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Sevilla! (yeah I'm a bit late on this, sorry)
Girl Genius, Oggie, Jenka, Studio Foglio, Jagermonster
 So I know I haven’t updated in a while (almost a month). Busy with traveling and schoolwork, and also…well, I didn’t feel like it. But am updating now! So two trips to talk about this time: Sevilla, and Las Fallas. Sevilla entry now, Las Fallas in the next.

A few weekends ago I went to Sevilla, and had a great time. It rained pretty much the whole time I was there, and my hostel had ambulances going past it every 20 minutes it seemed, but it was a nice place. The first night I got there, it was late, so I checked in and had virgin strawberry mojitos on the rooftop terrace with other people at the hostel for a few hours. Talked to some people from Argentina, Belgium, the US, and Australia, and it was nice interacting socially with non-geeks.

The next day I toured the city. I went to the Alcazar, which is lovely and has wonderful gardens. In one that was full of orange trees, there were also several ducks. They were brazen, very tame, and I discovered that, like my dog at home, ducks love clementines. It was cute – they fought over the pieces I tossed to them. I wish I’d brought more. I went to the cathedral and climbed the belltower, and was up at the top right as the bells chimed the hour (very very loud) and the view was awesome. Took tons of photos, as usual. I wandered around, got lost a few times, had cheese and nonalcoholic beer at a very nice tapas place, and then returned to my hostel for a siesta.

After the siesta, I went to a flamenco show at Los Gallos, as recommended by Rick Steve. 27 euros for a two-hour show that was amazing! I had a great time, and it made me want to learn flamenco (except for the fact that I have no sense of rhythm whatsoever). The music and the dancers were amazing and I was just mesmerized by their artistry. I took my new fans to the show (a black floral one and a red one with a bull on it) and sat next to a nice couple from the UK. And after the show, I went and got fried cuttlefish from a seafood-by-the-pound place and took it back to the hostel to eat.

The next day I wandered around the shopping areas – Calle Tetuan, Calle Sierpes, and did some shopping. I looked at lacy shawls (all really expensive), got two new books (in English), and outside the Corte Ingles, at a bazaar, I got a new purse and a shawl (not as lacy or fancy as the expensive ones, but cute and pretty). Also, the Discworld books are really popular here – and they transliterate the Igors’ lisping as “zzzz”-ing instead, which was a neat way to still accentuate the linguistic differences. I still might get a Spanish edition of a Discworld book…but they’re e10 and I don’t like to buy books I already have back at home (and I have all the Discworld books save The Las Hero and the first three Tiffany Aching ones).

The story with one of the books is interesting. A friend of mine back in the US had Patrick Rothfuss as her creative writing professor, and she recommended his book, The Name of the Wind, to me. Given that this is the same author who wrote the cover quote for the Girl Genius novel, and later made a cameo in the comic, and given how other GG fans were lauding his work, I said I would read it back in the US, since I doubted I’d find a copy over here. How wrong I was! Looking in a bookshop for English-language books, what did I find? So I figured that it was one of those “God things” and got it. Turns out it’s really popular in Spain – I keep finding Spanish-language versions of it in bookshops, too, and it’s on the bestseller list. I casually mentioned to the check-out clerk that the author of the book was a professor of a friend of mine, and she went all fangirly, saying how awesome the book was, so that was neat. And I’ve read the author’s blog – he seems like a really nice guy. I’m reading it as soon as I finish Don Quixote (which I really need to get read).

So after shopping and wandering around, I got lunch at Burger King (which is a lot more expensive here than in the States, but it was still cheaper than Starbucks and the restaurants in the area were all full because it was the lunch hour), and then I got a bus to the Museo de Las Bellas Artes. I had a good time there, too – it’s a former monastery full of works by southern artists, and some very nice religious paintings. I passed the afternoon there before returning to the bus station and trying to get homework done before the bus left in the evening (the station was really noisy). On the way back, I was sleeping in the back of the bus with some other girls from my group when we stopped, and it was a checkpoint. A man came on with a flashlight, asking people questions. When he got to us, he heard my sleepy “wha’s going on?” in English, asked the three of us “Inglesas?” and when we nodded, turned around and questioned the other side of the bus. Still no idea what that was about, but he was asking people where they were from/heading to, etc. Strange.

All in all, had a great time (only one panic attack!) And it is a beautiful city. I definitely want to go again.

Las Fallas entry to come! 21 days till I see Mom, 38 days till I get back to the US! And this weekend, I go to Gibraltar! W00t!

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The rain and ducks do seem to follow you, no? It sounds like you're having a wonderful time. Your book was a great find!

Edited at 2011-03-29 01:54 pm (UTC)

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