Welcome to Seville, Spain. The capital of Andalusia, Seville represents all that southern Spain is known for, with its signature mix of Moorish and Roman influences, manifesting in the architecture, art, traditions and, of course, Flamenco.
Every Madrileño, or person from Madrid, who I had asked told me if I had truly wanted to get a feeling for Spain, I needed to see Seville. Home to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the intricate palace of the Reales Alcázares, numerous charming Flamenco barrios, its extravagant, city-wide Roman Catholic celebrations, the sweet perfume of orange blossoms on every corner, and more, Seville attracts tourists worldwide.
As a student studying abroad in Madrid for a semester, the tourist attractions certainly held appeal, but observing the way locals interacted and spent their days was equally, if not more, of interest to me. This is the Spain I read about in the classic Spanish novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha," or something closer to the idyllic southern countryside than Madrid, anyway.
Life moves a little slower in Seville. People are always outside enjoying each other’s company in the temperate weather, unless of course it’s siesta time. Family is immensely important. Food is not just fuel; it is an art and should be enjoyed that way. The city of Seville is full of incredible sights and experiences and, from a weekend trip, it seems to me that a life led there is just as wonderful.
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