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Archive for October, 2012

Seville’s Noche en Blanco – a night of music, art and history

Monday, October 29th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8586" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Roman castellum aguae - water tank - in Plaza de la Pescaderia, Seville."][/caption] With so many activities to choose from on La Noche en Blanco here in Sevilla, it was hard to know which to pick. As I was meeting a friend who lives nearby, we decided ...

Busy autumn in Sevilla

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Life in Seville - cultural life, that is - has definite seasons: January and February are both cold and dull, lit up only by Carnaval and the Dia de Andalucia puente (bank holiday). Then comes the holy trinity of Semana Santa, Feria and El Rocio, followed by months of school ...

La Noche en Blanco – late-night culture-fest in Sevilla

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This Friday night, 26 October, Seville is holding a "Noche en Blanco", a night-time cultural festival. It's a full evening programme of events being held throughout the city, embracing all disciplines: literature, music, art, sculpture, at over 30 locations. Just to the north of the Setas, otherwise known as Metropol Parasol, is a group ...

Romería de Torrijos

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8396" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The essential accessory for any Spanish fiesta: a bottle of cerveza."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8398" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A piper with drum at the romeria."][/caption] Here are some photos of the Romería de Torrijos, which took place last Sunday. It's the fourth-largest in Andalucia, and takes place at a Hacienda, which ...

The power of giving

Monday, October 15th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8363" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Operacion Kilo aims to collect 4.5 million kilos of food this year in Seville."][/caption] From time to time, I used to notice collections of food at the entrance to my local Carrefour supermarket. They would collect kilo bags of sugar, rice, lentils or other basic foodstuffs, to ...

12 October bank holiday: where are you going?

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8325" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Playa de Carbon in Almeria."][/caption] To the beach? [caption id="attachment_8319" align="aligncenter" width="463" caption="A town in the Sierra de Cadiz."][/caption] To the mountains? [caption id="attachment_8320" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Alhambra in Granada."][/caption] Or to a city? Whatever you do, wherever you go, have a great long weekend!

Autumn in Andalucia

Monday, October 8th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8272" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Picking olives is a traditional seasonal job in Andalucia."][/caption] The season is a-changing here in Andalucia: it's getting dark earlier, and the nights and early mornings are chilly now, though the days - the last few, at least - have been scorchingly hot 35; degrees or so. In ...

The brighter side of life in Spain

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

It's unlikely to have escaped your notice that Spain hasn't been getting the most positive coverage in the international press recently. Many newspapers and other media outlets in the UK, the USA and elsewhere have been focussing, understandably, on the economic challenges faced by President Rajoy's government, and the effects of ...

Semana de la Arquitectura in Seville: Torre del Oro

Monday, October 1st, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8110" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The Torre del Oro, one of the symbols of Seville - it was built by the Almohads in 1220."][/caption] Today is the first day of La Semana de la Arquitectura in Seville, an annual event which sees members of the public given tours of buildings around the ...