We've had 5 days of lessons. At times I was totally frustrated, but for the most part I feel that I've learned quite a lot and am on my way to actually being able to understand and speak Spanish... pequeno.... poco.... but at least some.
I haven't taken any photos today.... we went to class, came back to the house and had lunch... then I did the traditional Spanish thing... took a siesta.
At 8:00 this evening we are meeting Mitchell and Jerry for dinner. I am still adjusting to coming alive at that hour instead of hitting the sack. I suppose by the time my body is ready to boogie at 8:00 in the evening, it will be time to boogie on back to the States and I'll adjust all over again.
Since I didn't take any photos (yet) today, I'll insert a few that I took earlier this week.....
The streets are lined with orange trees... hundreds and thousands of them. People new to the city look at them and think...
"Wow! Free for the picking!"
Only thing is, the oranges are bitter and not really edible. But the city does pick the oranges and someone (I don't know who) makes them into marmalade. The marmalade is so good that it's famous. In March, these orange trees will be in bloom.
We are lucky that we'll be here through the month of March - we'll be here to experience the wonderful perfume of the blossoms.
Rosa, our host family, says she goes out and collect some of the blossoms early in the morning to bring to the Bed & Breakfast.
The aroma is exquisite!
On a happy note... the garbage strike is over.
Now all that has to happen is that the workers have to collect the 6,000 TONS of garbage that is lining the streets of Sevilla.
I don't know the estimated time, but think we'll still be seeing it around a while longer.
Tomorrow Bill & I will go to the big market. But the other day we went to the Supermercado that used to be the train station.
The lowest level is now a supermarket. The ground level has been converted to shops, and the upper level is now a cinema.
This is the huge window at one end of the building.
I saw several shops that sold quilting supplies....
This beautiful quilt was in one of the windows.
Several blogs I read talk about quilting and other fiber arts. I thought of Rick's wife Paulette when I saw this window. Stunning!
Before we left the building, we went downstairs to the supermercado (supermarket)...
That's Bill, pulling a little grocery cart. We had to be careful how much we bought because we would be carrying our purchases a mile or two back to our house.
Wine is available nearly everywhere. You can buy good quality wine fairly cheap. Bill's checking the label .... sometimes we have a bit of trouble reading things like alcohol content etc.
We found some box wine (easier to carry home) that is quite good.
We left the old train station and walked home.
I know this is kind of a mixed bag of photos, but, heck, it's
Fin de Semana!
Time to kick back and relax a bit.
How's this for a final photo?
That's All For Today!