
and her children. Every 3 months or so he comes back to
visit and tell us some interesting stories about life in
the Americas. He's been to the U.S. more times than I have
in the last 6 months, and his descriptions of border crossings
are always fun to hear. We spent an evening between our
apartment and the Alfalfa listening to some wild tales and
some doing some general catching up. Afterwards he headed
home and we continued on to La Extrameña for
a lot of grilled meat. Chorizo al infierno, then
pinchitos, then a huge serving of presa iberica.
All was good but we admitted we ordered too much. Final
bill between four people was 45€.
Sunday with a Stuart, a visiting professor with an abroad
program, his wife and his little girl who kept us all entertained.
After a long lunch in La Huerta we visited our
apartment and then had a cafe in the San Buenaventura close
to home. The rest of the day was spent doing a lot of nothing.
learn this weekend that there is an apartment in our building
for rent that seems to good to be true. Six windows on three
different patios, a bigger kitchen with a real fridge, two
bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a large
living room. 110 square meters, marble floors, a fireplace
and the same location in a building we love and I am just
getting more and more nervous thinking about it. Rent is
very reasonable as well at 540€. We'd of course prefer
to pay less but for what we'd get and to not have to leave
our old neighborhood, well, it's just too good to pass up
if we can get it. We are trying to track down the
owner as I write this, so maybe I should stop writing. But
to give you an idea of the freakish nature of renting versus
buying in Sevilla how about some prices. The owner wants
to sell or rent it from what we understand. So 540€
to rent it, or about 385,000€ to sell it. You can
do the math, but there's no way the mortgage payment would
even be close to the rent. There's no way I'd ever pay that
for this place although someone may. Either way you can
see it's a renter's market - much cheaper than buying at