Simple pleasures - night shot seville fountain
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Simple pleasures - night shot seville fountain
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Love this night shot of the fountain by the center. Simple pleasures :-)

Update: This post was about our first visit to Seville. Most people know that we loved it so much that we broke our lease in Malaga and moved to Seville where we stayed for two years. We have many posts on Seville so just do a search. Posts include cost of living , annual foodfestival, etc.. We are now living in Valencia permanently.

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Simple Pleasures in Seville:

As l grow older, l realize l don’t need a lot of excitement in my life. I enjoy the simple pleasures. The past year and a half has shown me what makes me the happiest. What makes me happy is getting plenty of rest, spending time with my husband and dogs. It’s also being closer to my family. A 6-7 hour plane ride instead of 15, not to mention that it’s cheaper flying out from Europe. Travel, sight seeing, spending time with friends, developing new hobbies like learning a new language, or choosing to do nothing if l please.

The days of dread are long behind me. I used to work every third weekend at my old job. That consisted of a 7-5 shift on the Friday, a 7-7 shift on the Saturdays and Sundays, and a 7-2 shift on Monday before getting a couple days off which l was always too exhausted to enjoy. If you are keeping count, you will notice that 41 hours of work is crammed into those days. The worst part of it is that there are no lunch breaks.

I’ve gone days where getting a few minutes to use the restroom was a luxury. All those hours were also spent on my feet… :-( .  My mind was constantly on, even on my days off, work was always at the back of my mind. Did l remember to caution against driving? Did l get that authorization? Did l ask what other medications they were taking, did l calculate the right dose for that kid?.. etc.

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Hotel alcantara seville entrance and sign
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Hotel alcantara seville entrance and sign
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Our great little hotel, highly recommended. Not too many rooms and has a great flamenco show right next to it.

The heaviness weighed on my mind,  as a simple error could take a life. I’ve seen it happen to friends over the years. As soon as the weekend was over, l would already be thinking of the next one that was always arrived way too soon. Folks, take it easy on your pharmacist. They are under a lot of pressure! Till today, l still hate the phone with a passion. I have used it for roughly 30 minutes in almost two years, and only have it because it’s a free line that comes with our cable package.

For the most part, l use it as a camera IF l carry it at all. I love my ipad because it does not ring :-). I don’t regret working obviously. In fact, l thoroughly enjoyed the first twenty four years. I specialized in HIV care and Oncology. The last six years l hated. A giant company had taken over, and dealing with corporate crap slowly burned me out.  It enabled me, however, to save and reach financial independence.

Our One day in Seville:

This was to me, a perfect day spent in what is rapidly becoming one of my favorite cities. Simple pleasures :-)

Our friends met us at the hotel in the late morning, giving us a chance to sleep in. We stayed at the Hotel Alcantara, which is located in the center. It’s a really neat little place, reasonably priced and has free wifi. They also have Flamenco shows on the ground floor for €15.

We didn’t see it, but from the applause of the audience, l gather it’s good. We walked through the tiny pedestrian only streets. One thing is for sure, there is no personal space. Some of the streets were so narrow, you had to wait for one person to pass through before you could go in. We spent quite a bit of time browsing the souvenir stores, buying postcards and magnets.

simple pleasures- seville center
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simple pleasures- seville center
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Simple pleasures like a walk through the ancient center in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood

 

souvenir items in front of Seville store. dresses, tee shirts aprons etc
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Simple pleasures: Walking in the park in Seville
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Simple pleasures: Walking in the park in Seville
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Simple pleasures that include a walk in the  park

We next walked through a park, not the Maria Luisa that l wrote about previously, but another really nice one with so many lovely fountains that was right by the Metro stop. We made our way off the main road, and went to this delightful tapas place called Taberna Autentica. What a find this place was!

The food was absolutely delicious. It was packed inside, mostly locals, so l knew we were on to a good thing. Even though it wasn’t a warm day, there were people braving the cold and sitting outside. Our friends were impressed as well, they thought the food was outstanding.

Taberna Autentica Sevilla:

Awesome Tapas
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Awesome Tapas
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Awesome Tapas

fede at taberna authentica seville
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fede at taberna authentica seville
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Who’s ready for some tapas?

The tapa sized pizza was delicious, and l finished it before l could take a photo :-)
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The tapa sized pizza was delicious, and l finished it before l could take a photo :-)
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The tapa sized pizza was delicious, and l finished it before l could take a photo :-)

I was hesitant to try this as it had spinach, but boy, was it good!
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I was hesitant to try this as it had spinach, but boy, was it good!
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I was hesitant to try this as it had spinach, but boy, was it good!

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that! tapas at restaurant seville
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A little bit of this, and a little bit of that! tapas at restaurant seville
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A little bit of this, and a little bit of that! Those little shrimpy things were the bomb!

 

Simple pleasures - Tapas at Taberna Autentico
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Simple pleasures - Tapas at Taberna Autentico
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This was hands down the most amazing thing ever, crunchy, sweet, delicious. Not sure what its called, but we ended up having another serving!

After lunch, we walked back to the Metro and rode it to the last stop, going West of the center. We wanted to get a feel of what  suburban Seville was like. We liked it. More tapas, more beer, and it was night time. We left early the next morning.

 

horse statue with man against cloudy skies seville spain
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See what l mean about simple pleasures?.

seville street with flags
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Are you liking Andalusia more? Spain is not just all about Barcelona and Madrid, even though we liked them! No siree, there are lovely places in the South of Spain, and l aim to discover them all. What are your simple pleasures?