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Reflections on Seville

November 24, 2010

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Sitting on the train heading to Madrid, I’m filled with a mixture of sadness, satisfaction and anticipation.  Sadness for leaving a place we’ve called home for the last 2 months.  I was thinking about the day we arrived – our first walk around the neighborhood marveling at the narrow streets with non-existent sidewalks and the […]

A Day Trip to Cadiz

November 24, 2010

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On a bright and sunny Saturday we took a day trip to Cadiz. Cadiz is a beautiful city on the coast of Spain and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly of all southwestern Europe.  Before we left, we mapped out the activities we wanted to do since we had a short […]

Voy a Compras – I’m Going Shopping

November 10, 2010

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m in school for 4 hours a day instead of 6 and that has given me time to do other things.  Bill goes shopping every day for food, wine, etc…but the shopping I’m interested in is for clothes and shoes.  Readers who know me well– especially those who […]

A Visit to the Alhambra

November 7, 2010

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We took a day trip with a tour group to the city of Granada a few Sundays ago.  It’s a long way to go for a day trip – 3 hours up and back – but it was definitely worth it.  The Alhambra and Generalife gardens are by far the most remarkable place we’ve visited […]

La, Me, De, En, A – My Trials of Learning Spanish

November 5, 2010

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Tengo empatía para las personas que estudian inglés.  ¡Es muy difícil aprender un idioma nuevo!  Mi problema mas grande es usar correctamente las preposiciones, los pronombres de objetos indirectos y objetos directos en las frases.  En español cada nombre es femenino o masculino – en ingles no existe.  No siempre me recuerdo a usar la correcta forma.  Tengo un otro problema: la estructura correcta de la frase.  ¿Donde debo poner el directo o el indirecto pronombre en la frase – antes o después del verbo?  Por ejemplo: Ingles:  I […]

Tears of Wonder; Tears of Happiness at the Basilica of The Macarena

November 1, 2010

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There are many old churches in Seville as well as the beautiful Catedral that Bill wrote about.  The one church that made an impression on me is the Basílica de La Macarena.  La Macarena is Seville’s most revered image and is the patron of gypsies and the protector of the matador.  I’m not sure you can tell from […]

The Neighborhood Plaza/La Plaza de Nuestro Barrio

October 23, 2010

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One of the places I like in our neighborhood is the Plaza de Alfalfa. This is a real neighborhood place with a small area where children can play.  Starting at around 7pm, especially on the weekends there is always a large gathering of mothers, fathers and their children.  Parents eat, drink and enjoy talking with one […]