to Exploreseville, 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 illuminating the streets. Not seeing a belén,
or nativity scene, while walking through the center is
almost impossible. We just finished celebrating the Día
de la Inmaculada Concepción, where the university
groups, or las tunas serenade la Purisima,
a statue of the virgin next to the cathedral. Every day
the streets are more and more crowded as people shop for
Reyes. La Liga, Spain's first division soccer
league, is in the home stretch for the primera vuelta
with Sevilla F.C. edging ahead of Betis in la
tabla. La marcha
returns to the warm confines of the center as the
action heats up in the bars and pubs.
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.
Cathedral from the Patio de Banderas
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
you've been to Sevilla over the last four years and
thought you saw the Giraldillo (the weather vane woman
standing atop the Giralda) you're likely wrong: that
was a copy! After 600,000€ and four years El Giraldillo
has finally been restored and is ready to perch above
the Giralda again, with the Archbishop's blessing of
a little of the mystery of Sevilla's most famous "woman"
and see the process of restoration as it was documented
along the way. The exhibit is in the Reales Atarazanas,
located next to the Hospital de La Caridad near the
river. I liked this more than I thought - great place
to see it, too. The exhibit ends on December 21st.
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. I've also recently added
international and vegetarian
options. Some notes on the list of places to eat:
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)
new client; Family in town; Christmas lights; Discovering
some new places; Umbrete "
from this page with which I spend half my life I do have
another job developing and marketing web pages. They look
much better than this one...really, they do! It helps that
I work with someone who can design nicer pages, too. We
have a few clients but picked up another e-commerce client
which will be nice for a change. There's a real market for
what they sell and a good chance for improving sales and
continued success. The money we received to start the project
is also good. Work begins later tonight, even though it's
a long weekend.
been busy with leisure activities as my mom is in town.
She's been here at least 10 times, so things are pretty
easy and much of what we're doing is just walking around
and stopping for a tapa or beer every now and then. We've
had to accelerate the Christmas shopping a bit so we can
send some gifts home with her, too.
of Christmas last night they turned the lights on throughout
the center. With the cold and a little bit of rain it's
the holiday season is truly upon us. They're slowly changing
the lights to newer ones in the Sevilla, though it will
be some years until they've upgraded them all. So in some
places you'll see a style of lights reminiscent of the 70's
and 80's, while others are much nicer. Just about every
street from the Alfalfa down to Plaza Nueva, San Eloy and
Plaza del Duque have lights of some kind. Add to that the
guys roasting chestnuts and the market for the nativity
scenes and you have Christmas in Sevilla.
I spent the morning working, then a meeting in Nervión and
a long walk back through the rain. After lunch we did a
little shopping, trying to find a coat suitable for more
formal occasions. In general upgrading my American coat
to a Spanish one acceptable for going out to some nicer
places every once in a while. While I didn't manage to buy
a coat we did find a jamónero for about 7€,
so we will buy our a jamón - the inexpensive
kind - for the holidays and eat well for 10-15 days. Last
night we also semi-discovered a new place on Calle San Esteban.
I had been there for a coffee and a very informal meeting
this past week but had never tried the food. Looking for
a place close to home we wandered in for dinner and everyone
ended up loving the place. Recently renovated, there's plenty
of light, wood and some interesting yellow walls. We ordered
calabacin fried with ham and cheese - it was amazing.
Then rollitos de solomillo con bacon, which was
even better. The food is amazing here, and we're glad to
have discovered a new place which I'll add to my list of
restaurants just as soon as I can confirm the name (I'll
also update the entry here once I do). On our way home we
saw our friend who works in El Rinconcillo who has offered
to show us how to properly cut jamón, and
art form which requires skill and practice. He also recommended
a good place to buy a paleta for cheap. We dropped
off our stuff and headed out for one last beer at a new
place on Calle Gerona. We thought it was a bar, but turns
out it's an asociación cultural for young
artists. They also allow young DJ's and musicians in for
nights of electronica, something I am not too fond of. The
place is brightly lit, a contrast from most bars open later.
Upstairs is very cool - 4 rooms which have been turned into
a gallery displaying different artists from Sevilla. Nice
works and a different atmosphere from your normal bar
de copas. I will also be adding the name here once
I have noted - but if you know where El Rinconcillo is then
just head down Calle Gerona and it's on your right about
50 yards away.
we head to Umbrete for lunch in the pueblo (and in the rain).
We're celebrating Granada's mother's birthday and most of
the family - ours and hers - will be out for what promises
to be a very large and long lunch. Afterwards we'll head
back and order the Betis match on pay-per-view and will
likely call it a night. We'll get rest for tomorrow night
and what should be a lot of festivities in the street with
the tunos playing guitar and singing throughout
the center (check out my Events and Festivals listing above).