Monday, July 3, 2023

¡Bienvenidos de Sevilla!

 Hello from Sevilla! After our bus arrived from Faro we were all quite famished - especially our newly-minted adventure associate. We also couldn't check into our apartment until 15:00 so we had enough time to grab a quick lunch at the bus station. We then summoned an Uber (no UberXL option in Sevilla) and met our driver outside the station. There's not a great place for non-Taxis to pick up their fares so we quickly loaded our bags and the stroller and we were off to find our apartment. The old part of Sevilla is filled with churches, squares, and very narrow meandering streets. I recognized our building from pictures online through an alleyway as we drove by on the main road, but the driver's GPS couldn't quite line us up with how to get there so we ended up walking the last hundred meters or so. We have a very nice two bedroom one bathroom apartment with a kitchen and a little living room. We took a quick siesta and that evening we explored a park and the general neighborhood. We had tapas for dinner which Sarah and I enjoyed....Bunny still needs to improve on her adventure-eating. As CEO I'm encouraging her to make that a 2023 KPI. We did do some exploring of a local parque infantil, but it was so hot out that there were no other children to play with and we could only play for a few minutes before coming back for some water.

Sunday morning, we were a little worried that everything would be closed, but it turns out that most restaurants and cafes were open as well as many of the little shops in the old city. We started our day with a standard fare of coffee, chocolate and churros before venturing out on our first Sevilla adventure.

We did an app-based guided tour that Sarah found which took us to many points of interest around the city.

After a siesta we went out to dinner where Bunny decided she might like Paella, but ended up eating grilled chicken. After dinner we went on a paseo in a horse-drawn carriage to see the sights. Our caballo was named Romero. Bunny was very surprised that a carriage with only 1 horsepower could go so fast since there were some parts where we were traveling on regular roads with cars.

This morning I woke up early to go for a run and then we went to the same cafe that we went to yesterday for churros, chocolate and coffee. We then caught the city bus to the Mercado de Triana. When we arrived, many of the stalls were still closed or just getting opened up for the day but we got a lot of little things including some wild boar salami, a cono of jamon iberico, a variety of olives for Sarah, some sliced dragonfruit, some queso sevilla 1972 and a few other things to keep in our kitchen for future meals. At a few of the fruit and vegetable stalls there were some tomatoes that were bigger than anything we've ever seen. After a brief discussion with one of the vendors, we determined that those tomatoes are "Miracles from Sevilla." We'll take their word for it ;-) We finished off our trip to the mercado with some coffee for Sarah and I and a jamaica for the associate.

We then hopped on a different bus back to our apartment and had a small lunch before we take our requisite afternoon siesta. Bunny is very excited to go to the Flamenco museum later today, although she was somewhat disappointed to learn that there's no flamingos dancing. More to come later in the week on that!

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